Thursday, June 26, 2014
Radio Free Albemuth to open at movie theaters this weekend
The movie adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, Radio Free Albemuth, will open in many U.S. cities this weekend. The official website is here, and if you look here, you can find where the movie is being screened, beginning on Friday.
I am not a Dick expert, although I've been reading him since before he was "cool," but I know that the true Dick experts, such as Ted Hand, I guy I follow on Twitter, are very excited about this movie. It is considered perhaps the most faithful adaptation of Dick's work. A Kickstarter campaign was held to get it inside movie theaters. The movie stars Alanis Morissette.
Robert Anton Wilson and Philip K. Dick were fans of each other, and both experienced unsettling experiences in receiving information that came perhaps from space, events chronicled by Wilson in Cosmic Trigger and by Dick in the VALIS trilogy of novels, which includes VALIS, The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. Radio Free Albemuth, published posthumously, was an earlier version of VALIS.
Here's an interview with the movie's writer and director, John Alan Simon.
Ken Campbell on how RAW turned him on to Philip K. Dick.
Philip K. Dick and Robert Anton Wilson, a blog post by Ted Hand.
Science fiction editor David Hartwell describes when RAW and Dick first met (answer to the first question.)
Hat tips, Adrian Reynolds, Ted Hand.