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Published by Tessa B. Dick
questions and answers about science fiction author Philip K. Dick, answers by his fifth wife Tessa B. Dick
questions and answers about science fiction author Philip K. Dick, answers by his fifth wife Tessa B. Dick

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Tessa,John K. Muir, our media reviewer, sent a few questions if you have time to look atthem and the inclination to offer any thoughts:1. What is it about Dick's science fiction work that makes it such fertile ground for Hollywood producers?The characters are well-rounded, which appeals to actors. Phil’s vision of the future gives producers confidence that his works will make big films with bigideas, and not just throw-away or feel-good films.2. Thoughts on Minority Report?Minority Report draws upon ideas from Phil’s entire body of work,presenting a holistic view of the paranoiac vision that haunted him. Thescreenwriter correctly interpreted his philosophic vision as a cautionary tale aboutthe nightmare that lies in wait for us if we choose security over liberty.3. Of all the adapted works (to film) - Blade Runner, Total Recall, Imposter,Minority Report - which has been the most faithful to Dick's ethos? Leastfaithful?I already answered this one. (Bladerunner embodies his darkest visions,while Total Recall displays his sense of humor.)4. Why do you think Dick's original titles are rarely used (i.e. Blade Runner vs. DoAndroids... or Total Recall vs. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale...)Actually, the books rarely carry Phil’s original titles, as the editors usuallywrote new titles after reading his manuscripts. Phil often commented that hecouldn’t write good titles. If he could, he would have been an advertising writer instead of a novelist.5. How does the current state of the art (special effects...) help or hurt in bringingout the values of the author? Which do you think would have been the author'sfavorite adaptation, regardless of faithfulness to his work? Why?[This is one question? Looks like two unrelated q’s to me]Special effects catch the attention of the movie-going audience, bringingmore young people and technical types into the theater.Phil would have liked Minority Report more than the others, primarilybecause it takes place in Washington, D.C., where he spent some of the happiestyears of his childhood. In addition, the hero succeeds more through intellect thanby physical prowess.

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