The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick was one of the more fascinating figures among the ranks of science fiction writers, but you'd never guess it from Mark Steensland's unenlightening video documentary. From 1952 until his death 30 years later, Dick created a unique body of work that questioned our perception of reality and human consciousness (his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was the source material for the film Blade Runner). Yet Steensland spends little time examining Dick's work or placing his career in any literary context, focusing instead on his drug binges and psychotic episodes during the early 70s. Of the friends and fans interviewed, only writer Robert Anton Wilson contributes anything insightful, leaving the others to ramble speculatively about Dick's motives and sources of inspiration. Even diehard fans may have a tough time sitting through this. 80 min.

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