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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  20,712 ratings  ·  1,820 reviews
A human diplomat kills his alien counterpart. Earth is on the verge of war with a vastly superior alien race. A lone man races against time and a host of enemies to find the one object that can save our planet and our people from alien enslavement...

A sheep.

That's right, a sheep. And if you think that's the most surprising thing about this book, wait until you read Chapter
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published November 2006 by Tor Books (first published October 31st 2006)
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Kathy Dalton You should go out of your way to avoid this book and just read Dick's book. (Sorry - I just didn't like this book, but Do Android's Dream of Electric …moreYou should go out of your way to avoid this book and just read Dick's book. (Sorry - I just didn't like this book, but Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep is quite good.)(less)
Hao Ye The title is a reference to the PKD novel, yes. Incidentally, the title of the planned sequel (now delayed indefinitely), "The High Castle", is also a…moreThe title is a reference to the PKD novel, yes. Incidentally, the title of the planned sequel (now delayed indefinitely), "The High Castle", is also a reference to a PKD novel (specifically "The Man in the High Castle").(less)

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Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I could have read The Ghost Brigades, could have read Fuzzy Nation, but if there is a book in the “to be read” stack whose title is an unmistakable Philip K. Dick reference, then this was clearly the right choice.

And it was a good choice

Like a book by PKD, John Scalzi’s The Android’s Dream packs a lot to think about into an economically written, tightly wound package. From the genetically designed electric blue sheep, to a variety of alien races, to competing paranoid and invasive government age
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

Please don't judge this book too quickly. It gets better very fast after the infantile opening scene with the 'fart-machine'. It's one of the things about American culture that had me baffled for a very long time : where I come from we get over scatological jokes by the time we start school, but it seems they never go out of fashion around Hollywood. Even with my personal reservations, I must give credit to Scalzi for finding a new angle in the field of fart humour, and turning it into an alien
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Although I've heard nothing but good things about John Scalzi's Old Man's War, I still haven't gotten around to reading it. Which, given how much sheer fun The Android's Dream is, makes me an idiot. Seriously. If you can put this book down after reading the first paragraph, you're a better person than me. It's got action. It's got adventure. It's got power politics and strange alien races. It's got the snappiest dialogue since Nick & Nora Charles set the banter highwater mark. Get it. Read it. L ...more
A delightful romp of a space opera crossed with an espionage caper. For this entertainment we bid goodbye to the gloom of dystopias and dark post-apocalyptic struggles (with or without zombies) and return to a time when humans of merit have the agency to save the world from villains. The villains here include aliens with colonial exploitation of Earth in mind and bumbling, backstabbing bureaucrats vying for a piece of their action.

Instead of invading, the reptilian Nidu are buying up our suburbs
Feb 11, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
John Scalzi has a great storytelling ability coupled with a great sense of humor. Both are on display in this enjoyable novel.

Taking place in the future, Earth has joined the other planets in becoming spacefaring peoples. During their contact with the Nidu, an Earth diplomat becomes involved in the assassination of a Nidu diplomat, both planets prepare for war.

It seems the only way to defuse this situation is to find a sheep that can be used in a Nidu ceremony. The catch is this is a specific br
Dec 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, 1paper, 2fiction
3.5 stars or a bit more. It was a fun read, a conspiracy theory, SF adventure with lots of tongue in cheek humor, coincidences & odd aliens. Scalzi has a lot of fun poking sticks at legal systems, religions & diplomacy. There is a lot of computer work in it, including some very interesting points about data collection & privacy that is quite obviously pointed at our current system. An interesting read, although I doubt I'll ever read it again. Half the fun was not knowing what would come next. N ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
4 Stars

My first John Scalzi book that I have read and I will now grab up his other books as I am now a fan. This is a tough review to write as by saying what I like about this book might make it seem like it less than it really is.

This is a funny book. It is filled with clever wit, funny parodies, and downright corny jokes. The jokes are all over this one and give it a great feel, without actually detracting from the science. This is a science fiction novel, a space opera, and a futuriistic cons
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, on-hand
A really enjoyable story with bit of humor. More consistent than Redshirts. ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good fun adventure and saving planet earth at the same time, just what I needed for my night watch!
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t going to write a review of this book because I couldn’t really think of anything to say. It was great, funny, wrapped up with pretty much all eventualities covered. A typical John Scalzi book.

