Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep

by Philip K. Dick

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"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

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3 comments
AA | 2014-11-12 08:53:56
Twisted, twisted...boy you can really tell Dick abused drugs but a great book. I had to re-read it once I finished it. I found it a realistic dystopia.
Anonymous | 2015-09-24 03:32:24
Thank you
A Nony Mouse | 2015-09-30 05:42:49
This is Dick's most famous, due to the film, but in my opinion, not him at his finest. I would recommend reading his short stories. It's amazing how he can conjure such powerful scenes and characters in a single paragraph.
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