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May 242017
 
 Posted by on May 24, 2017 2 Responses »

Memories

I was there the day when two giants from differing realms of the entertainment world met.

There were a lot of people around the day Philip K. Dick met Ridley Scott. Lots of folks from the Blade Runner crew were there who could tell you about it.

But I was the only one there who knew Phil.

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Philip K. Dick only met Ridley Scott one time – the day Phil was invited to view the special effects months prior to the Blade Runner premiere. Sadly that would be the only one of a few clips of the film he would see. He also saw something on some TV show. Phil passed on in March of 1982.

Having known Phil for almost ten years, our friendship had grown to the comfort level you usually only get with the passing of years. I was with him or talked on the phone almost every day the last year of his life. The year that included the visit to the studio where we saw the models for the sets and some of the props and other cool stuff. That day is burned into my mind . . . even these 35 plus years later.

Phil was not a happy camper when he first heard about Scott directing. He even said so in a now infamous interview with Paul M. Sammon for TV Guide Select. Paul is also the author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.

Phil hated the script (it deviated too much from his book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) and was unimpressed with Harrison Ford’s casting. I did what I could to nudge him, explaining why this film had tremendous potential. He went from utter disdain to a grudging acceptance that he could do nothing about the things he didn’t like – so he might as well accept the situation. It took months to get him to that point.

But the day of the meeting? He was somewhat excited. He tried to hide it, but I saw it. I look back now and give myself a tiny pat on the back with a mental “My work was done.”

However, the special effects that Phil saw that day were what really won him over. (Insert the “I loosened it for you” thought here.) We sat next to each other with Ridley behind us. About eight people were in the studio standing around while a woman photographed us.

It was explained that the music we would hear was not the one to be used in the film. The opening scene from the film played, followed by scenes with the blimp, the city, and the flying cars. As scene after scene progressed, I felt Phil’s entire mood change.

When the clip ended, Phil turned to Scott in amazement. “You captured the exact mood I was going for in my book! I can’t wait to see the entire film because this was very impressive. It’s like you could see into my mind.”

Today we would say he had a fanboy moment with Scott. Yes, he was that enthusiastic. From that moment on Phil was hooked with the Blade Runner project and quite proud to have his name on the film.

Having seen the film numerous times. I think Phil would be happy with the end result. And as for Blade Runner 2049? I can’t wait!

 

Want to know more about Phil? Check out my memoir, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick.

Now available at these retailers:

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May 172017
 
 Posted by on May 17, 2017 No Responses »

MARKED BEAUTY

by S.A. Larsen

 

Cover by M Joseph Murphy

Title: Marked Beauty

Author: S.A. Larsen

Publisher: Ellysian Press

Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

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S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.

Connect with her on:

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The giveaway begins May 17th and will be open until May 23rd. Winners will be announced May 24th via social media.

 

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Nov 222016
 
 Posted by on November 22, 2016 No Responses »

Ellysian Press Holiday Sale

Amazon eBooks $0.99

All ebooks from Ellysian Press are on sale at Amazon 11/25/16 – 12/31/16. That means my entire Modern Magics series is available for less than $4!!! Plus all of the other EP authors’ awesome ebooks are also on sale for $0.99!

 

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Here’s my Amazon Author Page with my Modern Magics series, as well as my other books.

 

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And be sure to check out these great authors!

Sean T. Poindexter

Louann Carroll

Lillie J. Roberts

Agnes Jayne

Toni DePalma

VC Birlidis

Carol Holland March

Chad Ganske

 

 

Aug 212016
 
 Posted by on August 21, 2016 No Responses »

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Maer’s Book Signing – Barnes & Noble

Live in the Las Vegas, Nevada area? Love SciFi?

Philip K. Dick wrote numerous science fiction books and stories which ended up on Hollywood screens. Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle are just a few of those hits. My new memoir, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick, covers my friendship with Phil the last ten years of his life. I’ll be chatting about the book at the Henderson Barnes & Noble from 1 PM to 3 PM on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Please join us for the discussion and book signing. In addition to the memoir, I’ll have copies of all of my books for purchase and signing.

If you’re able to make it, please let me know you found out via my website.

Hope to see you there!

Where: Barnes & Noble

When: Saturday, August 27,2016

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM

Address: 567 North Stephanie, Henderson, Nevada

Map & Directions