Book cover from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 by Philip K. Dick
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

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Author(s): Philip K. Dick
Format: Book › Paperback all formats
Published: 05-28-1996
ISBN: 0345404475
Pages: 240
Publisher: Del Rey
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As is generally known Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by the enigmatic science fiction author Philip K. Dick served as the source of inspiration for the SF movie Blade Runner with Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. But inspiration is the right term here because there are some big differences between the story of the film and the story of the book. The story of Philip K. Dick is not about the "human" robot at all, on the contrary. Philip K. Dick's android's mind is fundamentally different from humans and is inhuman in a world where people themselves are also lost emotionally. Emphasis on empathy as the big difference between man and robot culminates in the funny urge of man to have a real living pet, also as a status symbol. In a world where animals are almost extinct and people are often forced to take a mechanical pet because they do not have money for a real live one, the relationship of man with his pet is a requirement for humans to be emotionally stable. Other interesting science fiction books by Dick include The Man in the High Castle, Ubik and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, alongside many others.

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.

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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

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