Blade Runner: A Movie

Blade Runner: A Movie

William S. Burroughs Alan E. Nourse / Aug 19, 2019

Blade Runner A Movie the movie got its title from this earlier book In this futuristic screenplay vision of a strife and disease plagued America in Burroughs finds the cure for a decaying civilization in the medicin

  • Title: Blade Runner: A Movie
  • Author: William S. Burroughs Alan E. Nourse
  • ISBN: 9780912652467
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • the movie got its title from this earlier book In this futuristic screenplay vision of a strife and disease plagued America in 1999, Burroughs finds the cure for a decaying civilization in the medicine practiced by underground physicians and surgeons These heroic healers, in turn, are aided by blade runners, teenagers who smuggle banned surgical instruments past the the movie got its title from this earlier book In this futuristic screenplay vision of a strife and disease plagued America in 1999, Burroughs finds the cure for a decaying civilization in the medicine practiced by underground physicians and surgeons These heroic healers, in turn, are aided by blade runners, teenagers who smuggle banned surgical instruments past the watchful eyes of fascistic police The novel cum screenplay follows one of these runners during the course of a race riot and the transfer of instruments between embattled doctors Above the drama in the streets of New York is a world taken over by hang glider and autogyro gangs, mountaineers and steeplejacks A sky boy steps off his penthouse into a parachute on guide wires that drop him to a street level landingMeanwhile, released animals and reptiles from the zoo and freed fish from the aquarium have control of the rovers and subways The prose flashes with Burrough s own brand of outrageousness and fantasy L.A Herald Examiner July 29 1979

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      • William S. Burroughs Alan E. Nourse

        William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.He was born to a wealthy family in St Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U.S Navy in 1942 to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs In 1943 while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat Generation.Much of Burroughs s work is semi autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American and Tangier in Morocco Finding success with his confessional first novel, Junkie 1953 , Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch 1959 , a controversy fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.S sodomy laws With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy 1961 64 In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift , a reputation he owes to his lifelong subversion of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism J G Ballard considered Burroughs to be the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War , while Norman Mailer declared him the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius.Burroughs had one child, William Seward Burroughs III 1947 1981 , with his second wife Joan Vollmer Vollmer died in 1951 in Mexico City Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer s death, an event that deeply permeated all of his writings Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in 1997.


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    1. This is not about the movie starring Harrison Ford. That movie, as you probably know, was based on the classic Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.This book does contain many of the typical Burroughsian themes - underground drugs, dystopian cityscapes and of course a small dose of homoerotic sex. However, this book has a great story - it imagines a future time, or should I actually say THE PRESENT, in which antibiotics are no longer effective and in which medicine has adva [...]


    2. Why the film based on the P. K. Dick story bore this title has always mystified me. This is one of Burroughs' simpler bks but I'll always love it for one scene: a group of freaks are walking down the street minding their own business when some intolerant bullies start bearing down on them in their car, harrassing them. The freaks see that if the car keeps speeding toward them it'll intersect w/ an oncoming truck that the car-driver can't see. It does & the car's annihilated. How many hundred [...]


    3. Pretty much totally incoherent in narrative terms, like some notes toward an apocalypse written on the back of a cocktail napkin. But has lots of utterly cool images. This began as a treatment of a screenplay based on a novel of similar name by Alan E. Nourse, but the only resemblance born to that earlier work is the sense of a medical apocalypse with its commensurate medico-criminal underground. Ample stuff to be ripped off by later writers. Some of Burroughs' humor shows throughout, making it [...]


    4. Vedere accostato un titolo come Blade runner, che immediatamente folgora la mente con le immagini del film cult, a un autore come William Burroughs fa un certo effetto. Una miscela esplosiva dagli effetti devastanti, che non può non avere una curiosa storia alle sue spalle. Così è: forse non tutti sanno che il titolo è al centro di un singolare insieme di legami, poiché Fancher, il primo sceneggiatore dell'adattamento cinematografico del romanzo di Dick lo prese in prestito da questo libro [...]



    5. Uno de sus grandes delirios, esta novela corta de William S. Burroughs, que es la historia de una revolución provocada por el seguro médico estadounidense. La clase media, encargada de pagar el gasto, toma las armas para acabar con “minorías étnicas, los beatniks, yonkis, maricones y melenudos“.*[El libro fue comprado por los productores de la película de Ridley Scott aunque creo que sólo aprovecharon el título].


    6. Sublimi e deliziose imposture, destrutturazioni del romanzo moderno e postmoderno, tecnica del cut- up portata alle sue letterarie (e perciò definitive nel senso dello stilema borgesiano) estreme conseguenze. Vogliamo sempre sapere tutto di Burroughs, seminatore incessante di affascinanti posture narrative, affastellatore instancabile di definizioni che (ri)vivono incessanti nella leggenda della cultura pop, nella leggenda della cultura underground, angosciosamente vitali come i riflessi dissez [...]


    7. Το βιβλίο αυτό δεν έχει καμία σχέση με την ομότιτλη ταινία, πέρα του τίτλου της ταινίας, που ο Ρίντλεϊ Σκοτ δανείστηκε. Βασίζεται στο βιβλίο The Bladerunner, του Alan E. Nourse, και μπορεί να πει κανείς ότι είναι κάτι σαν την περιγραφή της ταινίας που θα μπορούσε να γίνει πάνω στο βιβλίο το [...]


