Thursday, August 26, 2004

Philip K. Dick

Found this great website on the life and body of work of Philip K. Dick, from whose stories were derived such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Screamers. In the 'Writings' section, there's a really cool, previously unpublished treatment of a novel he didn't get to write before his death in 1982.

There's this fantastic quote from him, that exemplifies and describes so well why I write SF:

"I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards. Okay, so I should revise my standards; I'm out of step. I should yield to reality. I have never yielded to reality. That's what SF is all about. If you wish to yield to reality, go read Philip Roth; read the New York literary establishment mainstream bestselling writers….This is why I love SF. I love to read it; I love to write it. The SF writer sees not just possibilities but wild possibilities. It's not just 'What if' - it's 'My God; what if' - in frenzy and hysteria. The Martians are always coming."

And the sky is not the limit.

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