My god, this movie is the greatest defeat…and victory…
–Philip K. Dick, “Exegesis”
It’s the end of 1981, and science-fiction author Philip K. Dick should, by all rights, be ecstatic. After decades of struggle, he had finally reached a point not only of critical and mass-market recognition of his work—but a major film adaptation was in the works based on his story Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?.
But instead of considering this a great achievement, Dick found it to be his greatest—and, as it would turn out unfortunately, last—spiritual “temptation.”