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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only Bladerunner, 27 May 2011
Richard Coyne (Edinburgh, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Architecture and Science-Fiction Film (Ashgate Studies in Architecture) (Hardcover)
Architects love Ridley Scott's film Bladerunner. It features Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, and conjectures a future urbanism that is at once spectacular and decadent, atmospheric and troubled. It also talks about home and alienation. Perhaps few realise that the film is based on a short novel by the prolific science fiction writer Philip K Dick, that there are even more major novels to be studied, that these have also inspired films, and that Dick's novels have much to say of relevance to architecture. This is one of the main strengths of Fortin's elegant book: to foreground the thinking of this popular science fiction writer as it pertains to issues of home. In the process we learn more about the future, the present, and what it is to be human. Fortin's book draws together material from diverse sources, and raises the study of science fiction and architecture to a new level. Like Dick's novels it also makes a really good read. I recommend it highly.
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