Blade Runner (a movie)

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Blade Runner (a movie)
Cover of the first edition
Author William S. Burroughs
based on The Bladerunner by Alan E. Nourse
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novella
Publisher Blue Wind Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)
ISBN 0-912652-46-2
OCLC 25501804
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.[1]

The novella began as a story treatment for a proposed film adaptation of Alan E. Nourse's novel The Bladerunner. A later edition published in the 1980s changed the formatting of the title to Blade Runner, a movie. Burroughs' treatment is set in the 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.

The title was later bought for use in Ridley Scott's 1982 science fiction film, Blade Runner.[1] The plot of that film was based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and not the Nourse and Burroughs source material, although the film does incorporate the term "blade runner," though with a different meaning than in the novel.


  • Paul Ardoin (March 2015). ""The courage to be a writer": Theorizing Writerly Courage in Burroughs's Blade Runner: A Movie". The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Bibliographical Society of America. 109 (1): 63–81. doi:10.1086/680700. JSTOR 10.1086/680700.