Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049
Philip K. Dick
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
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
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.
My new favorite
This was a great book and, in my opinion, it is the best book that i have ever read. The commentary on human nature and society is only an undertone to the gripping scenes of action and suspense. The setting is particularly interesting and the detail that is gvien to it is much appreciated. There are also many comedic and ironic situations in the story of Rick Deckard. I would recommend this book to anyone.