Philip K. Dick had a flair for spinning science fiction scenarios that were well within the orbit of paranoia. In his novels and short stories, he addressed the tricks of memory and the quirks of reality.
Once dismissed as a mere purveyor of pulp fiction, Dick — who died in 1982 — is now recognized as a major American writer. But arguably, he’s still best known for inspiring some of the most imaginative films to come out of Hollywood in recent decades, including the cult classic Blade Runner (originally released shortly after his death) and the 2002 summer blockbuster Minority Report.
The latest addition to Dick’s filmography is The Adjustment Bureau, opening Friday. In the film, the budding relationship between a politician (Matt Damon) and a dancer (Emily Blunt) attracts the attention of mysterious, hat-wearing men who are determined to keep them apart.