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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

by Philip K. Dick

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Series: Blade Runner (1)

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What a weird, trippy book. To the end I could not really get a hold of the settings, they seemed dream-like and unfinished rather than dystopian, at other times thought-provoking. The point that Isidore makes about the ultimate inevitability of chaos taking over human life seemed funny and true, but other parts didn't really seem to make sense. Like how the world worked, by and large, or how it got to where it is in the book. As anticipated I liked the points the book makes about the humanity of humans and whether or not "empathy" ultimately is our main distinguishing feature.

The VK test questions seemed to be aimed rather at shock at someone wasting such a valuable commodity rather than true feeling for another feeling being. Of course, the androids don't seem to be very empathetic towards animals (like that horribly tortured spider), but then, neither are humans. I did liked Mercer and Booster Friendly vying for believers and their unreal reality (did Mercer really bring back that spider from the dead? Did humans really mind-meld with him, or is it just a benign fake to give people hope?).

Though I still ultimately prefer the 1998 video game this did have the expected explorations of reality and humanity that I enjoyed. The way gender is portrayed is creepy, but that was only to be expected I suppose. Though I could have done without the creepy description of how sexy women appearing prepubescent are. ( )
  Mothwing | Feb 15, 2015 |
Completely different from the movie story, well worth reading ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jan 30, 2015 |
Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter for the San Francisco Police Department who ‘retires’ escaped androids, doesn't like his job, but feels he has to keep going in order to fulfil his dream of owning a real animal. One day he receives a call that one of his colleagues is in hospital after an encounter with a suspect, so his superior Bryant orders him to pick up the trail and eliminate the five ‘andys’ still on Holden's list, while enlisting the help of the Rosen Association who produces the new Nexus-6 subtype of androids to help him work out if the police’s test of determining whether someone is an android or a human is reliable.

I really wanted to like this book, but while there’s no denying that Philip K. Dick creates a distinctly unique atmosphere, the pacing is very uneven, and the huge potential for philosophical and metaphysical exploration remains sadly unrealised for the most part, as plot threads are resolved unsatisfactorily or written into a literary dead end (memo to self: fractured reality after Deckard’s interviewing of Luba Luft); in the end, it reads like a straightforward - pointless? - action story set in a depressing future. It contains several annoying contradictions and statements that don’t make sense when looking back at the entire book (memo to self: Resch’s memories of Garland, the spider scene, Rachael’s final reaction, Pris's unfamiliarity/familiarity with Buster Friendly), which is supposed to take place over the span of only 24 hours. The end of Deckard’s assignment felt like a complete anti-climax after the slowly building anticipation of a meaningful showdown, not to mention the ending of the novel, which, apart from being filled with pseudo-religious metaphors, only elicited a what the? response from me. At no point is a unicorn mentioned in the novel, so the cover is entirely misleading and building on the recognition of its symbolic significance by those who've seen the film, leading to the belief that film and book are more closely related than they actually are. Highly over-rated. ( )
  passion4reading | Jan 25, 2015 |
READ IN ENGLISH

Do Androids dream of electric sheep is a Scifi classic, it's also made into a movie called Blade Runner (You have a name like Do Androids dream of electric sheep? and then you choose as a title for you movie: Blade Runner. Why?). In my opinion though, there are quite some differences between the book and the movie, both of which are definitely worth a try.



In a destroyed world where most people have left the earth to live on colonies like Mars, our main character is a bounty hunter who kills escaped Androids. These androids pretend to be humans, so the only way for him to decide whether or not someone is an android is by testing their empathy, as androids are said to be unable to feel empathy. This makes him wonder about his own empathic skills, while also worrying about his new electric goat. He had a live one, very expensive, but it died and as he couldn't afford a new one, he replaced the goat with an electric animal, hoping no one would notice.



It's definitely a memorable book, I especially like the first half of it. It was very original, something I had already expected with such a lovely title as Do androids dream of electric sheep? At first it may seem just a story, but there is more to it. It handles questions about the value of life to name something. A very interesting read. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dick, Philip K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dougoud, JacquelineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duranti, RiccardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goodfellow, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michniewicz, SueCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Struzen, DrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wölfl, NorbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zelazny, RogerIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And still I dream he treads the lawn,
walking ghostly in the dew,
pierced by my glad singing through.
~ Yeats
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To Tim and Serena Powers, my dearest friends
To Maren Augusta Bergrud
August 10, 1923 - June 14, 1967
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A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard.
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Rick Deckard, bounty
Hunter, "retires" androids
And reflects on life.
(passion4reading)
The best thing about
This book? It inspired a
Thought-provoking film.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345404475, Paperback)

"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world."
--John Brunner

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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:48 -0400)

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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. Emigrees 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.… (more)

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