Forget it, Kinbote, it’s Chinatown: A Blade Runner 2049 reference guide

Didn’t get the reference? The A.V. Club is here to help, picking apart the network of literary references and allusions that make up the ambitious alternate-future reality of Blade Runner 2049. The cyberpunk novelist William Gibson once praised the original Blade Runner’s intoxicating mix of quotations and designs as…

Blade Runner translated Philip K. Dick’s sparse mindfuck into Ridley Scott’s overwhelming vision

Shortly after the election, there was a minor debate in literary circles about which classic dystopian novel better reflected and anticipated the Trump era. Readers voted for George Orwell, sending 1984 back atop the bestseller lists, while critics generally opted for Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. The choice, as …

Like tears in rain, it’s Blade Runner rendered in Microsoft Paint

The faces are ghostly white and weirdly round in shape. Bright, Crayola-esque colors dominate the wardrobe and set dressing. And clunky looking, oversize word balloons hover over the characters’ heads. But, still, there’s no mistaking it: This is Blade Runner, all right. Artist David MacGowan has been faithfully if…

Read This: Philip K. Dick’s unfinished final novel might have been like Tron

When science-fiction author Philip K. Dick died at 53 in 1982, just months shy of the premiere of Blade Runner, he left behind a legacy that included dozens of novels written over the course of three decades, as well as a number of short stories and film and TV adaptations of his work. But Dick’s illness and early…

Eighth High Castle episode reminds, “Nazis are people too!”

This weekend, A.V. Club contributor Shelby Fero is watching all of the first season of The Man In The High Castle on Amazon Prime. After she’s finished with an episode, she’ll post a quick response. Though she’s working straight through the season, she’ll be taking some breaks, too, posting two reviews on Friday, four…

Beware killing yourself with kindness in the penultimate High Castle

This weekend, A.V. Club contributor Shelby Fero is watching all of the first season of The Man In The High Castle on Amazon Prime. After she’s finished with an episode, she’ll post a quick response. Though she’s working straight through the season, she’ll be taking some breaks, too, posting two reviews on Friday, four…

Impossible to see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil in High Castle’s sixth episode

This weekend, A.V. Club contributor Shelby Fero is watching all of the first season of The Man In The High Castle on Amazon Prime. After she’s finished with an episode, she’ll post a quick response. Though she’s working straight through the season, she’ll be taking some breaks, too, posting two reviews on Friday, four…

High Castle’s uneven seventh episode reveals nothing new

This weekend, A.V. Club contributor Shelby Fero is watching all of the first season of The Man In The High Castle on Amazon Prime. After she’s finished with an episode, she’ll post a quick response. Though she’s working straight through the season, she’ll be taking some breaks, too, posting two reviews on Friday, four…

In its first episode, The Man In The High Castle builds a world but not its characters

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Any open-ended adaptation of a novel is going to have to take substantial liberties with the source text in order to keep the narrative engine cranking for however long it continues. (Take it from me, the guy who reviewed Under The Dome for three seasons.) The Man In The High Castle showrunner/writer Frank Spotnitz…

Amazon is making a TV show based on Philip K. Dick’s Man In The High Castle

For a Hugo Award-winning novel, Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle has had a surprisingly hard time being adapted into a TV series. Well, “surprisingly” might not be the right word, since the book is about an alternate reality in which the Nazis and Japan won World War II and then took over the United States.…