In 1982, a new benchmark was set for science-fiction film with the release of Blade Runner. Based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by the acclaimed novelist Philip K. Dick and directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner was a visual and philosophical tour-de-force, set in a dystopian future in which artificially intelligent replicants, nearly indistinguishable from humans, are hunted down by police-operatives known as Blade Runners. Featuring the talents of Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Joanna Cassidy, Edward James Olmos, and Darryl Hannah, the film tackled numerous themes and birthed controversies that have been poured over by fans and critics for thirty-five years. Blade Runner has inspired several literary and comic-book spin-offs, and an upcoming film sequel — produced by Ridley Scott — is on the way.
The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe examines the entire Blade Runner saga, from the original novel to its numerous film iterations. This anthology features insightful essays about the franchise’s long history, written by film historians, novelists, and subject-matter experts, exploring such topics as how the film gained its cult status, its influence on other films, deleted scenes, how the film differs from the novel, the science of Blade Runner, and much more.
The book features a foreword by Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner author Paul M. Sammon. Notable essayists include Charles de Lauzirika (director of Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner and the restoration producer of Blade Runner: The Final Cut), writer / producer / director Paul J. Salamoff, filmmaker and writer Kevin Rubio, director and editor Robert Meyer Burnett, author Rich Handley, film critic Zaki Hasan, Sequart’s own supervising editor / webmaster Ian Dawe, and many others.