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The Melancholy Android Hardcover – 10 Aug 2006


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Explores the cultural significance of androids.


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By Benjamin D. Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my most favorite books. It's not large but Eric G. Wilson packs a lot in. It's about androids, mummies and golems. But it's about a lot more. He discusses mythology, religion, philosophy, films, fiction stories and popular culture. He provides many insights in how he connects these diverse ideas. I love this book and have returned to it many times.

I'd recommend reading this book along with The Secret Life of Puppets by Victoria Nelson as Wilson was influenced by her work. I'd also suggest reading this along with the non-fiction of Philip K. Dick such as The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings because he comes up in both books, or you could read Pink Beams of Light from the God in the Gutter: The Science-Fictional Religion of Philip K. Dick by Gabriel McKee which is the most clear introduction to Philip K. Dick's ideas. Furthermore, maybe check out Thomas S. Hibbs' Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption which is about Noir and dark tales of redemption but also brings up Philip K. Dick.

All of these are great authors that cover similar territory. In particular, these books all share focus on the subject of gnosticism especially in terms of American culture. If you're interested in any of these subjects, then there are no better books out there.
HASH(0x9bea8210) out of 5 stars Machines and Man 30 July 2012
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This is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long tine. As machines and humans become more intermingled it raises many interesting questions and pulls from many literary sources of authors wrestling with these same questions.
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