Blade Runner Paperback – 11 Feb 1999
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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, 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.
Philip K. Dick's classic SF novel, which was adapted as the film BLADE RUNNER.See all Product Description
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On reflection, I now recognise the book as being an excellent work. The only reason I have awarded it four stars out of five is that I have also read "Ubik" - which is so excellent that I cannot judge "Do Androids..." at 100% in comparison.
The book is more subtle than the film, and includes a lot of Dicks subtle examination of the human condition, which, over the years, had led him to accurately predict several technological innovations to come, not because he was up on technology, but because he knew the sort of thing we'd end up doing. The story contains electric animals, since the real ones have become rather scarce, one of these being the electric sheep owned by the main character, which he pretends is real to save face. One of my favorites is the device which can change your mood: When you don't feel like changing your mood, you can dial in a code to put you in the mood for using the machine! So, given that we are now cloning sheep, I would suggest mood-machines and Androids are on the way.
If you're new to Dick, you're also new to his unique ability of being able to weave a puzzle that will take at least half the book to unravel (or so you think, until you reach the end, and you realise you were wrong!Read more ›
If you've watched 'Blade Runner', it might strike you that this, the book it was based upon, tells a very different story. This Deckard bears little resemblance to the Harrison Ford Deckard. The android characters are equally dissimilar to those in the film. the way they're tested (in book and film alike) is by asking them a series of questions, the answers to which show whether they have empathy. Androids fail the empathy test. Whereas the film androids failed the test, they then went on to behave empathetically. the book androids, on the other hand, confirm the test results in their cold behaviour, not only to their enemies, but to each other.Read more ›
As usual Dick imagines this with incisive intelligence himself, considering commercial and political influences on the development of androids and society in general. The plot is 'overcoming the monster', delivered in simple prose, with twists to confuse and tease your mind. A quick but stimulating read, in short, it deserves its classic status.
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It was completely different from the film. Once I got past that it wasn’t the same as the film I enjoyed it.Published 3 days ago by Jarad Childs
Don't even consider Harrison Ford just enjoy the original and wonder at how much Hollywood changes original fiction.
Great little book for those who like Bladerunner and Philip K. Dick.Published 1 month ago by Brian Moore
I found it started to really drag near the end and I had to take a break from it.Published 2 months ago by Mike
Possibly my favourite book? And I read it with very little prior knowledge or expectations. It's just so dark, so cynical, so sad, so grey, so cruel, and yet there is a sensitivity... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Quiji
This book is better known in its film form as Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Hopper
One of the rare occasions where the film is much better than the book. Lacks the tension, darkness and profundity that is offered by the film.Published 3 months ago by Gregory
Very slow start as the author explains the world in which the protagonist lives, however it's well worth the wait as it turns into a psychological thriller.Published 3 months ago by Kevin Cahill