Guest Contributor: Rita in Hood River
Written by: Samuel K. Sloan (SoSF Producer & Managing News Editor)
It appears that the famous, almost spot on robot of world-renowned author Phillip K. Dick is missing in action.
The real P.K. Dick has been dead for over 20 years, but his writings continue to inspire a generation of readers. His books have spawned such flicks as the new Keanu Reeves film “A Scanner Darkly,” and box-office hits like our fan’s number one pick of all-time greatest scifi movies “Blade Runner” the Schwartzenegger vehicle “Total Recall,” and Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”
It was hoped that the look and sound alike android would last as long as his written legacy but now that is in question since its disappearance early last month. The android was last seen being loaded onboard a commercial jetliner bound for California. And like a plot right out of one of Dick’s novels the robot just disappeared and never showed up at its assigned destination.
It seems clear to the police and the company that holds the rights to the android that it has been kidnapped and they are expecting a ransom demand at any time now.
Elaine Hanson, a spokesperson for Hanson Robotics said that the robotics firm will consider building a new P.K. Dick android if the original fails to return to their hands.
I personally am of the opinion that a ransom will never come to light as the kidnapper (hijacker) of Dick’s circuited twin is a private collector and would never part with his/her prize at any price.