Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I would say the empathy box is some kind of neural network predicted to be existent in the future by Philip K. Dick that can connect users to each other and both transmit and receive emotions in a video simulation of this old chap Mercer walking up the mountain. If I'm not wrong, in the book there's a part where Rick refuses to use the empathy box because his happiness in owning a real goat would then be shared with others whereas he would feel others' pain in the process. I guess the empathy box lets users feel what others feel, and these users are usually avid followers of "Mercerism" which is nothing more than a religion that allows people to connect spiritually.
The fact that the media in the book debunked Mercerism doesn't matter, because the fact is that even though Mercerism may be created in a video studio, the emotions transmitted through the machine are real, and gives users something to believe in and hold onto in this depressing future.(less) (hide spoiler)]
The first mistake that a new reader would make is to watch Blade Runner and expect a novelization of that film; it was LOOSELY based upon the book. I'm a big fan of the Ridley Scott film starring Harrison For ...more
Along with being the only geek who made it through puberty without reading Phillip K. Dick books, I also am one ...more
“It's the basic condition of life to be required to violate our own identity.”
― Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Having hooked up all the iridescent wires from my XC-23 Weird and Crazy in Fiction Test Machine to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, I’m here to report results showed the needle registering a maximum ten out of ten on each and every page. Quite a feat. Quite a novel. But then again, maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised - after all, this is Philip K. Dick. One of t ...more
Is it really possible for androids to acquire human traits like empathy and the desire to understand the meaning of life and avoid death at all costs? What would the role of socialism play in an android world? Would self aware androids seek out to destroy anything that threatened their existence or tried to control their thoughts (ie programming)?
A Google search r ...more
"Hey!", the bartender says, "Only people with feelings are allowed in here! You need empathy in order to be in a joke like this, or at least have something people can relate to."
"Oh, don't worry", the android replies, "I definitely feel empathy."
Relieved, the bartender invites him over to the bar. "What are you having?"
"A beer would be great!", the android replies. The bartender, evidently approving of this fine choice, gladly obliges and goes on to cater for the othe ...more
"An android," he said, "doesn't care what happens to another android. That's one of the indications we look for."
"Then," Miss Luft said, "you must be an android."
That stopped him; he stared at her.
This is all I could think about when reading. I really looked for evidence to back the idea up, though the novel only provided me with speculation and partial facts. For every little suggestion in the text that he is a robot, there is an effective counter argument. Somehow, though ...more
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968. The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, where Earth's life has been greatly damaged by nuclear global war.
Most animal species are endangered or extinct from extreme radiation poisoning, so that owning an animal is now a sign of status and empathy, an attitude encoura ...more
Ohhhhhhhhhhh baby. How have I not read this until now? Why haven’t I seen Blade Runner before? Why?! Why?! Whyyyyyyyyyyy.........
Everything about this book is just, just, so... just so... everything about this book, man, this book, it’s just so... it is. This book.
Awesome. This book is awesome.
Words I’m trying to eliminate from my vocabulary: man, awesome, cool, legit, ...more
The novel is a cat-and-mouse game but the protagonist stands before the problem of moral choice: whish one is a cat and which one is a mouse?
The old man said, “You will be required...more
Gage their empathy and retire them. Practice Mercerism.
Dial your moods. Love your animals.
Have fun in this wonderful world!
Plot holes that I disliked:
- Why employ a 2nd pair of andy killers instead of making some andys pose as such?
- 2 police precincts?
- 2 sets of andy tests. Osencibly both effective? Why not make a bogus one and be done with it?
- The animals thing - underdeveloped.
What do you do, roam around killing people and telling ...more
A couple of things that are fascinating in PKD's work (not depicted in the film) are (i) the relationship between men and (mostly robotic) animals in a post-nuclear war environment where most animals are extinct, and th ...more
- Well, let’s look at the evidence. You have no empathy whatsoever….
- What? Where is your evidence for this outrageous statement?
- Protest all you like, but you can ask anybody. You’re notorious. You’re an empathy free zone.
- Wait, I think it’s clear what’s happening here. You are in fact the android, and you have had a false memory implanted into you to make you think you are human.
- Not so, you have had a false memory planted in you to ...more
Many questions arise when one reads Philip K. Dick’s 1968 sci fi classic. But one question I specifically had to ask myself was, Why on earth did I give this a four star rating when I joined Goodreads? Am I completely nuts? I leave it up to you, dear Goodreads friends, to answer that question. But thanks in advance for your encouraging words.
Personally I’m going to put it down to circumstances. I was reading this book for the first time while I was on vacation in Barcelona. It took me ...more
The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.
In the spirit of Phillip K. Dick‘s questioning of reality and identity, it’s fitting that there are two versions of this story. On ...more
- first 15%: I am very confused and therefore having a hard time focusing (because I hate feeling dumb and when I do I act out and/or throw a tantrum like a petulant child who is not interested in their first grade arts and crafts activity)
- 15% to 50%: I am, inexplicably and suddenly, VERY interested in the story and having trouble putting the book down
- 50%: Extremely enthused about the idea of what I think is a plot twist. Disappointed by the realization that ...more
If you've seen the 1982 Blade Runner movie, you already know Deckard is a bounty hunter....works for law enforcement....and has a license to kill rogue androids aka replicants.
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP was the inspiration for the old movie as well as Blade Runner 2049 in theatre's now and is the same in some respects, but without the intensity and violence. It kind of has a strange calmness to it....almost like you've taken a mood enhancer, and there's a whole other...more
I think it just wasn't the right time for me to read this. Maybe in a few years I'll give it another go, because I liked the concept. ...more
This novel is a cult classic. You're supposed to love cult classics right? Right. Well guess what? Not only did I not love this book, it pretty much bored me to death, too. Yay.
Don't get me wrong, this book is somewhat brilliant. Well, okay, if it had actually been brilliant I'd obviously have given it a 4-star rating. So let's just say this book is po ...more
It seems that when Dick wrote this he didn't have a good grasp on translating his big ideas into an engrossing--or even active story. It's not that there's no movement in the story. Things happen, but even when they do, even in the throes of the final confrontation, when Deckard is retiring three andys in one aba ...more
Am I wrong in saying that first, one should read Kafka; second, one should understand how Kafka's fiction functions as a blend of anthropology, theology, and philosophy, among other things. Then, read Phillip K. Dick again, and notice the themes of paranoia, identity crisis, ...more
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction masterpiece by Philip K. Dick (PKD) that also served as the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner. It was first published in 1968.
The story is about Rick Deckard, an android killer. He works for the police in San Francisco, where the deadly radioactive dust from World War Terminus still covers the city ...more
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