July 28, 2017

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick

do androids dream of electric sheepI picked up Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep in a great discount bookshop – picking it up because it rang some bells. Having started reading it I realised it’s the same author as THe Man in the High Castle that I read a few years ago.

It’s also the book that became Blade Runner (a film I’ve never seen, but will now be reading). The forward of the version I read said the first thing one needed to do was forget the film – so I’m glad I haven’t yet seen it!

It’s a lovely little book (under 200 pages). Although it is sci-fi it’s increadibly accessible. In it Dick explores what might happen if we developed androids that were almost impossible to tell from humans, and then had to track down and deal with the ones that went a bit crazy. That’s the obvious story, but there’s also a big exploration of empathy and is that the thing that makes us human?

It’s a great read, and subtly leaves you thinking too.

 

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