While carrying out research for a fight on PAS, I came across this curiosity: the estate of Philip K Dick is planning to sue Google for using the word nexus as the name for its prudish new phone. You see, Dick had used the name for a brand of robot, in that book they made into that film, you know the one with the Dutch guy who used to be in the Guinness advertisements; yes, him.
I am not in the Intellectual Property business myself, but for the life of me I cannot think how the use of the word by Google would affect the Dick estate's rights. It is not as if anyone will get confused: I wanted a sixth-generation cyborg and all I got is this lousy phone. It is not as if Dick invented the word. It is probably about suing Google because they have a lot of money. In short, the Dicks are being dicks.
This case raises some interesting questions. Don't these people have enough money already? Are they not damaging the brand - is not Dick supposed to be a radical, not a corporation? What woman who would call herself Isa Dick? How long before I am accused of hating on Sci-Fi for taking the name of Dick in vain?
The answers to these and other questions will be revealed in the next episode of I Married a Metaphor from Outer Space. In the meantime, here's the Revillos, who came from Planet Retro.