Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 by Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner…

byPhilip K. Dick

Kobo ebook | February 26, 2008

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A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner

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 built 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

“The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world.”—John Brunner

“A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”The New York Times

“[Philip K. Dick] sees all the sparkling—and terrifying—possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from.”Rolling Stone

Phillip Kindred Dick is an American science fiction writer best known for his psychological portrayals of characters trapped in illusory environments. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1928, Dick worked in radio and studied briefly at the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his writing career. His first novel, Solar Lo...
Title:Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 26, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it! It is worth the read if you are a Blade Runner fan. Some parts of the book I found a little bit confusing and reminded me of Fahrenheit 451 (the VR stuff) but for the most part I really enjoyed the book, and it was a quick read. There are elements of the book that caused me to re watch the film with more understanding. Slightly disappointed that they only hinted to these elements in the film, such as the value of owning a live pet and what that meant to the main character and how it relates to the entire point of the film.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it! Not my favourite book, and I think I did actually like the movie better this time, but the book was pretty good too. A lot more info than the movie and it was quite interesting. Good mix of action and worldbuilding. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicately Strange The weird, subtle vibe found in the movies is also found in the book. Therefore probably not for everyone, considering both the movies were flops, but I love the movies and the book was delicately strange, and a short read to indulge in.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Plot I read this for an English class and although I don't usually enjoy science fiction, Dick's novel had me captivated. The characters and their issues are interesting, and the conflict and parallel plot lines provide lots of room for thought and imagination.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The basis for the Blade Runner movie is almost entirely different than the movie. It's actually shocking to see what Hollywood does to these characters; the main character is married yet in the movie he rapes an android; one of the group of androids was an opera singer that the movie made into a stripper. This book is definitely worth the read just to see first hand how a creation can be subverted into something entirely different.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like most of Dick's work, it's very meandering But, also like most of Dick's work, it's completely full of great ideas.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting book An interesting look at a conceivable future. Read this before seeing Blade Runner, and glad I did. Dick's writing style is a bit of a slog at times, with his sentence structure a bit different, but it's well worth the slog when you get to the end of it.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from would recommend! If you're a Blade Runner fan but haven't read the book... it's worth it.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It really makes you think While I did have to read this for school, I loved it. It makes you think about what makes one human and what is reality and all of the deep questions you dive into in an English class. You should read this even if you don't like philosophical questions because it is well written and the characters are great. The movie doesn't do the book justice.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read for school but enjoyed. Thought provoking! 3.5 stars. Read for a high school class but really enjoyed this one. It explores some deep topics and has got me thinking. The fact that it was written in 1968 is mind blowing and really makes our world today scary as we approach something like this fictional world.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful One of my favourite fiction novels. The writing is superb and draws you in. Many will not know that this book as the basis for the Blade Runner movie, and as the sequel has recently been released, I will be rereading my copy!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Love this author and all of his work!!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh i had to read this for school but I definitely wouldn't have read it otherwise
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Brilliant classic in the SciFi/dystopia genre. Dick delivers a thought-provoking narrative that has us wondering about the future and where humanity is headed. Highly philosophical and intelligent, this is a must-read for any fan of the genre.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it I've never watched the movie and always wanted to read the book before hand. I genuinely loved it! I've never read Philip K Dick before but I am definitely a fan. He builds a rich world, with great themes touching on what makes a person human. The plot moves quickly without rushing you along. I am a fan! I bought UBIK right after since I liked his writing so much. If you're a fan of sci-fi this is definitely for you!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's OK I haven't watched and I'm not familiar with the movies this book inspired so I went into this blind. It was OK. Thought provoking, at times weird. Sci-fi with a bit of new age thrown in. It certainly paints a very bleak future I don't want to be part of.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking You will read it a ton about this book but it still catches you off guard - this book was so far ahead of it's time it is scary to imagine. An interesting look at a potential future that does not feel implausible today. Makes you think and wonder, I wish it were longer and maybe showed a look at Mars, but still a great book.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bladerunner The movie clearly must have cut out all of the philosophical dialogue that appears in the book. There's no way this book, in this form, created that cult classic movie.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Huh. Weird, but I think I liked it.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-bending sci-fi if you ever get sick of empty calorie sci-fi being peddled by Hollywood and Hollywood wannabes, take this book out and get challenged.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome story, cult classic Story makes you think. Fast paced and excellently written
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun Pretty weird book, the movie left out all the random parts.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This is one of my favourite books I've read in years. It's a classic for a reason. It stays with you and forces you to think about it long after you finish.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blade Runner This novel - which is the inspiration for the motion film Blade Runner - presents an interesting and complex sci-fi world, which is both good and bad. I appreciate how layered the mythos is and how much thought went into its creation, but I also felt that it wasn't presented in the most comprehensible way. It really seems as though the plot is way more simplistic than the actual setting. Nevertheless, I was an entertaining read and there are some really deep themes being explored here.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep My first read of the new year revisited a good book that I first read following the release of the the movie Blade Runner. The book is much different from the film, as are most of the cinematic takes on the author's works. I enjoyed it more 30 years after my first read of it. Perhaps I understood it a little more now that I have aged.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Androids Awe inspiring and ahead of its time. I loved this book. The deeper you delve into the book the better it gets.
Date published: 2013-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A man before his time This book, like all of Dick's books is entirely captivating. The book gives a much truer glimpse into the story due to the exclusion Holywood's hand. Don't stop reading Dick after this book! A Scanner Darkly will take you through the eyes of a drug addict in a way that's never been done before. Dick was definately a man before his time.
Date published: 2000-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Novel, Less Action Than Blade Runner I have to admit, I only picked this book up because I loved Blade Runner so much. Since this is the novel that it was based on I thought I would be in for a treat. What I found was a slow moving story, similar to the movie. Rick Deckard's life is explained a little more, and so are the other characters which is nice. I liked the character development. But the story was just so slow moving I found myself drowsing off once in a while.A nice book, but I found it slow and actionless.
Date published: 1999-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep I was assigned this book as part of a cyberworlds course in college. At first I was turned away from the book due to it's title, but since I had to read it for school, I gave it a shot! I was foolish for not wanting to read such a great book! There has been a film made from the book, "Bladerunner". I find that the book is much more descriptive than the movie, and it has a much better story line. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi at all, then you definately MUST pick this book up!
Date published: 1999-03-17