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Blade Runner: ¿Sueñan los androides con ovejas eléctricas? (Blade Runner #1)

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A principios del siglo XXI(*), la poderosa Tyrell Corporation desarrolló un nuevo tipo de robot llamado Nexus, un ser virtualmente idéntico al hombre y conocido como Replicante. Los Replicantes Nexus-6 eran superiores en fuerza y agilidad, y al menos iguales en inteligencia, a los ingenieros de genética que los crearon. En el espacio exterior, los Replicantes fueron usados ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Edhasa (first published 1968)
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Chris Chang From wiki: "The main Earth religion is Mercerism, in which Empathy Boxes link simultaneous users into a collective consciousness based on the…moreFrom wiki: "The main Earth religion is Mercerism, in which Empathy Boxes link simultaneous users into a collective consciousness based on the suffering of Wilbur Mercer, a man who takes an endless walk up a mountain while stones are thrown at him, the pain of which the users share."

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)
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S.W. Gordon Come on, people! It was a metaphor. Rachel "got his goat." Get it? She acted like a "jealous" mistress who was spurned by her lover and sought revenge…moreCome on, people! It was a metaphor. Rachel "got his goat." Get it? She acted like a "jealous" mistress who was spurned by her lover and sought revenge by killing the thing she perceived that he loved most. This was the equivalent of a jilted ex-girlfriend slashing the tires and keying her old boyfriend's prized vehicle. Androids don't have empathy for other androids and are inherently selfish, therefore I don't think she was particularly upset by the retiring of her friends. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned---even an android woman.(less)

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Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could say that I love Dick, but that would be weird. I do very much enjoy Philip K. Dick's writing and though this is not one of his best, the "Pizza and Sex Rule" applies to him; ie. just as even bad pizza and / or sex is still pretty good, bad PKD is as well. And this is not bad at all.

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
Scott Sheaffer
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I Love Dick. There I've said it. No, not a “Mood Organ” or blood filled skin sack made to facilitate reproduction but Philip K. Dick.

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
Colleen Venable
It takes five full pages for a character to buy a goat and ONE FRIGGIN' SENTENCE for a character to "fall in love". This book was so amazing in the beginning...and then suddenly everything plummeted downhill. It was almost as if Dick got 150 pages in and then said "awwww screw it...uh, sentence, sentence, sentence, THE END!" Why did there need to be any sort of "love" storyline anyway?

Along with being the only geek who made it through puberty without reading Phillip K. Dick books, I also am one
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An android walks into a bar.

"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
Glenn Russell
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favourite Philip K. Dick book, Goodreads' favourite too by the look of it. As you are probably aware the classic sci-fi movie Blade Runner is based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Great as the movie is when I first saw it I was very disappointed as it bears very little resemblance to this book. The filmmakers jettisoned most of what makes this book so special and focused only on the android hunting aspect though at least it does explore the moral issues involved. The movie’s ...more
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Treasure of the Rubbermaids 20: Failing the Voight-Kampff Test

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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Maybe a 2.5? I don't know... Honestly, I don't really know how I feel about this book at all. All I know is that I was underwhelmed.
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.
Michael Finocchiaro
Very interesting story on which the epic film Blade Runner was based. The ideas are certainly original and I'd imagine that Ghost in the Shell was at least partially inspired by the ideas. I just felt the character development was rather shallow and the action somewhat predictable even if I was impatient to push on to see what would happen next. Well, I'll try a few more PKD stories, but perhaps it just isn't my style - sort of inventive like Isaac Asimov but trying to be trashy like Elmore Leon ...more
Jul 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the k. in philip K. dick definitely stands for kicked ass. but not philip kick ass dick. i dont know what that means.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm worried that most people will misunderstand the intelligence behind this book. I have met a few people who have said, "that book? I read that in high school." My response is "did you understand this book in high school?"

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,
"You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity."

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
Don Rea
Since "Blade Runner" has been one of my favorite movies my entire adult life, it's odd I never read this until now. I expected it to be pretty different from the film, but still, it's not like I don't read SF by the metric ton anyway. I think I just never happened across a copy until recently.

If you've read a lot of SF from the 60s and 70s, you'd know this was written in the late 60s by the end of the first chapter. It has the smell of that period all over it - everyone "official" in any way has
Dec 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci fi fans, those interested in bringing down the quality of Bladerunner
Shelves: taught
I've been saying for years that this book is boring. But it's more than that, it's not excusable in the way that a purely boring book can be. Instead, it's a tremendous idea told badly.

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
Dirk Grobbelaar
“This is insane.”
“This is necessary.”

Another classic that has taken me much too long to get around to.
And what a shame, since this is a really good book.

Is it true, Mr. Deckard, that you’re a bounty hunter?”

I won’t go into a lot of detail regarding the differences between the Blade Runner film and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, although there are some fundamental deviations, especially as far as the conclusion of the story is concerned. I will say this: the novel explains the empathy test
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

This is the book Blade Runner was based on. Which is why I decided to read it. You might think this was a bad idea on my part. You might be right.

