Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

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    This looks promising. Ronald D. Moore plus Bryan Cranston? Count me in. And it starts this weekend. [LINK]

    Philip K Dick’s short stories will come to life in a new 10-part TV series from Channel 4, Sony and Amazon entitled Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams. “This is an electric dream come true,” said showrunner Bryan Cranston in an early press release. “We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”

    This sci-fi master’s dystopian visions seem far from a dream, however, and in a preview screening we witnessed alternative futures where feared telepaths incited riots (episode one; The Hood Maker) and porcine beings and humans share a crumbling world where souls are engineered in test tubes (Crazy Diamond). Other stories in the anthology touch on VR, body snatchers, space travellers, sanctioned violence, sinister factories and paranoid societies. Perhaps it’s a sign of our troubled times that Dick’s work remains hugely popular? “His stories inspired a lot of us since childhood,” co-producer and writer Ron Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica) told us. “If you like sci-fi you can’t help but like Philip K Dick… He took a lot of mad things and threw them onto the page!”

    Amazon will carry it over here; when they’ll do so is a good question. Dropping each one day-and-date with the UK airings would be the smartest possible move.

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