Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? Book, £4.99 @ Amazon UK
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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? Book, £4.99 @ Amazon UK

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Found 20th Sep 2010
Waterstones - £6.49
W H Smith - £5.99

A fantastic sci fi classic from Philip K. Dick that, in turn, was the basis for the masterful Blade Runner.

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, it is a flash thriller where Dick's novel is a sober meditation. As we all know, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is stalking a group of androids returned from space with short life spans and murder on their minds--where Scott's Deckard was Harrison Ford, Dick's is a financially over-stretched 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 asks dark questions about identity and altruism. After all, is it right to kill the killers just because Mercer says so? --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

5 Comments

Hard book to read. Gave up after 20 pages and I'm a sci fi fan.

Quite different to Blade Runner...an intriguing read!

I love this book, but I've got to admit this price is pretty average!

I know it is twice the price but thebookpeople.co.uk have a 10 book set which includes this book and also minority report:

thebookpeople.co.uk/web…365

It is a good set of books and both the Philip K ones have some short stories in them too as the main story is quite short.
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