everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world,”
wrote Terry Gilliam, “remember: Philip K Dick got there first.”
that Gilliam should blurb PKD because they’re so alike, two ideas men whose
work challenges and redefines the limits of reality. The heroes of Dick’s
novels and short stories are similar to the Jonathan Pryce character in Brazil,
meek little clerks who have a very good reason to be paranoid about the
faceless authority figures they know are out to get them.
crying shame that Gilliam never got to adapt PKD because the former Python
could really bring out the humour in Dick’s work. Dick was, first and foremost,
a screamingly funny writer whose satirical jabs mean his books are so much more than “mere” science fiction.
If you only
know Dick from the big budget adaptations of his novels, though, you might
think that he writes stories about tough talking men of action who get into
chases every few minutes. Hollywood doesn’t really “get” Dick but even though the
results are wildly inconsistent, that’s never stopped them from adapting his
work to the big screen.
Here are the
ten most famous adaptations, ranked best to worst.