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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
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May 23, 12

Read on May 23, 2012

The first thing to state about this book is that it bears only superficial similarities to the film Blade Runner. Fans of the film looking for a novelisation are going to be sadly disappointed. Philip K. Dick specifically refused to update the novel to reflect the movie and I think that he was right in this, the book stands up well as a grim view of a distopian future.

The main premise of the book, like the film, is the pursuit of renegade Androids escaped from Mars, but the focus is much more on the despair and bleakness of the lives of the Humans still living on Earth. Radioactive dust has coated everything and is gradually degrading the people that are left. Entire cities are left empty for entropy to claim and people are regularly tested to see if they have suffered brain damage.

This part of the book is the one that leaves the lasting memories, there are no long soliloqies from the robots, in fact they are dealt with in an almost perfunctory manner. But the world around them is as strong a character as any of the others in there.

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