Blade Runner : (Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep)

Blade Runner : (Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep)

Book - 1982
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1982, c1968
ISBN: 9780345301291
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 18 cm


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Jul 23, 2019

Empathy as a measure of humanity. The protagonist soon learns that androids may be capable of empathy and compassion while humans may be completely devoid of it, a realization that changes his understanding of himself. The novel came to be due to a Nazi journal Dick came across: ...a Holocaust Nazi officer complains about not being able to sleep because he was “kept awake at night by the cries of starving children.” Instead of empathizing with their suffering, the officer only saw them as a nuisance that disturbed his sleep. That one line had a deep impact on Dick who thought, “It is not human to complain in your diary that starving children are keeping you awake.”

Jul 13, 2019

Had I read this book shortly after it was published more than 50 years ago, it would have received at least one more star. But because much of his anticipated future technology has been so greatly surpassed by what has actually happened, it is hard to suspend disbelief. His hope for the status of space exploration in 2021 is beyond sanguine, making it even more difficult to maintain my usual enjoyment of sci-fi. He has the cause of the 6th Great Extinction wrong, although his version is mercifully quicker than what we are going through now. Still, I liked the story.

Apr 13, 2019

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep is a novel by Phillip K. Dick and served as the inspiration behind the famous motion picture "Blade Runner". Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep takes place in a dystopian future, where a war has ravaged the world, and most humans fit to emigrate find themselves on Mars. Those who were unfit were known as "specials" and had to remain on earth. In the time period 2021, androids are sent to Mars as compensation for immigrants, as a result, Earth has banned androids. The main character, Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter who "retires" rouge / corrupt androids for the Police Department. After a group of androids escape Mars and injure a fellow bounty hunter, Rick is tasked to track them down. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep is a great science-fiction novel for all fans of the genre, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a good read. I rate this book 4/5 stars. - @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Apr 01, 2019

Extremely interesting Science fiction world that punches you in the gut at just the right moments. This book is intense

Mar 31, 2019

Pretty darn good book, and it's different from it's adapted movie version Blade Runner in several ways. At times the tone and setting within the world blend into each other and are dreamlike which takes some getting used to but is worth it. Brings up a lot of facets of what makes us human, not just what it means to have a soul or whether are not animatronic servants should be considered slaves like the movie addresses clearly, but it also brings things like emotion into question. If you are able to induce whatever emotion you want upon yourself then are you truly human. Who is the superior model? The human or the machine, etc. It's a bleak yet fascinating book.

Jul 21, 2018

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick was a fantastic science fiction read with themes revolving around man’s humanity. First published in 1968, this iconic novel is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco as bounty hunter Richard Deckard tracks down and “retires” runaway androids.

I was absolutely fascinated by this tale. Set in the year 2019 (which seemed in the future when the book was written), this world is an unhealthy, dreary place with it’s fake religion, mood amplifiers and a non-stop 24 hour television show. The story totally held my attention while at the same time the author left many unanswered questions that give the reader a lot to ponder upon. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a complex, dark and disturbing read that in light of the world situation today seems all that more relevant.

Jun 30, 2018

I can appreciate the book's focus on philosophical questions of morality, it definitely gave me some food for thought. However, I found the pace was sometimes lagging and I would have liked a bit more action. Additionally, the religious beliefs of characters that play a relatively big role in the story were not very well explained. That being said, I did enjoy the aspects of the story that revolved around the value of animals and I liked the development of the main character.

Jun 19, 2018

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" is a story that isn't always coherent on what's actually happening. Unlike the movie, animals are coveted now as the Earth atmosphere has become toxic. This alludes to the title of the book. The movie is nothing like the book. It's important to remember that the book inspired the movie and it isn't an adaptation of the book itself. With that in mind, don't expect to like the book if you really liked the movie.

May 16, 2018

A very enjoyable read but I liked the movie it inspired better.

