Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Paperback)

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“...ultimately, the empathetic gift blurred the boundaries between hunter and victim, between the successful and the defeated.”

As the basis for the cinematic masterpiece Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a must-read for any sci-fi fan. The book follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter searching for illegal androids hiding on Earth. As his hunt progresses and the danger increases, Deckard must grapple with questions about the nature of consciousness, empathy, and biological vs. mechanical life. Dark, thought-provoking, and wonderfully bizarre, this book presents the fantastic possibilities of sci-fi as only Philip K. Dick can deliver. Also available as ebook and audiobook.

- Recommended by Will

— From October Staff Picks for Book Lovers


A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner

By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They've even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and "retire" them. But when cornered, androids fight back--with lethal force.

Praise for Philip K. Dick

"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world."--John Brunner

"A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet."--The New York Times

" Philip K. Dick] sees all the sparkling--and terrifying--possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from."--Rolling Stone

About the Author

Born in Chicago in 1928, Philip K. Dick would go on to become one of the most celebrated science fiction authors of all time. The author of 44 published novels and 120 short stories, Dick won a Hugo Award in 1963, and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1975, and was nominated five separate times for the Nebula Award. Eleven of his works have been turned into films, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. He died in 1982.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345404473
ISBN-10: 0345404475
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: May 28th, 1996
Pages: 256
Language: English