November 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (Book)

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
K.W. Jeter
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Fiction

Literary necrophilia — in the form of sequels to Gone With the Wind and other classics — has become far too common. At least this is a new twist: Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human is a sequel to the seminal film and the Philip K. Dick novel it was based on. Though the two works differed significantly, K.W. Jeter treats them as equally valid, concocting an elaborate conspiracy theory to explain their contradictions. Only hardcore fans will be satisfied by this tale of Deckard, the cynical ex-LAPD blade runner, here forced to hunt down yet another runaway replicant. Jeter clearly favors the movie as inspiration, eschewing the jagged weirdness that animated Dick’s book. That’s fine; frankly, the movie was better. But his habit of echoing dialogue and scenes from the film is annoying and begs comparisons he would do well to avoid. C-

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