The Exegesis: Dick’s true feelings about Blade Runner

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
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December 12, 1981

People might assume it would be a victory for Dick to have one of his books made into a movie, but instead he calls it “the greatest defeat.” He doesn’t think Android’s themes survived in Blade Runner and goes so far as to say his work had been twisted into “fascist power fantasies.” The true victory comes from any renewed interest in the novel.

He has a revelation that the Godhead has inhabited the animal kingdom, which is an extension of the Tagore vision. He sees this as the true message, something he included in Androids but didn’t understand at the time. As the novel is rereleased in conjunction with Blade Runner this message will find its widest audience. 

He feels he can finally relax as he has done his job in spreading the word. Again he is glad he turned down the offer to write a novelization of the movie. The Tagore aspect of Androids conflicts with what he calls the “Heinlein power fantasies” of Blade Runner, and he is proud he didn’t sell out by suppressing the original book.