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Philip K. Dick

Death: March 2, 1982 Post-death successs: "Blade Runner," "Total Recall," "The Minority Report" and "A Scanner Darkly" are just some of the films that have been based on novels or short stories written by the sci-fi scribe who is often tagged with the apt moniker of "visionary." On Dick's site, a stat mentions that since his death and "Blade Runner's" release, films developed from his fiction have averaged about one movie every three years -- "a rate of cinematic adaptation exceeded only by Stephen King." That's heady company. Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times
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