Blade Runner: (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)

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Ballantine Books, 1982 - Fiction - 216 pages
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Here is the classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, set nearly thirty years before the events of the new Warner Bros. film Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright.

By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can't afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They've even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and "retire" them. But when cornered, androids fight back--with lethal force.

Praise for Philip K. Dick

"[Dick] sees all the sparkling--and terrifying--possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from."--Rolling Stone

"A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet."--The New York Times

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Science fiction dystopian novel set in post-apocalyptic San Francisco in 2021. The earth has been ravaged by World War Terminus and many survivors have emigrated to colonies on other planets. The ... Read full review

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Wow, did not like this. How can a prescient sci fi writer be so unimaginative about women and gender, and about race (and any other differences)? There are interesting elements like the idea of ... Read full review


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Born in Chicago in 1928, Philip K. Dick would go on to become one of the most celebrated science fiction authors of all time. The author of 44 published novels and 120 short stories, Dick won a Hugo Award in 1963 and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1975, and was nominated five separate times for the Nebula Award. Eleven of his works have been turned into films, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. He died in 1982.

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