Noone can do an adequate Philip K Dick tribute, but we can all contribute a bit here and there I think. Provide a leaf or two that will perhaps one day be compiled into the masterwork, that describes his life. A comprehensive site resides at http://www.philipkdick.com/
Personally, I have to admit to a deep respect for the author and the man. Just last night (September 30, 2009), whilst visiting a friend in hospital, I re-read on of his short stories. My friend had ordered Second Variety, a collection of his short stories, from Amazon, and they'd been delivered that day. I read "The Hanging Man", and it was as close to a perfect short story as any I've read. It almost makes me think that it's not worth writing, that perfection has been achieved. But I know that's wrong. I know that technology has moved on, and opened up new ways to hold new mirrors up to reflect ourselves. Well, something like that. Who knows how it will turn out, I never do, from the first word to the penultimate paragraph, it's all a magical ghost-writing mystery. I'm the divinely invaded medium something (whatever it is) chooses to write through.
Today, on Twitter of all mediums, I read a note that suggested Rudy Rucker (current sci-fi writer) and Phil (I think they meant PKD) exchanged letters. Phil once returned Rudy Rucker a manuscript of Rudy's, with annotations and corrections. Ouch, that would be hard for anyone to accept from anyone but your editor. I guess though, if anyone was qualified to review your work, then PKD was a good person.
So what Dick stories have been made into movies?
|Movie||Year Released||PKD Story based on|
|Next||2007||The Golden Man (short story)|
|Minority Report||2002||The Minority Report (short story)|
|Impostor||2001||Impostor (short story)|
|Paycheck||2003||Paycheck (short story)|
|Bladerunner||1982||Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (novel)|
|A Scanner Darkly||2006||A Scanner Darkly (novel)|
|Total Recall||1990||We Can Remember It For You Wholesale|
|Screamers||1995||Second Variety (short story)|
|Screamers:The Hunting||2009||Second Variety (short story)|
|Confessions d'un Barjo||1992||Confessions of a Crap Artist|
|Total Recall 2070||1999||Seems to be a Blade-Runner (the movie) and Total Recall mish-mash. Contains emphasis on androids trying to be human, but the Rekall mempry implants are there too. And Mars. Series, 22 episodes.|
And what documentaries can we see that involve him?
Philip K Dick - A Day in the Afterlife. 1994 Arena documentary