Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Hardback Gollancz
- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 200mm x 22mm | 281g
- Publication date: 1 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0575116765
- ISBN 13: 9780575116764
- Sales rank: 33,432
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal -- the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard's world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit -- and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted ...
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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, BEYOND LIES THE WUB in 1952. Among his many fine novels are THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, TIME OUT OF JOINT, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? and FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID.
By KIRILLY OREILLY 15 Jul 2013
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep builds a dystopian future on earth. So basically humans f*** up the environment during a war and people are expected to emigrate Mars before they are mentally and physically effected by the terrible environment on Earth. As an incentive to get people to emigrate they get given a replicant, which are essentially robot slaves. So the problem is that they look exactly like humans. The replicants are 'retired' (AKA killed) so they try to escape to Earth in search of a better life. This is where the main character Rick Deckard comes in. He is a bounty hunter hired to 'retire' these replicants. The story follows Rick as he tracks down and retires escaped replicants and his emotional turmoil about having to kill what he comes to believe are essentially human beings like him.
The movie Blade Runner was based on this novel and if you liked the movie you will like this book as well.
It is a very deep and beautifully written novel I enjoyed it very much, my only issue was I read it too fast and then it was over. I would (and do) recommend this to all my friends even if they aren't into sci-fi novels because it is an interesting and thought provoking story.