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

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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

About The Author

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...

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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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ISBN - 10:0345508556

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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 Both the book & the movie are good. The book has more description & was startling. The Blade Runner movie did it justice.
Date published: 2017-06-11
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 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ... PKD created a whole new genre here
Date published: 2017-02-04
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