Mar 11, 2018

I didn't rate this book as highly as I would have preferred. Despite the hooray and praise surrounding the novel it failed to enthrall me. I struggled through every chapter, but I tried to keep an open mind to the ideas an social commentary the author was making. From a literary context the novel is well written, well organized, and the story creates a world full of imagination. However, I had a very hard time relating the main character and an even more difficult time relating to his wife or to Rachel. But, I contemplate the fact that it may be the authors point to make his characters difficult to relate too considering most of them are humanoid robots. However, even Deckerd with his needy disposition to 'keep up with the joneses' and snide, near caustic, attitude towards all female characters, failed to inspire empathy. If you want a dystopian novel that presents human desire for empathetic connection in a existentialist, materialistic world yet robs you of that emotional fulfillment then this is the novel for you. Please don't misunderstand, the author is an imaginative genius and his novel presents incredible themes and perceptions on modern society - I simply didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.

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Sep 17, 2017

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"Including about the whisky?"

Mercer smiled. "It was true. They did a good job and from their standpoint Buster Friendly's disclosure was convincing. They will have trouble understanding why nothing has changed. Because you're still here and I'm still here." Mercer indicated with a sweep of his hand the barren, rising hillside, the familiar place. "I lifted you from the tomb world just now and I will continue to lift you until you lose interest and want to quit. But you will have to stop searching for me because I will never stop searching for you."

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PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

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Oct 19, 2011

He thought, too, about his need for a real animal; within him an actual hatred once more manifested itself toward his electric sheep, which he had to tend, had to care about, as if it lived. The tyranny of an object, he thought. It doesn't know I exist. Like the androids, it had no ability to appreciate the existence of another.

Wolvie Aug 12, 2009

You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.

May 10, 2009

I'm seeing one of them for the the first time. And they damn near did it; they came awfully damn close to undermining the Voigt-Kampff scale, the only method we have for detecting them. The Rosen Association does a good job -- makes a good try, anyhow -- at protecting its products. And I have to face six more of them, he reflected. Before I'm finished. He would earn the bounty money. Every cent. Assuming he made it through alive.


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Oct 02, 2013

Do Androids dream of electric sheep? Do androids dream at all? Do they hope for something better? Humans have dreams and hopes, and humans have empathy. How and why have these traits come about? Research on this can be found, yet here, Dick has explored what happens when these traits are missing. How cold logic and curiosity can take over, and how when the pain in others does not register, or the pleasure for that matter, lead ultimately to worse and deadly choices. Can a person live without these qualities? Would they be condemned by their peers? What happens when we remove the spider's legs? Does it make a difference if the spider is artificial? I personally was intrigued when a discussion about judgment came up, or at least it did in my mind. A being exists which is pure acceptance, and lacking in judgment. Lacking judgment allows for a more clear perception of the worald, and a release from stress. What happens when this point is reached, and can it be reversed? Can a mind go from complete numbing acceptance to the strong opinion and emotional reactiveness which seems more common to human nature. If you, or anyone, lacked empathy, how would you go about testing for its existence in others? At some point, though we may recognize the pain of another, most people have committed some act at the painful expense of someone else. So, then, does empathy only give recognition of feeling? Are some more susceptible to their empathic sense than others? I would imagine so; in fact, I'm sure I've observed this. If your arrival to this work was due to watching the film Blade Runner do not expect too much similarity. Certainly, many of the characters and ideas, and even at times the plot, seem to go with the film, but ultimately it is quite a different experience. The landscape of Dick's future is hard and polluted. So much so that it can take lives, and souls. Try not to let the imagery of the film be the backdrop when you read, for it is not quite the same. And, in order to prolong the inevitable build-up of kipple, I suggest checking this book out from the library so that you can return it before it breaks down... Then again, I would consider one worth keeping in the personal collection.


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May 10, 2009

Sexual Content: "Copulation with an android; absolutely against the law, here and on the colony worlds as well."

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