I have heard this a couple of times now but I don't know the reasoning behind this. I know that the film adaptation of the novel was released shortly before the authors death.

Also, if this is the case, what was Ridley Scott's response to his distress?

  • Thanks for the link there. However, I heard that his take on the film was not what he had imagined and that he was not impressed. Perhaps I have been misinformed though. Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 12:36
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    Given that letter he wrote and how he died inbetween the letter and the movie's release it seems pretty unlikely that he had a problem with it. Do you perhaps have a link to anyone claiming he did?
    – jono
    Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 12:53
  • Will research and see what I can come up with. Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 12:57
  • After some 'quick' research, it seems he had a problem with early scripts (Herb Jaffe). Considering how long ago it was actually written. I have just seen some information from a fan website: Link Perhaps this is what was actually meant when I read the report (I cannot remember where now as it was a while ago but was always something I sort of thought about...) Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 13:12
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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep wasn't a short story, it was a novel...
    – evilsoup
    Commented Aug 3, 2013 at 10:01

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"Why was Philip K Dick so distressed..."
Easy answer; he wasn't.

If you read Mike Scott's excellent answer, you will see that, although he never saw the completed version, what he did see impressed him significantly enough that he sent a glowingly complimentary letter to the production company, thanking them for their contribution to the field of SciFi, which he felt had been stagnating.

  • Yeah, I read it. PKD did feel that SciFi was stagnating and that the original scripts were extremely sub-par. However, his attitude obviously changed when a new script was written in 1980 and submitted in 1981. Upon seeing an unfinished version of the film he was obviously delighted. Thanks all who helped answer my question. Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 14:24
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    You mean the field of futurism ;-)
    – Zommuter
    Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 14:24
  • Yes, the field of futurism!! =] Commented Aug 2, 2013 at 14:27

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