Phoenix from the Ashes: The Literature of the Remade World

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sheep? attempts to solve the problem of how to deal with catastrophe by seeking to return us to our essence, to our essential humanity. By implication, a return to the human, a seeking and finding of the good, the true, and just in ourselves, may prevent such catastrophes from occurring.


NOTES
1.
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ( New York: Del Rey, 1968), pp. 25-26.
2.
Ibid., p. 26.
3.
Philip K. Dick, "Man, Android and Machine," in Science Fiction at Large, ed. Peter Nicholls ( New York: Harper & Row, 1976), pp. 202-3.
4.
Philip K. Dick, Our Friends from Frolix 8 ( New York: Ace, 1970), p. 41.
5.
Dick, Androids, p. 26.
6.
Ibid., p. 66.
7.
Ibid., p. 117.
8.
Ibid., p. 3.
9.
Philip K. Dick, "Universe Makers . . . and Breakers," SelecTV Guide 3, 1 (February 15-March 28, 1981), p. 8. "SelecTV" is a subscription television service headquartered in Los Angeles. At the time this chapter was written, I was the managing editor of the Guide and Dick an interested subscriber to the service. I asked him if he would like to submit an article to complement a science-fiction film festival "SelecTV" was running.
10.
Ibid., p. 8.
11.
These name changes seem designed to remove any traces of ethnicity from the characters.
12.
Dick, Androids, p. 24.
13.
Ibid., pp. 169, 173.
14.
Blade Runner, dir. Ridley Scott, Warner Bros., 1982.
15.
Ibid.
16.
For a further discussion of the film's atmosphere relating Blade Runner to Film Noir and of the significance of the Christian symbolism in the film, see my article "Blade Runner: Science Fiction and Transcendence," in Literature/Film Quarterly 13, 3 ( 1985), pp. 172-79.
17.
Blade Runner.

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