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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 Paperback – May 28, 1996
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Praise for Philip K. Dick
“The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world.”—John Brunner
“A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”—The New York Times
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"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world."
THE INSPIRATION FOR BLADERUNNER. . .
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was published in 1968. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time.
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . .
They even built humans.
Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.
Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.
"[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from."
Top customer reviews
A perfect example of Dick's genius to pull you in with a racy, pulpy sci-fi
plot while getting the back of your mind to simultaneously think about
'meta' questions about reality, consciousness and the moral questions
of the future.
Totally different to the film. Not as dark. Different plot. More twists.
Ridley Scott actually butchered the novel, but his visual style when
hung on the absolutely barest skeleton (missing both arms) of the
plot made a masterpiece in its own right.
A proper adaptation would be closer to watching the awesome
first half mind f*!? of 'Total Recall' (Arnold Schwarzenegger) - but
for both halves.
Dick assumes that androids don't have "empathy". He doesn't really consider the possibility that they might have "empathy", in the future, and how that might change our ethical responsibilities toward them. That's the job of another book (and author); I haven't found it, yet.
The driving question of this book is 'what makes us human', and the fascinating thing about it is that by the standards of this novel, we wouldn't be. The dynamic between the people and the androids is fascinating to read, so get to it.
On balance, a good read. especially for its exploration of Deckard's angst over feelings of empathy for the androids