Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Guy who likes pets goes around killing people, eventually finds a pet.
62 thousand words, or about 4 hours read at 250 words per minute.
The movies “Blade Runner” (1982) and “Blade Runner 2045” (2017) are based on this book. Also Google Android phones seem to get their name from this book, with the Google Nexus line of Android phones being obviously based on it. Nexus is the name of model of androids which the protagonist murders throughout the book.
The protagonist has an electric sheep that he keeps on the roof, it’s based on a real sheep that he had which died, but he wants to get a real flesh-and-blood pet. This is the motivation of the protagonist throughout the whole book. He never really succeeds.
What he does do is kill a bunch of human-esque androids, which are more appropriately called clones, since they aren’t really solid-based. They are like the “robots” for R.u.R, flesh and blood “robots” that are grown in a vat to an adult size, with a life expectancy of 6 years.
Honestly I found the whole thing quite cruel to the androids, so I never liked the protagonist. There was a part of the book where it seemed like the tables would turn, and it would turn out he was an android killing humans, but turned out to not be the case. bummer, though I do believe this section is the basis of the “Blade Runner 2045” movie.
The only real robots in the book, are probably the pets, though their power source is unknown, unless they combust or chemically derive energy from food.
I’m not really sure why this book became a movie and became so popular, but maybe I was just born too late to appreciate it. Perhaps the concepts it was portraying were new and the deplorable subjugation of a minority were acceptable at the time it was written.
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