Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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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.
Emigrées 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."
--Paul Williams, Rolling Stone
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Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1)User Review - Brynne Halsey - Goodreads
Very interesting philosophy and premises, but the writing can be unwieldy. Read full review
Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1)User Review - Kitzel - Goodreads
Aside from some minor mistakes, this work attests to Philip K. Dick's genius. Literary sci-fi, food for thought, and definitely worth discussing with some weird friends over a glass of anything way ... Read full review