Philip K. Dick estate paranoid about Google

In what would be a milestone for any evil, monopolistic corporation, Google has earned the official disapproval of Philip K. Dick—or at least, the estate of the long-dead sci-fi author. The point of contention: Google's new Nexus One smartphone, whose name, says the Dick estate, was stolen from the Nexus-6 cyborgs of Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, on which the classic '80s film Blade Runner was based. Google denies this. Hmmm … what are they trying to hide? If this were one of the author's mind-bending tales, layers of false reality would be stripped away to reveal that the Nexus One is really just an iPhone inside, and that Google's market-dominating search capabilities have been powered by Yahoo! all along. Alas, this is the real world, and that won't happen. Still, the flap is raising the late novelist's Google search rankings—an ironic twist true to the spirit of the author's work.

—Posted by David Gianatasio