Blade Runner (a movie)
First edition cover
|Author||William S. Burroughs
based on The Bladerunner by Alan E. Nourse
|Genre||Science fiction novella|
|Publisher||Blue Wind Press|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ4.B972 Bl PS3552.U75|
Blade Runner (a movie) is a science fiction novella by Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs, first published in 1979. The novella began as a story treatment for a proposed film adaptation of Alan E. Nourse's novel The Bladerunner. (Some sources describe Burroughs' work as a closet screenplay.) A later edition published in the 1980s changed the formatting of the title to Blade Runner, a movie.
Burroughs' treatment is set in early 21st century and involves mutated viruses and "a medical-care apocalypse". The term "blade runner" referred to a smuggler of medical supplies, e.g. scalpels.
No film was ever made; the title Blade Runner was later bought for use in Ridley Scott's 1982 science fiction film, Blade Runner. The plot of that film was based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and not the Nourse/Burroughs source material, although the film does incorporate the term "blade runner" into dialogue.
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