Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle is coming to Syfy

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Enough with posting links without stories. The board is getting really bad about that lately.
 

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It's io9 shit blog spam anyway.
 

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"is coming to SyFy" is a boner killer.
 

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I'm at the point where I see that as a fluke more than a sign of hope.
Was BSG even a properly SyFy Channel production or did they just fund it/buy it? I see this project has Ridley Scott involved, so I doubt this will be a Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus kinda thing... But who knows. I won't say I'm terribly optimistic, but I'm willing to reserve judgment for now.
 

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That's one I haven't read but I have the audiobook, narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Isn't it about the Nazis winning WWII or something like that?
 

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That's one I haven't read but I have the audiobook, narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Isn't it about the Nazis winning WWII or something like that?
Sounds like an April book club candidate to me.
 

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That's one I haven't read but I have the audiobook, narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Isn't it about the Nazis winning WWII or something like that?
Yes. He claims that it isn't fiction, but rather a vision of reality in another dimension. He took it very seriously.
 

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That's one I haven't read but I have the audiobook, narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Isn't it about the Nazis winning WWII or something like that?
This is the plot to the movie "Fatherland" with Rutger Hauer. The aren't related are they?
 

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This is the plot to the movie "Fatherland" with Rutger Hauer. The aren't related are they?
Most likely not. There are a fuck ton of alt history books with the Nazis winning.
 

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Yes. He claims that it isn't fiction, but rather a vision of reality in another dimension. He took it very seriously.
I know it came after High Castle, but the guy ended up writing an extensive religious treatise (Exegesis) that came from an artificial intelligence talking to him (the inspiration for VALIS). Dude was a tad nutty. And I might be getting that story completely wrong.
 

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I know it came after High Castle, but the guy ended up writing an extensive religious treatise (Exegesis) that came from an artificial intelligence talking to him (the inspiration for VALIS). Dude was a tad nutty. And I might be getting that story completely wrong.
Here's Dick talking a little crazy:
How awkward it must have been to sit in that audience.
 

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DrewDown I remember reading that Bill Pullman was going to play PKD in a biopic.

Apparently it's called "Your Name Here," it was completed in 2008 and it was never released even though there are a couple of reviews of it.

http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/reviews/your-name-here
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0837802/

There's a trailer trailer http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/your-name-here/trailer

and a teaser trailer


I wonder if the guy who made this was "inspired" by Cronenberg's Naked Lunch (with the teaser trailer from A Clockwork Orange)
 

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I won't say that the film looks good, but I'm interested enough to check it out. I watched a Discover Channel biography of Dick the other day that was pretty interesting (if a bit shallow).

One thing that stuck with me was the stuff about the pinkish purple light that would talk to him and give him visions. Apparently, he was listening to the Beatles one day and had a visitation by this light being. He was told to rush his infant son to the hospital right away because he had a hernia or something. Dick got up, took the baby to the hospital, and sure enough the baby would have died from a hernia that went undiagnosed at his birth. Now, is this an apocryphal story or true, because that's pretty damn cool if true. If it's true, it's also potentially frightening, given his claims to authority on the subject of reality.

fenrir, comment?
 

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I won't say that the film looks good, but I'm interested enough to check it out. I watched a Discover Channel biography of Dick the other day that was pretty interesting (if a bit shallow).
I scouted my usual suspects and came up with nothing. I would totally watch it if I came across it.

One thing that stuck with me was the stuff about the pinkish purple light that would talk to him and give him visions. Apparently, he was listening to the Beatles one day and had a visitation by this light being. He was told to rush his infant son to the hospital right away because he had a hernia or something. Dick got up, took the baby to the hospital, and sure enough the baby would have died from a hernia that went undiagnosed at his birth. Now, is this an apocryphal story or true, because that's pretty damn cool if true. If it's true, it's also potentially frightening, given his claims to authority on the subject of reality.
I read the same story too.

fenrir, comment?
 

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I won't say that the film looks good, but I'm interested enough to check it out. I watched a Discover Channel biography of Dick the other day that was pretty interesting (if a bit shallow).

One thing that stuck with me was the stuff about the pinkish purple light that would talk to him and give him visions. Apparently, he was listening to the Beatles one day and had a visitation by this light being. He was told to rush his infant son to the hospital right away because he had a hernia or something. Dick got up, took the baby to the hospital, and sure enough the baby would have died from a hernia that went undiagnosed at his birth. Now, is this an apocryphal story or true, because that's pretty damn cool if true. If it's true, it's also potentially frightening, given his claims to authority on the subject of reality.

fenrir, comment?
As I understand one of those door-to-door religious folks came to his house and when he answered a beam of light came from this person's jewelry and gave him the vision.

And The Man in the High Castle isn't an alternate retelling but an alternate reality/dimension.

This is touched on in the novel, one character manages to randomly cross over for a bit. Later it's revealed that their reality is the false one.

He had planned to continue on with the concept/story but never could for various reasons and that work he put into it ended up being adapted for some of his other works. That said, it's a minor element compared to the way he handles the world post allied defeat.