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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a book that most people think they remember and almost always get more or less wrong. Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner took a lot from it, and threw a lot away. Wonderful in itself, the film is a flash thriller, whereas Dick's novel is a sober meditation. As we all know, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is stalking a group of androids who have returned from space with short life spans and murder on their minds--where Scott's Deckard was Harrison Ford, Dick's is a financially strapped municipal employee with bills to pay and a depressed wife. In a world where most animals have died, and pet keeping is a social duty, he can only afford a robot imitation, unless he gets a big financial break.
The genetically warped "chickenhead" John Isidore has visions of a tomb-world where entropy has finally won. And everyone plugs in to the spiritual agony of Mercer, whose sufferings for the sins of humanity are broadcast several times a day. Prefiguring the religious obsessions of Dick's last novels, this book asks dark questions about identity and altruism. After all, is it right to kill the killers just because Mercer says so? --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
In Dick's futuristic dystopian novel, life has become a tenuous existence for those who have stayed behind after the war and exodus to other planets. Rick Deckard struggles as a bounty hunter in San Francisco to destroy a new breed of androids nearly undetectable to humans. However, he finds himself battling with empathy for the supposed lifeless beings—especially when he must team up with one to achieve his goal. Dick blends the detective story with science fiction and a bit of philosophy. Brick is a perfect match for one of Dick's most memorable novels. He maintains Deckard's grittier disposition and a range of other human and inhuman characters, but also provides the inflection and morose tones found in the story's more somber moments. Not all of his female voices are completely believable. However, one of Brick's most gifted abilities lies in his quivering voice used throughout for emphasis and mood. A Del Rey paperback. (Nov.)
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Amazing work by a scifi leader. If you like bladerunner, you will love the book it was written from. Classic and clean, I have read this book 2 times and it keeps getting better.Published 1 day ago by Billy R Godsey 2nd
I like to read the book first but went in reverse on this one. Loved it and the movie!Published 2 days ago by Toni
When any organism becomes sufficiently advanced, it can become sentient, that is, self aware of it's existence on the Earth. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ronald Remmel
I recall having read several years ago still enjoyed it. In five years it will be 2020 and the ideas of where we would be and where we are.....Published 12 days ago by Janet Boyce
If you saw the movie, you have NOT seen this story. And this story is worth it.Published 14 days ago by Choz
Another amazing book from Philip K. Dick. Philosophical wothout being obtuse. Interesting without ever falling into derivation or excess - a tightly woven narrative that is as... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Keith Lutz