Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049
Philip K. Dick
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A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner
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 built 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
“The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world.”—John Brunner
“A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”—The New York Times
“[Philip K. Dick] sees all the sparkling—and terrifying—possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from.”—Rolling Stone
Being a fan of Blade Runner I decided to give the book a shot. It is actually quite different from the movie in many ways. I would highly recommend it. It is quite thought provoking. If I were to give it one crititcism it would be that the actions sequences were fairly short lived and anti-climactic. Other than that the psychology and philosophy of this (as well as many other Philip K Dick stories) will make you take a step back and think about life in a slightly different way.
New science fiction fan
I don't really enjoy reading science fiction novels, but if all of them are like this book then I'm a new fan of this genre.
This is the first PKD book I've read, inspired by Bladerunner. I'm hooked on PKD and plan to read all of his other books.
If you've seen Bladerunner, the book is quite different. I think the book is better of course, but the movie helps to cement the visuals. I recommend you watch Bladerunner first, then, if you like it, read this book.
PKD has an amazing ability to write with incredible detail and density, while still keeping the story flowing smoothly with zero drag.