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Blade Runner

(1979)
A Movie
A Novella by

 
 
L.A. Herald Examiner July 29. 1979
"In this futuristic screenplay vision of a strife-and-disease-plagued America in 1999, Burroughs finds the cure for a decaying civilization in the medicine practiced by underground physicians and surgeons. These heroic healers, in turn, are aided by 'blade runners,' teenagers who smuggle banned surgical instruments past the watchful eyes of fascistic police. The novel-cum-screenplay follows follows one of these runners during the course of a race riot and the transfer of instruments between embattled doctors. Above the drama in the streets of New York is a world 'taken over by hang-glider and autogyro gangs, mountaineers and steeplejacks. A sky boy steps off his penthouse into a parachute on guide wires that drop him to a street-level landing...Meanwhile, released animals and reptiles from the zoo and freed fish fro the aquarium have control of the rovers and subways. The prose flashes with Burrough's own brand of outrageousness and fantasy."

Characters and situations in this book were based upon The Bladerunner by Alan E Nourse. Except for the title, this book has nothing to do with the movie by Ridley Scott which was ultimately based upon a book by Philip K Dick called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

    

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June 1979 : USA Textbook Binding
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Title: Blade Runner: A Movie
Author(s): William Burroughs
ISBN: 0-912652-47-0 / 978-0-912652-47-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blue Wind Pr
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May 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Blade Runner: A Movie
Author(s): William S Burroughs
ISBN: 0-912652-78-0 / 978-0-912652-78-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blue Wind Pr
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June 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: Blade Runner: A Movie
Author(s): William S Burroughs
ISBN: 0-912652-46-2 / 978-0-912652-46-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blue Wind Pr
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1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: Blade Runner: A Movie
Author(s): William S Burroughs
ISBN: 0-912652-45-4 / 978-0-912652-45-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blue Wind Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK