William Burroughs: Blade Runner: A Movie

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First published in 1979, William S. Burroughs’ Blade Runner: A Movie draws both the outline of its plot and its name from the 1974 sci-fi title The Bladerunner by Alan E. Nourse. Burroughs was approached to adapt for film Nourse’s vision of a world in which medicine is pushed underground by the US government and surgical and medical supplies are trafficked by bladerunners, misfit teens, supporting heroic doctors who fight to save the lives of those who fall beyond the government’s scope of care, with scant regard for their own longevity. The film was never made and Burroughs’ treatment of Nourse’s novel was published in 1979 by Blue Wind Press, Berkeley, as a novella.

Whilst Nourse …

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Beales, Brodie. "Blade Runner: A Movie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2011
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