Blade Runner

Blade Runner

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Here is the classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, set nearly thirty years before the events of the new Warner Bros. film Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright.

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 build 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

"[Dick] sees all the sparkling--and terrifying--possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from." -- Rolling Stone

"A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet." -- The New York Times
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 1982.
ISBN: 9780345350473
0345350472
Branch Call Number: SF Dick
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 18 cm.

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JCLCharlesH May 03, 2021

This speculative fiction classic is set in a future where global war has made the planet inhospitable to many forms of life, the plot follows a bounty hunter on the hunt for a group of dangerous rogue androids. Deeply introspective, this book grapples with questions around the meaning of life, what sets humanity apart from other forms of life, and what economic disparities and discrimination. This book also was the basis of the film Bladerunner.

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Tony_Jeffers
Mar 23, 2021

This classic novel written in 1968 set in a future dystopian 2021 was the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner. I used to see it on my library shelf long before Bland Runner was made; I always disliked the title and thought it would be too surreal for my taste. If it was called Android Bounty Hunter I would have probably read it back in the 80s.
Since we are now living in a real 2021 dystopia I thought I'd give it a try. I loved all the cool high-tech gadgets Bounty Hunter Rick Deckard uses to defeat the killer androids. But yeah; it is too surreal and I never would have finished it if I had tried to read it back then.
The weird religion of Mercerism and the rival TV show host Buster Friendly along with the strange metaphysical events would have lost me.
I prefer my dystopian nightmare worlds to make some kind of sense and my characters to have at least a little reason for hope.
I wrote these comments for the novel. For some reason, I see these comments are also on the Graphic Novel version. I see the Graphic novel adds some comic book art to the novel and appears to contain the whole novel. This artwork is somewhat good in places but it certainly doesn't match up with how I envision the description in the book.

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april_guitar10
Mar 16, 2021

The novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", written by Philip K. Dick, follows a plot in a futuristic San Francisco in the year 2021. Following World War Terminus, radioactive debris caused the extinction of many animal species; those which were still alive were cherished and sold at high prices to be kept as trophy pets. Most humans had emigrated to Mars, with the incentive of receiving androids- artificially intelligent robots that were identical to humans, intended to be used as slaves. The protagonist, Rick Deckard, is a bounty hunter whose job is to “retire” (kill) several androids that had escaped life on Mars and displayed nefarious intentions.

Rick Deckard owned a sheep, an electric one to be exact. Real animals were so rare and expensive that he opted for an electric sheep. However, this was looked down upon in society; only the upper class usually owned real-life animals. After the malfunction of his electric sheep, Deckard became motivated to retire a group of six Nexus-6 androids, and collect the bounty money to replace his electric sheep with a real animal.

The rest of the novel entails Deckard’s chase to retire the androids. As a dystopian literature enthusiast, this book beyond satisfied all I was looking for in a read. Dick writes in such an enthralling manner, and the events he created, leading up to the ending, created a masterpiece of a book. I would highly recommend the novel to anyone ages 16+, being that there are mature themes and profanity throughout the novel. Also, Dick’s extensive use of high-level academic vocabulary would best suit the age range of 16+. Overall, I would consider "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" to be one of my favorite books of all time; it’s a must-read!

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danielgarcia2002
Jan 04, 2021

This book is what the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” was based off of and is one of not my favorite movie of all time. In summary, the time is 2021 when technology has advanced to the point where AI have been created in the form of Nexus 6 androids created by the Tyrell Corporation and used for labor. After a series of incidents involving the androids they were deemed illegal and were “retired” by Blade Runners. The story is about Rick Deckard, a retired Blade Runner brought back to hunt down and retire a group of Nexus 6 androids.

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Tylerr25
Dec 22, 2020

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, is a science fiction novel based in San Francisco, CA. Due to the radioactive dust from World War Terminus, most of the world has immigrated to mars with androids as their slaves. Some humans, as well as androids, remain on Earth but Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter, must retire the existing androids on Earth. I really enjoyed this book because it gives a futuristic view on our world and explores the possibilities that the future may bring. This book is great for those who enjoy reading about possible new technological and societal advances as well as those who like to explore different realities.

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wingertdj
Nov 27, 2020

Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” is the much-praised basis of for the movie “Blade Runner”. This book deals with the more cerebral ideas left out of the action movie. I found the world to be well thought out and there is much to think about, but mostly I found it and the people in it to be pathetic and sad. Published in 1968, I wonder if the author foresaw how people would become self-absorbed and chose to portray us as “androids”. Only caring about themselves; how things affect them. The lack of empathy, which has defined us as human. Sounds like the world we live in.

