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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Save Philip K. Dick!

MY SF book club's meeting on the weekend was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Dick, which I had never read before. It's remarkable how much story and ideas Dick could cram into 200 pages, especially considering that many authors today do less in 800 pages. Maybe all the drugs helped.

Surprisingly, we manage to have quite the discussion about the book while barely mentioning the movie. Apparently, there's never been a novelization of Blade Runner, although Bill had a copy of Do Androids... that had the movie poster on the cover, was titled Blade Runner, and was subtitled Do Androids.., which is rather the piece of false advertising.

Also according to Bill, when the movie came out, the studio was planning on having Alan Dean Foster write a novelization, and then they going to keep the original novel out-of-print, so the novelization would be the official version of the story. Bill swore this was true, although I can't believe that even a movie studio would be this malevolent.

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I do seem to recall, myself, that there was rumour of a novelization of "Blade Runner" that was going to come out. I don't know if it was supposed to "replace" DADOES, but I do recall the rumour about the movie novelization. I guess the movie studio decided against it when someone explained to them how stupid that would be.
And yes, I think the drugs DID help.

Yeah, Dick must have been doing some weird stuff, especially when you consider how many threads of the novel end up just being dropped, or not going anywhere, or just not explained, and it's still a really good book.

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