There’s a piece in The Conversation about the relation between the novel, Do androids dream of electric sheep? (Philip K. Dick) and the two movies that were based on it: Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and a new update, Blade Runner 2049 (dir. Denis Villeneuve) just released.
I was obsessed with science fiction and especially the work of Philip K. Dick as a teenager. It has been great to be able to review the relation between the book and the two films. Adaptations of the author’s writing has become a major industry. Whilst it is fantastic to be able to share my passion for these stories, it is rather unfortunate that Philip K. Dick died before he could really reap any of the rewards that have arisen from the many adaptations of his stories into major features such as Minority Report and Total Recall. Was Philip K. Dick a ‘tortured genius’ much in the same vein as van Gough who only saw fame after death?
Another recent publication has appeared in the book Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality: Empowering Human Place and Business , edited by Timothy Jung and Mandy tom Dieck. The chapter I have contributed is called “Urban Encounters Reloaded: towards a descriptive account of augmented space”. The chapter was written in partnership with colleagues Ava Fatah gen. Schieck from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and my long time friend and collaborator, David Robison, who now heads up the Capital of Cycling hub in Bradford.