The recap: There’s been a diplomatic disaster. Two people are dead - human Dirk Moeller and Nidu trade negotiator Lars-win-Getag. The Nidu are an alien race inhabiting the worlds surrounding Earth. Known for their tempers and disregard for races and species other than their own, the Nidu make unwel
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I read this after reading John Scalzi's Redshirts. Had I read The Android's Dream first, I would have been slightly disappointed in Redshirts, as it wasn't as funny as The Android's Dream. And it wasn't just funny, either. It had memorable characters, great action sequences, and a plot filled with twists, turns and intergalactic political intrigue.

And to think I almost stopped reading this book in the first chapter when a character kills an alien dignitary with an anal device programme
The Android’s Dream: More like The Fifth Element than Bladerunner
Originally published at Fantasy Literature

The Android’s Dream (2006) is one of John Scalzi’s earlier books, and a stand-alone rather than part of a series, so I couldn’t resist given the obvious Philip K. Dick reference in the title. I decided to go into this one without knowing anything about the plot or reading any reviews at all. I know Scalzi’s humor and style from the OLD MAN’S WAR series, Redshirts and Lock In, and I love the
Executive Summary: I found this book a lot of fun, but utterly ridiculous, even for Mr. Scalzi.

Audiobook: Wil Wheaton does his usual good job at delivering John Scalzi's snark. He reads clearly and with good inflection. He doesn't do voices, but I do feel that audio is definitely a solid option for this book.

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After my last book, I was looking for something light and fun, and John Scalzi always fits that description for me. This is one of the few books by him I haven't read. I picke
3.5 stars

This book is pretty weird yet still coherent with a fun plot.

It starts off with a major diplomatic incident caused by farting—I bet this first chapter was the result of a writing prompt—and then turns into a hunt for sheep.

Then it becomes a cat-and-mouse game that was a lot of fun. There’s also a real church with a fraudulent founding (and a sheep fetish) and a cheap cruise. And some lizard aliens. All this comes together, eventually. It feels like Scalzi wrote a bunch of satirical scen
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, r2016, stars-4-0
Another completely mad plot, totally out there, meant to crash and burn, and yet… and yet… Scalzi pulls it off of course.

For want of a better word, this is a scifi comedy, full of action, fast-paced chases, colourful characters, aliens, jumping shoes, spacecrafts, politics, conspiracies, fart language, sharp dialogue, and sheep, well one particular genetically modified one that is. And if this wasn’t enough, an homage to Philip K Dick. Yes it IS silly but, like Agent to the Stars, this is not a
Kara Babcock
Redshirts wasn't in stock Tuesday, and Kobo's DRM shenanigans made me loath to purchase the ebook despite my shiny new tablet. Fortunately, I had already borrowed The Android's Dream from the library. I try to pace myself between books by the same author, but in this case I suppose I'm making an exception. Not that I mind in John Scalzi's case.

The Android's Dream is what I would call clever but zany SF. It's about the race against time to find a breed of sheep to prevent a diplomatic investment
Wiebke (1book1review)
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I went into this blind, as usual, and really didn't know what was going to happen and it was hilarious. The beginning had me laughing out loud wondering if Scalzi was serious and wondering where the story would go from there. And he managed to keep it going to the end.

The events were funny, captivating and action filled.
There were many characters pulling different strings. I really liked Creek and Robin and their interactions.
I Like how nothing ever seems too serious in Scalzi's novels, no matte
The Flooze
**A little over three stars.**

“Dirk Moeller didn’t know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident. But he was ready to find out.“

My introduction to Scalzi was Agent to the Stars. The curious pairing of a slick Hollywood agent with a gelatinous alien life form made for fascinating, funny reading. It also made me hate the man. You see, Agent to the Stars was written as a "practice book." Scalzi decided to try his hand at writing a novel simply to discover if he could create somethi
Peter Tillman
Harry Creek had the misfortune of being an infantryman in Earth's biggest military defeat of the 21st century. His best friend's brother died in his arms during the retreat. Now Harry's kind of drifting, but he's about to get a short, sharp shock....

