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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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a book that most people think they remember and almost always get more or less wrong. Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner took a lot from it, and threw a lot away. Wonderful in itself, the film is a flash thriller, whereas Dick's novel is a sober meditation. As we all know, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is stalking a group of androids who have returned from space with short life spans and murder on their minds--where Scott's Deckard was Harrison Ford, Dick's is a financially strapped municipal employee with bills to pay and a depressed wife. In a world where most animals have died, and pet keeping is a social duty, he can only afford a robot imitation, unless he gets a big financial break.
The genetically warped "chickenhead" John Isidore has visions of a tomb-world where entropy has finally won. And everyone plugs in to the spiritual agony of Mercer, whose sufferings for the sins of humanity are broadcast several times a day. Prefiguring the religious obsessions of Dick's last novels, this book asks dark questions about identity and altruism. After all, is it right to kill the killers just because Mercer says so? --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.ukFrom the Publisher:
The classic novel behind the cult film classic directed by Ridley Scott. As atmospheric and even more compelling than the film. A dystopian tour de force.
--Fred Dodnick, Vice President, Director of Trade Production
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Book Description HarperCollins / Voyager, 1997. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine: Small signs of wear. Cover Art: Chris Moore (illustrator). 1997 Edition. © 1968: A stand-alone novel by Philip K Dick. 1st printing of 1997 edition:- Synopsis: World War Terminus has left Earth an underpopulated wasteland where people keep electronic animals as pets. Through this bleak landscape reluctant bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalks the sophisticated and lethal Nexus-6 androids who have fled their labours in the Martian Colonies. In so doing, Deckard soon learns that the new messiah, the single messenger of hope in a desperate society, may also be a fake. Stalking the mean streets of the grim futuristic megalopolis that came alive in Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner', Rick Deckard begins to question who is human nd just what 'human' is:- Review(s): "The most brilliant sci-fi mind on any planet" - Rolling Stone / "The most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world" - John Brunner, author of 'Stand On Zanzibar' / "A marvelous and complex book, simply written but leaving all kinds of resonance in the mind" - Brian Aldiss / "My literary hero" - Fay Weldon:- (original cost £5.99). Bookseller Inventory # 17.004.00013
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