Sci-fi books are fascinating works of literature because they really push the boundries of amazing and dream-like technology. Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one novel that uses technology to make a point much as George Orwell’s 1984 does.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Summary
Rich Deckard is a bounty hunter in a post apocalyptic San Francisco for the police department. He “retires” androids that impersonate humans on Earth. Language plays a big role in this book and Dick does a great job of showcasing how human beings cope with certain things such as killing just by rephrasing it to retiring. Rick is assigned to identify and retire six androids that have escaped to Earth before they kill him.
In this world that Dick has created, we see a lot of his world views come to light. I won’t spoil any because I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them and discussing them afterwards. You will definitely have a lot to think about when reading this novel. The androids are hard to identify because they are created to be as human as possible and even we have trouble determining who is human at times. And we also have to wonder what makes us human because that line is blurry in the book.
In later versions of the book, the title Blade Runner was added and it appears on some editions so don’t let that confuse you. The popularity of the movie lead to the book adding that name. I do think they should have kept the original name for the movie because of how unique it is but Hollywood does its own things to sell.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone because it is great writing disguised as a sci-fi novel. The genre isn’t appealing to a lot of people but that is the book’s strength. It uses everything to make a point instead of just creating a tech-savvy world.