Critical Mass Sept 28th: Electric dreams of P K Dick

If you think about film adaptations of SF stories, you might well notice the large number of films (and TV shows) based on the works of Philip K Dick.

This month, we’re inviting you to read one (or more) of his stories, then watch a film (or TV show) based on the story. Was it an interesting film? How faithful was it to the story? Did they make any major changes? What is your favourite PK Dick film? How faithful was it?

Films based on PK Dick stories

Title (year of publication)Title (Year, Director)
Second Variety (1953)Screamers (1995, Christian Duguay)
Screamers: the Hunting (2009, Sheldon Wilson)
Paycheck (1953)Paycheck (2003, John Woo)
Imposter (1953)Imposter (2002, Gary Fleder)
Adjustment Team (1954)The Adjustment Bureau (2011, George Nolfi)
The Golden Man (1954)Next (2007, Lee Tamahori)
The Crystal Crypt (1954)The Crystal Crypt (2013, Shahab Zargari)
The Minority Report (1956)Minority Report (2002, Steven Speilberg)
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (1966)Total Recall (1990, Paul Verhoeven)
Total Recall (2012, Len Wiseman)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968 novel)Blade Runner (1982, Ridley Scott)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017, Denis Villeneuve)
Confessions of a Crap Artist (1975 Novel)Confessions d’un Barjo (1992, Jérôme Boivin)
Radio Free Albemuth (1976 Novel)Radio Free Albemuth (2008, John Alan Simon)
A Scanner Darkly (1977 Novel) A Scanner Darkly (2006, Richard Linklater)

TV episodes/series based on P K Dick Stories

Title (year)Directorepisode, series
The Hood Maker (1953)Julian JarroldThe Hood Maker, Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams
The Commuter (1953)Tom HarperThe Commuter, Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams
The Hanging Stranger (1953)Dee ReesKill All Others, Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams
Imposter (1953)Terry NationImposter, Out of This World (1982)
Sales Pitch (1954)Marc MundenCrazy Diamond, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Exhibit Piece (1954)Jeffrey ReinerReal Life, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
The Father Thing (1954)Michael DinnerThe Father Thing, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
The Impossible Planet (1955)David FarrThe Impossible Planet, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Human Is (1955)Francesca GregoriniHuman Is, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Autofac (1955)Peter HortonAutofac, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Foster, You’re Dead! (1955)Alan TaylorSafe and Sound, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Minority ReportMinority Report (2015)
The Man In The High CastleThe Man In The High Castle TV series (2015)
Total RecallTotal Recall 2070 (1999)

They have collected the stories on which the TV series Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams is based in the book Electric Dreams. Alternatively, the stories can be found in the five volume collected short stories of PK Dick (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Collected_Stories_of_Philip_K._Dick for a listing of stories by volume)

Doors open at Kappys in Compton St at 6:15, meeting starts at 6:30 Adelaide time.
It will be a joint live/zoom meeting, barring a nasty outbreak of a new covid variety.

Critical Mass
Time: Sep 28, 2022 6:30pm Adelaide / 7pm Melbourne

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89275675259?pwd=UG4rT0RaNFpOOEwyWlJOU0xOcHJ1UT09

Meeting ID: 892 7567 5259
Passcode: CritMass

Let us know if we’ve left out any interesting PK Dick adaptations!