Philip K Dick's visionary forerunner to the novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' that became the film Bladerunner, tells the story of Louis Rosen and his love for the daughter of his business partner and the truth about where his life-like androids might end up…
Making an animatronic replica of Abraham Lincoln has never been easier.
Finding someone to buy it is the hard part.
Louis Rosen's firm, the Frauenzimmer Piano Company, builds electronic organs and upright pianos. Deciding to expand the business the firm get ambitious, building exact reconstructions of famous personalities.
Sam K. Barrows, a lunar real estate tycoon wants to repopulate the moon with their creations, and he's the only one rich enough to buy them. As the Lincoln model develops a fault and Rosen begins to fall for the daughter of his business partner, things go from bad to worse and his mental health rapidly begins to deteriorate.
‘We Can Build You' bears striking similarities in Dick's later novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' which was later transformed into Ridley Scott's extraordinary science fiction film classic ‘Bladerunner'.
'The fact that what Dick is writing about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation - this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges.' Ursula K. Le Guin 'No other writer of his generation had such a powerful intellectual presence. He has stamped himself not only on our memories but in our imaginations' Brian W. Aldiss