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Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) : Blade Runner - Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

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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

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Of Electric Sheep and Radioactive Dust

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A reaaly good read. It doesn't take very long as it is quite short and the background information provided by the postscript about the history of the making of the film is an essential for anyone who is an enchanted by the film as I am. The essential philosophical and moral issues traversed by this book are as important now for us as an interconnected technological global culture as they ever could have been for Dick's projected future for our world. The post-apocalyptic grittiness of the narrative is gripping. I found the elaboration of a coercive mass-media to be particularly insightful. The role of religion and a collective participation in a virtual, technologically mediated suffering experience was also a very interesting projection upon the future.

Canberra

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One of my favourite books

5

This book is a seminal sci fi pertinent to today. It was a book we read for our book club, generated great discussion.

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Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

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ISBN: 9780345350473
ISBN-10: 0345350472
Series: Blade Runner
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 12th July 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.11