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mnack_0
Aug 16, 2020

SO 1968!! This book falls solidly into the 1960's style of dystopian sci-fi. Think Logan's Run, Fahrenheit 451, 1984 (the one with Edmond O'Brien), the original Star Trek series (which weren't so dystopian - but you get my drift.) Just to name a few that come immediately to mind. The forward-thinking social commentary - with androids substituting for 'people' we consider "less than" - is, sadly, an issue we still struggle with in 2020.

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

1968 - 4.08

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ChantalForget
Dec 20, 2019

Fun!! Made me realize I wanted to read more sci-fi. was super fun to have things you don't expect happen :o

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Purple_Ghost
Dec 05, 2019

The beginning and middle are all good, but all of the sudden he seems to have decided to rush the end. The main character was able to overcome the "problem" with way too much ease. And it seems in his rush to end the book, the author forgot about somethings that were supposed to aid or challenge the main character. I would recommend the book, I just wish the end hadn't been rushed like it was.

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MichelleinBallard
Sep 17, 2017

"I am a fraud," Mercer said. "They're sincere; their research is genuine. From their standpoint I am an elderly retired bit player named Al Jarry. All of it, their disclosure, is true. They interviewed me at my home, as they claim; I told them whatever they wanted to know, which was everything."

"Including about the whisky?"

Mercer smiled. "It was true. They did a good job and from their standpoint Buster Friendly's disclosure was convincing. They will have trouble understanding why nothing has changed. Because you're still here and I'm still here." Mercer indicated with a sweep of his hand the barren, rising hillside, the familiar place. "I lifted you from the tomb world just now and I will continue to lift you until you lose interest and want to quit. But you will have to stop searching for me because I will never stop searching for you."

PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

“Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday's homeopape. When nobody's around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there's twice as much of it. It always gets more and more."

PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

“Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday's homeopape. When nobody's around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there's twice as much of it. It always gets more and more."

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LazyNeko
Oct 19, 2011

He thought, too, about his need for a real animal; within him an actual hatred once more manifested itself toward his electric sheep, which he had to tend, had to care about, as if it lived. The tyranny of an object, he thought. It doesn't know I exist. Like the androids, it had no ability to appreciate the existence of another.

Wolvie Aug 12, 2009

You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.

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DavidB
May 10, 2009

I'm seeing one of them for the the first time. And they damn near did it; they came awfully damn close to undermining the Voigt-Kampff scale, the only method we have for detecting them. The Rosen Association does a good job -- makes a good try, anyhow -- at protecting its products. And I have to face six more of them, he reflected. Before I'm finished. He would earn the bounty money. Every cent. Assuming he made it through alive.

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jlapham
Oct 02, 2013

Do Androids dream of electric sheep? Do androids dream at all? Do they hope for something better? Humans have dreams and hopes, and humans have empathy. How and why have these traits come about? Research on this can be found, yet here, Dick has explored what happens when these traits are missing. How cold logic and curiosity can take over, and how when the pain in others does not register, or the pleasure for that matter, lead ultimately to worse and deadly choices. Can a person live without these qualities? Would they be condemned by their peers? What happens when we remove the spider's legs? Does it make a difference if the spider is artificial? I personally was intrigued when a discussion about judgment came up, or at least it did in my mind. A being exists which is pure acceptance, and lacking in judgment. Lacking judgment allows for a more clear perception of the worald, and a release from stress. What happens when this point is reached, and can it be reversed? Can a mind go from complete numbing acceptance to the strong opinion and emotional reactiveness which seems more common to human nature. If you, or anyone, lacked empathy, how would you go about testing for its existence in others? At some point, though we may recognize the pain of another, most people have committed some act at the painful expense of someone else. So, then, does empathy only give recognition of feeling? Are some more susceptible to their empathic sense than others? I would imagine so; in fact, I'm sure I've observed this. If your arrival to this work was due to watching the film Blade Runner do not expect too much similarity. Certainly, many of the characters and ideas, and even at times the plot, seem to go with the film, but ultimately it is quite a different experience. The landscape of Dick's future is hard and polluted. So much so that it can take lives, and souls. Try not to let the imagery of the film be the backdrop when you read, for it is not quite the same. And, in order to prolong the inevitable build-up of kipple, I suggest checking this book out from the library so that you can return it before it breaks down... Then again, I would consider one worth keeping in the personal collection.

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DavidB
May 10, 2009

Sexual Content: "Copulation with an android; absolutely against the law, here and on the colony worlds as well."

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