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
Henry Avila
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Deckard, is a bounty hunter for the San Francisco police, the year 2021 ( January 3rd). His mission is to "retire" six androids, who fled bleak Mars, and illegally came to Earth. World War Terminus, has depopulated our world, radioactive fallout, "dust", continues coming down and slowly killing the survivors, who have moved to the cities. Making many of the people still living, chickenheads, excuse me, special. Animal are virtually extinct, electronic duplicates are in great demand, real on ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Blade Runner—and so it is with pleasure, and a sense of completion, that I am now able to state (almost) the same for its source material. The parenthesized qualifier admits to the differing status of the two: whereas BR is an absolute classic, one that declared itself boldly, influencing the design and feel and look of all subsequent dystopian cinematic fare, a movie cast to perfection and narrowing its gaze to the more umbrageous and feral of Dick's thematic threads, the book casts a wi ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
Have you ever wondered how we are living in a world where people are becoming more and more mechanical while machines are being turned into more and more human like? I mean look at it, on one hand we have people to whom, mobiles have become as important for lungs. They can’t imagine their lives without them – they set alarms on mobiles to determine when to wake wake up, they carry the thing in their poackets (in their hands at times when it is one of those large smart phones and their pockets ar ...more
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Nothing like Blade Runner, but both are brilliant
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner was arguably the most brilliant, though-provoking, and intelligent SF film ever made, with a uniquely dark vision of a deteriorated future Earth society and a morally ambiguous tale of a bounty hunter Rick Deckard hunting down and ‘retiring’ a series of very intelligent Nexus-6 type replicants (androids) that want very much to live. Th
'Everything is true,' he said. 'Everything anybody has ever thought.'
'Will you be all right?'
'I'll be all right,' he said, and thought, And I'm going to die. Both those are true, too.

My first read book of 2017, and definitely a new favorite of mine.

I've been meaning to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for a really long period of time, and I'm so happy that I finally managed to read it, because it exceeded my every single expectation. What more can I say, except that this is one of thos
“Life which we can no longer distinguish; life carefully buried up to its forehead in the carcass of a dead world.”
― Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


Top shelf Philip K Dick exploring a tangled web of heavy themes like: what it means to be human, the nature and limits of empathy, love, religion, God, entropy, animals, decay. I had mistakenly put off this novel because HELL I already saw the movie. How can you improve upon THAT movie? Well, the book is better. A cliché, certai
Olivier Delaye
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seldom happens that a movie proves to be better than the book from which it was adapted, but in this case one can hardly deny that Ridley Scott's Blade Runner one-upped Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep big time. Now don't get me wrong, Philip K. Dick's book is a very good read and everything, but compared to the movie, I can't help but think that it sorely lacks the gravitas, grandiosity and otherworldly atmosphere Ridley Scott conjured up on screen. To say nothing of the plot and characte ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insane, ingenious and heartbreaking. Once again I am in awe of this writer. And it's amazing to me to discover just how much science fiction and philosophy really have in common. Because in this book as well as others of a similar kind the questions of our existence are raised. And in that sense even religion comes in play. The more I read on these topics the harder it becomes for me to distinguish the line that separates them. But then I guess that's to be expected. After all they are all man m ...more
"I thought as much, sir, when you mentioned rabbits. The thing about rabbits, sir, is that everybody has one. I'd like to see you step up to the goat-class where I feel you belong. Frankly you look more like a goat man to me." (p133)

This is a book set in the far distant future of 2020. Colonies have been established on distant plants, regular space traffic is a matter of fact, as are robots that look identical to humans - even when violently blown apart, at the same time the idea that women migh
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For Classics, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic fans.
Have you seen Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s superb ’82 Sci-Fi film? The paperback copy of Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep includes the line, “The inspiration for Blade Runner”. Even though it’s been a long time since I watched the movie, I would agree with the term: inspiration. The bones of the book are in the movie, but it’s only a part of what this book says. And at a page count of just under 250, it is deceivingly image packed tale.

Of Philip K. Dick’s books, “Android’s” is probably his m
Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
In Which the Emphasis is on Androids Who Grasp the Twin Handles of Empathy

"Deus sive substantia sive natura": Spinoza

Just as in the animal kingdom there is a continuum between humans and animals, there is a continuum in this novel that incorporates humans, androids and electric animals, the main difference being that the latter two are artificial or human constructs.

Here, the androids are organic and sentient. They are not purely electrical or mechanical robots infused with artificial intel
Nickolas the Kid
Σε ένα δυστοπικό μέλλον, η γη έχει καλυφθεί από ένα στρώμα σκόνης το οποίο έχει εξοντώσει σχεδόν το μεγαλύτερο ποσοστό των ζώων και έχει επιφέρει ένα μόνιμο σκοτάδι στον πλανήτη. Στην ανάγκη του για επιβίωση ο άνθρωπος μετοίκισε σε κοντινούς πλανήτες όπως ο Άρης αφήνοντας πίσω μια παρακμασμένη κοινωνία. Μέσα σε αυτή την κοινωνία της παρακμής και του σκοταδιού εκτυλίσσεται η αριστουργηματική ιστορία του Ηλεκτρικού Προβάτου…

Ο Ρικ Ντέκαρντ είναι ο αντι-ήρωας του βιβλίου. Ένας αστυνομικός ο οποίος
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for science fiction with an edge
I've seen "BladeRunner" so many times I could puke and watch it again (hell, I even wrote a 15 page critical analysis of it as a neo noir film). And it's an amazing, beautiful film.

I read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" when I was a junior in highschool, after having grown up with "BladeRunner." And it was fabulous.

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and "BladeRunner" are not the same thing. At all. Which is conceptually really, really intriguing. And I love that about the two.

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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“You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.” 512 likes
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