Letters of Note: Blade Runner will prove invincible
Let me sum it up this way. Science fiction has slowly and ineluctably settled into a monotonous death: it has become inbred, derivative, stale. Suddenly you people have come in, some of the greatest talents currently in existence, and now we have a new life, a new start. As for my own role in the BLADE RUNNER project, I can only say that I did not know that a work of mine or a set of ideas of mine could be escalated into such stunning dimensions. My life and creative work are justified and completed by BLADE RUNNER. Thank you..and it is going to be one hell of a commercial success. It will prove invincible.
Philip K. Dick wrote this five months before he died, four months before film was released, and only having seen a short clip on TV. Yet, even he knew then what we know now. Every science fiction film made since owes a tremendous debt to Blade Runner.
Of further note, if you have not seen the Final Cut (not to be confused with the directors cut – see here) of the film you have not seen the film and, I would argue, you have perhaps seen one of the worst sci-fi films made, not the best.
Also, Letters of Note is one of my favorite diversions on all of the internets.