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“You've got to love a book that includes physics-lecturing fish, android Einsteins, and researchers intent on building robot replicas of their wives and girlfriends. Not to mention Philip K. Dick himself. This is an instant classic of weird science.” ―Alex Boese, bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep
“This story is touching, absorbing and, ultimately, an exploration of what it means to be human.” ―The Spectator
“The best kind of popular science... Leaves you hungry to know more, and wondering at the possibilities that may lie ahead.” ―Australian Bookseller & Publisher
“Literally incredible.” ―The Age
“[Dufty] ably describes the fertile, feverish atmosphere of intellectual endeavor, the kind of place where a crazy idea--like building a Philip K. Dick android--could take hold.” ―LA Times
“[Dufty's] reconstruction through interviews with the participants is an appealing depiction of brilliant minds dreaming big on shoestring budgets.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“A highly technical story that Dufty manages to make intriguing and accessible to less tech-savvy readers...A fascinating story.” ―Kirkus
“Dufty engagingly chronicles the efforts of a team of roboticists to build an android modeled on science fiction writer Philip K. Dick...A fun read.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating and mind-bending book, written for the general reader, although experts in the field of robotics will find it particularly stimulating, and fans of Dick's oeuvre will be captivated by the whole idea of turning the legendary storyteller into a mechanical man.” ―Booklist
David F. Dufty is a senior research officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Memphis at the time the android was being developed and worked closely with the team of scientists who created it. He completed a psychology degree with honors at the University of Newcastle and has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University.
Well-written true story about the building and eventual accidental disappearance of a Philip K Dick android head. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Matthew Snope
Having read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I found the idea of an android based on the author especially intriguing so I was excited to read this. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Beth
First off, let me say the idea of creating an android in the image of Philip K. Dick, with independently functioning AI software, no less, and with the blessing of his family, is... Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by avanta7
This book is about the late, great author Philip K Dick. And his robotic personage. Yes, a non fictional book on the very real construction of a Philip K Dick robot. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Sealed Fate
This slim tome is an account of the project to build a android replica of famous genre author Philip K. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Fred Kiesche
I was very excited to read the true story of the creation of one of the first functional androids. The fact that it was modeled after Philip K. Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Benjamin D. Betz
David Dufty has managed to convert a simple story of lost luggage into a delightful tour of science fiction and science fact, of theoretical and applied research, and of the way... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Cecil Bothwell
I picked this book up expecting it to be quirky, entertaining, a light read. Quirky it is, and relatively light reading, but, myself did not find it particularly entertaining. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by E.Swope