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 - Tony Fitzpatrick - Goodreads
Philip K Dick is a much revered author of dystopian Science Fiction. I have only read Ubik before, but this is arguably the more famous - the book that inspired "Blade Runner", the 1982 Ridley Scott ... Read full review
Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1)User Review - Elizabeth - Goodreads
Interesting to read the germ of what grew to be Bladerunner. Surprised that the Deckard character is such a frail Everyman figure. A much more cynical book than the movie became. Read full review