Philip K. Dick
An important voice in expanding the science fiction genre.
December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982
Philip K. Dick is one of the most important figures in 20th century science fiction. He was brilliantly inventive, gaining access to imaginative realms to which no other writer of science fiction had reached before.
A major theme that runs through his work concerns the nature of reality. In the Hugo Award-winning novel The Man in the High Castle (1962), the characters live in an alternate world in which the Allies lost WWII but experience visions of our reality. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), filmed in 1982 as Blade Runner, the protagonist must hunt down android look-alike humans illegally imported from Mars.
Dick's work has impacted the film industry more than any other science fiction author. Although Blade Runner was initially considered a commercial failure, it grew into a cult favorite and is now thought to be one of science fiction’s finest films.