Before we get to the first word he wrote, we get a review from a reader that is now immortal.
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The corporatization of Deadline: Hollywood was a sad thing to witness.
I understood the need for additional staff to report facts. But I was never attracted to Deadline for facts. I was there for the fearless brilliance of Nikki Finke.
This is what Suits don’t understand. Even in 2013 it eludes them.
What we want, what we crave is bravery, fearlessness, truth, honesty, a human point of view.
You know what that costs? It’s priceless.
Good luck to Nikki. I will eagerly read her new site.
This is writer Derek Raymond:
Yeah, you wish you could be that suave and badass.
But people like that, they’ve always been like that, haven’t they?
You have to be born like that or just forget it, right?
Well, Derek Raymond was born Robin Cook.
And he once wrote as Robin Cook.
Jason Horwitch, creator of Rubicon, has a series going into development at Fox TV: Fox Buys Romantic Detective Drama From Hart Hanson & Jason Horwitch
Let’s hope for a series commitment.
So a debut novelist, garnering good quotes from famed authors for the cover plus good reviews, can expect to sell only a few hundred copies.—
Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) July 14, 2013
Jurgis could see all the truth now — could see himself, through the whole long course of events, the victim of ravenous vultures that had torn into his vitals and devoured him; of fiends that had racked and tortured him, mocking him, meantime, jeering in his face. Ah, God, the horror of it, the monstrous, hideous, demoniacal wickedness of it! He and his family, helpless women and children, struggling to live, ignorant and defenceless and forlorn as they were — and the enemies that had been lurking for them, crouching upon their trail and thirsting for their blood! That first lying circular, that smooth-tongued slippery agent! That trap of the extra payments, the interest, and all the other charges that they had not the means to pay, and would never have attempted to pay! And then all the tricks of the packers, their masters, the tyrants who ruled them, —the shutdowns and the scarcity of work, the irregular hours and the cruel speeding-up, the lowering of wages, the raising of prices! The mercilessness of nature about them, of heat and cold, rain and snow; the mercilessness of the city, of the country in which they lived, of its laws and customs that they did not understand! All of these things had worked together for the company that had marked them for its prey and was waiting for its chance. And now, with this last hideous injustice, its time had come, and it had turned them out bag and baggage, and taken their house and sold it again! And they could do nothing, they were tied hand and foot — the law was against them, the whole machinery of society was at their oppressors’ command! If Jurgis so much as raised a hand against them, back he would go into that wild-beast pen from which he had just escaped!
– The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
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Everyone has encountered his work: The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” with William Shatner; the Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour cult classic movie Somewhere in Time, based on his novel Bid Time Return; more recently the movie I Am Legend, based on his novel of the same name; and the Cameron Diaz movie The Box, based on his short story, “Button, Button,” which was also adapted as a 1980′s Twilight Zone episode.
And for those who never watch SF or fantasy, you encountered his work in the groundbreaking ABC-TV Movie of the Week directed by a young Steven Spielberg. It starred Dennis Weaver and was called Duel.
His influence was broad and incalculable. He left behind immortal work. Rest in peace.
The note is from Mike Fleming, Not Nikki Finke. That says a lot.
Nikki Finke created Deadline. She ripped through the existing Hollywood media like a hurricane through a small town, overturning everything and destroying the status quo.
This is what Dick has to offer — something beyond mere politics; a glimpse at what makes us human. The moral law within, the ability to tell good from evil without actually being able to define them. In a literary world teeming with Mailers, and Vidals, and Thompsons, overrun with the cynical, and the vicious, and the twisted, Philip Dick stood alone in his defense of the human values.
As I waited for this post page to build, I wondered what PKD would have made of eBooks.
And the answer was obvious.
The book would talk back to the reader, harassing him, telling him that what he’s reading is all a lie, that character X was up to no good despite being depicted as the hero, and why don’t you just put it down and go outside and experience some real people?
A warrior has fallen. Cort McMeel has left us.
In the face of one of his beautiful onslaughts, he’d make you believe that burning up your life for literature, well, it was the only rational thing you could do.
Enmeshed in a system that does everything in its power to compel conformity and obedience, it’s too easy to find yourself alone in a corner with your own mind being turned against itself. That is the ultimate trap. Don’t don’t don’t fall for it.
His family will need the royalties: Short by Cortright McMeel