Robin Baker runs a small pet shop on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. She's leading a dull-normal suburban life, but she's about to meet Harry, on a truly memorable first date....

Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? inspired the tit
Timothy Boyd
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man John Scalzi can write a damn great SiFi story. Now a lot of writers can do that but what makes him stand out to me is that right in the middle of the action he can make me laugh. no matter how intense the scene somehow he shoots a drop of humor into the story line. Much like Terry Prachett did it with fantasy Mr Scalzi does it with SiFi. You won't be the least bit disappointed reading anything of his you pick up, I haven't. Highly recommended ...more
Nov 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
I always hate it when I don't like a book someone recommends to me, but after a chapter and a half I realized that a) I hadn't found a single character I liked yet, and b) the author and I don't share the same sense of humor at all. So, back to the library with this. ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I always enjoy reading older science fiction because of the insight into the time it was written, as well as the author's vision of the future.  For instance in the Martian Chronicles, men head off to settle on Mars, and only bring women along later; this is not a picture of what the future really will be, but a snapshot of what society in the late 40s was like.

I could tell right away that Android's Dream was newer than that. There are women in background roles -- a handler, a scheduler, a secre
The alien life forms, cultures and worlds Scalzi creates were really well thought out and fascinating (so complex and so believable). The plot was about political intrigue and power games in general, with a large dose of action, AI personalities, iffy science and some well formulated toilet humour. The twists and turns kept me on my toes - newly introduced characters, reactions or facts help shifted the focus of power on a number of ocasions and I was never sure what the ultimate outcome would b ...more
Jammin Jenny
I really enjoy John Scalzi's books, especially when I listen to them narrated by Wil Wheaton. The fact that there is a species trying to make "android's dream" my genetically modifying sheep is intense on its own. But then there is the childhood friend who is dead but who now lives as an AI helping the MC was crazy. And I loved the fight at the end and some of the comical non-sense politics in the book. Great read for John Scalzi or Wil Wheaton fans, or just fans of satirical political sci-fi. ...more
So this might be the worst book by John Scalzi I have read so far. Since he is one of my favorite science fiction writers that does not mean that the book is complete failure, but it's my least favorite from the whole pile.
✗ The humor didn't work for me.
✗ There were some plot elements that really grossed me out. like the origin of The Sheep etc.
✗ While there is constant action i still found myself bored at times, which is a rare occurrence for Scalzi's books.

But The Android's Dream still had al
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Any book where the only significant female character is the damsel in distress, who is snarky enough to be readable but not self-sufficient enough to get past her role in the princess who needs to be saved trope, is going to be a hard sell to me. In fact, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't been on a 5 hour road-trip with no other un-listened to books on my audible account. It really did take 5 hours (half the book) for me to care enough to want to finish.

Listening to
John Boettcher
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story starts off strong, which many of Scalzi's nooks do. That's no a bad mark against it, just stating a fact. The book gets off to a great start and you wonder where it is going to go from there. For those of you who haven't read this one yet, make sure you pay pretty close attention in the first parts of the book, as they will com back later in the story and tie everything together.

Let's see,negatives. There were some points in the book where it doesn't seem like everything matches up. P
This audiobook combines the wonderful writing of John Scalzi with the exceptional narration prowess of Wil Wheaton. The result is a story that drags the listener in from the opening line.

The story is set in the far future when earth is socially and economically involved with many alien races. As the reader would expect Scalzi's world building is first class. He draws us into the complex politics that exist within and between the different races, and let's face it, noone does politics better than
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, read-in-2019
Rating: 3.5 stars

An intergalactic crisis is started when a human diplomat kills his alien counterpart during a sensitive negotiation. Earth is on the brink of war with a vastly alien species and only one thing can save the planet.... a sheep. That's right, a sheep.

The Android's Dream is a scifi political thriller by John Scalzi. If you've read anything else by Scalzi you should have a general idea of what to expect tone-wise for the story. There's a big cast of quirky characters, witty dialogue,
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