'You've got to love a book that includes physics-lecturing fish, android Einsteins, and researchers intent on building robot replicas of their wives and girlfriends. Not to mention Philip K. Dick himself. This is an instant classic of weird science.' --Alex Boese, bestselling author of Elephants on Acid and Electric Sheep
'The best kind of popular science... Leaves you hungry to know more, and wondering at the possibilities that may lie ahead.' --Australian Bookseller & Publisher
'Literally incredible.' --The Age
Probably the Strangest Story You Will Read This Year In 2005 a group of young robot designers and computer scientists dreamed up a fantastic, audacious idea: to build an android modelled on Philip K. Dick, the iconic sci-fi guru. After countless hours tinkering with fake flesh and animatronic motors and turning the writer's opus into a computer brain, the android was brought eerily to life. It would watch people as they approached, recognize their faces, answer their questions in Dick's own words. Then, things went horribly wrong. A roboticist on his way to Google HQ for a special presentation left the android's head on a flight to Las Vegas. The head of Philip K. Dick was lost. In a story that could have been lifted from one of Philip K. Dick s celebrated novels, which have been made into such films as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and The Adjustment Bureau, David Dufty brings to light the incredible but true events surrounding the android s creation and disappearance. Along the way, he explores how the science of robotic resurrection will soon meet our very real future.