Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams TV tie-in

This is a little bit off-topic but I’m a big Philip K Dick fan so why not…

Channel 4 has done a new anthology series based on ten of the short stories by Philip K Dick, author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and The Man in the High Castle.

Back in the early 1990s I read all of PKD’s short stories in the form of the five volume Complete Stories. I seem to recall that just about every story had a great key concept so I’m looking forward to rediscovering them.

This new collection includes the ten stories adapted for the new series.

The stories in this collection, from the pen of Philip K. Dick, form the inspiration for the ten-part anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, broadcast on Channel 4.

Starring, amongst others, Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger and Steve Buscemi, each episode is set to be a thrilling standalone drama adapted from the original story by a team of British and American writers.

The series will both illustrate Philip K. Dick’s prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized Sci-Fi novelist’s work.

Philip Kindred Dick (1928-82) was born in Chicago in 1928. His career as a science fiction writer comprised an early burst of short stories followed by a stream of novels, typically character studies incorporating androids, drugs, and hallucinations.

His best works are generally agreed to be The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner.

The stories included are:

The Hood Maker
Impossible Planet
The Commuter
Exhibit Piece
Sales Pitch
Human Is
The Hanging Stranger
Autofac
Foster You’re Dead
The Father-thing
If There Were No Benny Cemoli
Holy Quarrel

The Electric Dreams book is out from Gollancz on 14 September 2017 so it should be available now.

The first episode is broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday 17 September 2017.