Trivia

Hard

Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, And Minority Report Are All Based On Works By?

Isaac Asimov
John Wyndham
Frank Herbert
Philip K. Dick
A photo from a BBC interview of Philip K. Dick.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Answer: Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was a prolific novelist, short story writer, essayist, and philosopher who generated an enormous body of critically acclaimed work. He wrote 44 novels, 121 short stories, and through his science fiction works exerted a huge amount of influence on the genre.

He won a Hugo Award for his 1963 novel The Man in the High Castle and in 2007 he became the first science fiction writer to be added to The Library of America series with the inclusion of his novels The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Ubik (the last of which was named one of the top 100 English novels published since 1923 by Time magazine).

Even if you’re not an avid science fiction reader, you’ve certainly come into contact with his works thanks to Hollywood. A dozen of his novels and short stories have been turned into sci-fi movies. His short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” became Total Recall. The novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? became the iconic 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner. Other popular films like Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Screamers, Next, The Adjustment Bureau, and Paycheck were also derived from his stories and novels.

His works remain popular even today. In early 2015, Amazon ran a pilot for a series based on his novel The Man in the High Castle and it was their most-watched pilot since the original series development program began. They immediately gave the green-light for full production of the show (and it went on to run for 4 seasons).

At the rate with which Dick’s work has proven consistently prescient and topical to the current political struggles, technological struggles, and philosophical questions we find our culture wrestling with, and given how large a body of work he produced, we should be enjoying Philip K. Dick-derived works for decades to come.

Trivia

Hard

Which Drink Is, Thanks To Federal Law, Now Artificially Flavored?

Trivia

Very Hard

In The First Half Of The 20th Century Which Of These Was An Olympic Sport?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Early Video Game Console Offered Perfect Arcade-To-Home Game Ports?

Trivia

Hard

The Highway Safety Feature Known As A “Rumble Strip” Was First Introduced In?

Trivia

Very Hard

To Assist With Construction Of The Saturn V Rockets, Which Of These Groups Was Brought In As Consultants?

Trivia

Hard

What Odd Treatment Are Spas In The Former Soviet State of Azerbaijan Famous For?

Trivia

Easy

The Only Planet In Our Solar System That Isn’t Named After A Roman Deity Is?

Trivia

Hard

The World’s Smallest Mammal Is The?

Trivia

Hard

The Most Intense Period Of Conflict In The History Of Paleontology Is Known As The?

Trivia

Hard

Which Two Comic Book Icons Shared The Same Movie Set Mansion?