    8. This is an interesting read right after reading the Nourse book. I think it adds a different level of coherence in the work. I would suggest any reader to be familiar with Nourse's "The BladeRunner" before reading Burrough's take. I'm not sure if that was Burroughs' intention, but while this Burroughs book can stand on its own I think it makes a great companion piece to the original as well.Basically Burroughs took a few characters and scenes, twisted them up (or threw them down the stairs like [...]


    9. sulla carta un'idea mica male: un film scritto da un burroughs post-apocalittico newyorkese e contemporaneamente l'opera che fa da ponte tra il burroughs sperimentale de "i ragazzi selvaggi" e "porto dei santi" e quello della trilogia della "notte rossa". peccato che il risultato finale sia tanto sfizioso (ci sono tutte le sue ossessioni, dal virus 23 all'apomorfina, da scientology a reich, dai complotti ai ragazzi selvaggi -qui i blade runners del titolo- fino ovviamente ad armi e humor nero) q [...]


    10. Firstly Burroughs is one of my favorite authors, but this is not one of his works i enjoyed. Along with The Wild Boys this adaption of Nourse's novel titled The Blade Runner is something i would have never read if it was not written by Burroughs. Certain subjects in the book were just to much for me, as a straight male i don't really want to read about men(and boys) having sex with each other.This is not one of his best works, but its still better than a lot of the things out there. I enjoyed th [...]


    11. Tutti sanno che Scott si è ispirato ad un romanzo di Dick per la storia del suo film, pochi sanno che il titolo l'ha preso da un altro autore: William Burroughs.Nel 1979, Burroughs pubblicò un racconto dal titolo: "Blade Runner, un film", racconto che a Scott piacque e, quindi, chiese allo scrittore "beat" il permesso per utilizzare il titolo della sua opera, per il suo film.L'opera di Burroughs è una critica al sistema sanitario statunitense, quel sistema sanitario che ti fà morire in mezzo [...]


    12. Not only exciting for being the title-source for the movie (that was based on the Philip K. Dick novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," only the term Blade Runner came from this book), but this was probably one of the best, least complicated (though for Burroughs that means still quite complicated) stories that made for a fun, provocative read.My only complaint (the first of its kind for Burroughs) is that it was too short. Even with two competing story lines for the second half of the boo [...]


    13. The concept of this work, apparently based on a novel by Alan Nourse, was interesting. It seemed to portray a strange medical apocalypse of a socialized medicine system which drives certain groups underground for medical care. The result is a sort of steam-punk medical world in a burnt shell of New York City. Some of the imagery was interesting, but the characters were so utterly flat. It was short, and worth the hour or so it takes to read, but is by no means essential reading.


    14. Imagine that you have just finished reading Alan E. Nourse's novel The Bladerunner; as you were finishing it, you were just starting to come down with a bad case of the flu. You go immediately to bed, and suffer through a night of bad sleep punctuated by fevered dreams in which you are watching a very bizarre film adaptation of The Bladerunner. If these things were to happen to you, the experience might not be unlike reading William S. Burroughs deranged adaptation, Blade Runner: A Movie.


    15. Burroughs treatment for a never-made film of Alan E Nourse's novel of almost the same name is surreal, dark and gritty. As with all Burroughs' work, unreadable in the linear sense, but when seen through Postmodern lenses, predictive of a lot of literary flourishes that came after. Excellent and recommended if you're already a Burroughs fan.


    16. Another great from Burroughs. No connection to Scott’s movie Bladerunner, but I couldn’t help but envision the kind of movie that could’ve been made from this. Like what Cronenberg did with Naked Lunch, there’s a cool movie lurking in here, filled with illegal surgeries, mutated diseases, and a grim view of the future.


    17. Good, but weird. Bleak future. Blade runners, those who transport underground medicine in the future, are the future of humanity. This continues Burroughs's work in idealizing the young man as a hero in our postmodern world.


    18. Post apocalyptic novella, that has nothing to do with androids. Contains all the elements that you'd expect from Burroughs: drugs, weapons, mutant diseases, teenage boys. The perfect bit of escapism, for a Sunday afternoon. Just what I wanted, needed, and expected from one of my favourite writers.


    19. This is probably Burroughs' most easy to follow book post Queer, and definitely one oh his most hilarious. It's a 1 to 2 hour read tops, and well worth the time.





    20. read this just after Nourse's novel. fell short of the novel's greatness I feel. Too Burroughs-esque to be the original story, but not enough Burroughs to feel like a Burroughs work either.


    21. Cool Burroughsesque adaptation of popular movie.Kept Attention - 5Well-Written - 5Accessible - 3Must Read - 1Important - 1


    22. This is short and makes things go wrong in ways that make sense to me. I think it's funny and scary. I liked the part with AAAAAAAAA and BBBBBBBBB meeting.



    23. A dirty diamond in Burroughs's vast collection of writings. Short, dark, humourous and readable. Worth tracking down.


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