Philip K. Dick's novel of America a few years from now is the basis of the cult classic film Blade Runner. Although the film is magnificent, the novel stands alone as a unique and quality work. The main character's primary motivation is completely overlooked in the film and it is strangely compelling with sadly tragic results. The contrast between the man that "retires" Nexus 6's and the man that covets warm fuzzy creatures is startling--cold calculation to gentleman farmer wannabe...
The writing flows well and is easily digested. The work well expresses the alienation of the age. Where Blade Runner is melancholy, this novel is bittersweet. The reader can certainly recognize many elements of the film in this novel but the two works diverge and they each can certainly be appreciated for this diversity.
My mission, should I decide to accept it, is to review this Philip K. Dick novel with little or no reference to "Blade Runner", the movie it inspired. Here we go. Bad news first - even more than most of PKD's classic work, "Electric Sheep" explains everything to you. It's full of historical data, telling you that in the future of its setting, war has left clouds of radioactive dust all over creation, endangering the mentality and reproductive health of pretty nearly every … more
"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world." --John Brunner THE INSPIRATION FOR BLADERUNNER. . . Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was published in 1968. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time. By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans. Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results. "[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from." --Paul Williams Rolling Stone