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    Just finished Michael McIntyre's auto biog. A tale of success after a long hard struggle to become a stand up comedian.

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    Philip K. Dick--The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
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    Will be vey interested of your opinion of Do Androids Dream. What is your general opinion of him as a writer Steve

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    @ Teddy, I have only recently just begun "really getting into" this author. I really appreciate the way he approaches the dualistic nature of both humans and reality: I think at the core of his writing and philosophical outlook is the question of what is really real and who is really human? Having both seen Blade Runner and now recently finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? {on which the latter is based} I can see how he continues to explore these questions/issues. I thought that the book was a lot less violent and sexy than its cinematic progeny; I enjoyed both very much. As a matter of fact I'm about to order Blade Runner: The Director's Cut from Netflix once I finish viewing Glengarry GlennRoss, either tonight or tomorrow night.
    p.s. Please forgive me if my language is kind of "off" tonite, I had the surgery on my ear earlier today to remove the basal cell carcinoma, and I'm still not at 100 per cent {whatever that might mean with my pea brain!}. I hope you are doing well Teddy, it's always a pleasure hearing from you and reading your posts. Stay well, my friend.
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    I am not certain whether Blade Runner was not based of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep but you are correct that the film was more violent and sexual than the book, which was more philosophical. I always felt that muck of Philip Dick's work has a religious base. But, he is one of the greats, right up there with sturgeon and Heinlen. Isn't anesthesia wonderful?
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    Rob, your comments are spot on! I do believe, however, that Blade Runner was indeed based on the original novella Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. You're right too, in this regard, Dick's use of anesthetics killed him and many of the friends he based his characters on {especially in A Scanner Darkly} at extremely young ages.
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    I left you my best wishes for your health on another post Steve. Take care of yourself. We would not want to lose you.
    Dick actually played some part in the production of the film. I have not read the book yet but I would not be surprised if the film was sexed up a bit for the audiences. The directors cut does not have the voice over nor the ending where they are escaping. There are a few extended scenes but nothing really new. The main differences are that without the escape ending and with one or two subtle difference Decker's human status is brought into question. You are led to believe that he was probably an android as well. It does put a different slant on the story. I do prefer the original version but then I did see it several times before I saw the directors cut. I believe there are seven different versions of the film, but only with small variations.

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    @ Teddy, I can't tell you how much your words and sentiments mean to me! I feel the same way about you and all my fellow members on this site, as well as Talk Classical.
    After reading your review of the Blade Runner director's cut version,I am thinking maybe to get both versions for comparision's sake; as you so well point out, there are so many endings of this film out there, it's hard to say which one could be termed definitive. I wonder what Dick thought, or if he ever expressed any opinion on this subject.
    Thanks again.
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    Over here Steve you can only get the original version on tape or by buying the multi disc set with five discs and costs about 60 pounds. I have the tape so at least I can still view it until I find a cheap copy. I am having the same trouble with Apocalypse Now. Have the directors cut which is not so good in my opinion, but have not been able to get the original, which I also had on tape.

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    Teddy, Isn't there the equivalent of our Netflix ordering service available in the U.K.?
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    Not heard of it Steve. Maybe you could send me a PM

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    Started to re read the James Bond books in chronological order. Fleming was probably the last of the romantic spy thriller writers (I know, Bond was counter espionage not a spy). Good exciting reads, well written and fun. Far superior to the films.

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    Philip K. Dick--Ubik
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    @ Teddy: Sorry, I just saw your Netflix post. Let me look into it and I'll pm you in a day or so.
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    Thanks Steve, just recieved it. Will let you know how I get on

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