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May 242017
 
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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:

Amazon Kindle – https://goo.gl/nQ12tW
Amazon Paperback – https://goo.gl/Nvx1H0
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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

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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

 

Aug 122016
 
 Posted by on August 12, 2016 No Responses »

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The Other Side of Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Man in the High Castle

What these projects have in common is that they are based on the books or stories of Philip K. Dick. And those are just the tip of the iceberg of PKD Hollywood hits.

But what about Phil the man?

For years I’d heard hints of Phil Dick as someone unrecognizable to one who knew him well. And I knew him well the last ten years of his life. However, it wasn’t until I started doing research for my own memoir that I realized just how off the charts some of the theories about Phil had grown. Instead of dissuading me, those accounts made me more determined than ever to bring to light the man I knew. Of course, I spoke to some of Phil’s other close friends – Tim Powers, James P Blaylock, Merry Lou Staylor. They agreed that the myths in no way resembled the man we knew. So I settled in to set the record straight.

All these stories were brought home  to me when I did a panel at the Philip K. Dick conference at California State University, Fullerton in April, 2016. Merry Lou, her husband, Pete, and I wandered around at the beginning of the conference for a bit, listening in to various presentations. We slipped into the back of one presentation being given by a PhD. I was almost immediately put off, as the researcher seemed to connect all of Phil’s writing to drugs.

Let me explain why this was off-putting. Phil was known for doing drugs up into the 1960s. He even wrote about it. However, once he moved to Southern California in 1972, he had undergone a complete change in attitude about drugs. The man I knew did not pop pills, or indeed take anything other than snuff and his prescribed medications. In fact he became a staunch anti-drug supporter.

But since Phil himself wrote about taking drugs, it’s understandable why someone might think what Phil wrote was true. Unfortunately that is not necessarily the case. Phil love stories. He loved writing them, he adored telling them and he especially enjoyed recounting his latest theories to his friends. The thing is – the theories were not always true, and Phil would later tell friends he was just pulling their legs or whatever. He did this a lot. He also did it in his writing. He might propose a theory and in the same session contradict that theory and move on to another.

He especially did this in his Exegesis – a daunting two-million-word work that is part journal, part story templates, part whatever he needed it to be at that moment. The one thing it is not is completely accurate. To point at anything in it and say “Oh, this defines Phil as a person” will send you in a direction so far removed from the real man that it becomes nonsense. And that is exactly what has happened.

There are theories out there about who Phil really was and why he did whatever. Phil himself contributed so many different things that trying to get a sense of who Phil really was is close to impossible. Because Phil the man was nothing like those theories. He is not the myth that has sprung up about him. In fact, Phil himself would probably be appalled at the legends about him. But maybe – just maybe – he might think they were hilarious. And maybe even have a good laugh that his ultimate joke had been played as all these folks try to (incorrectly) dissect his personality. I can hear him saying, “I really had you going.”

So in the end, maybe Phil would enjoy all these silly theories and the nonsense that has been assigned to him by people who never met him. Folks who don’t have the advantage of knowing that Phil loved a good joke. But I do think part of him would regret that the real Phil was left out of the mix.

But no worries. Phil’s friends took care of that part. Tim and Jim have been telling the truth for ages. And I wrote a book that will give new insight as to just who Phil Dick was. It wasn’t an easy task. I did a lot of fact checking, research and talking to friends. But I did manage to capture the Phil that his friends knew. I hope you enjoy the real man as much as we did.

At the end of the day there is this truth: Philip K. Dick does not need to be sensationalized to be interesting.

 

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The Other Side of Philip K. Dick

Now available in all formats!

Get your copy today from your favorite online retailer:

Amazon Kindle – https://goo.gl/nQ12tW
Amazon Paperback – https://goo.gl/Nvx1H0
Barnes & Noble Paperback – http://goo.gl/GzEVxz
Barnes & Noble Nook – http://goo.gl/o92tkr
iTunes – https://goo.gl/LDArxc
Kobo – https://goo.gl/uax6Fm
Smashwords – https://goo.gl/zbBGE9