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It Was January , And Rick Deckard Had A License To KillSomewhere Among The Hordes Of Humans Out There, Lurked Several Rogue Androids Deckard S Assignment Find Them And Then Retire Them Trouble Was, The Androids All Looked Exactly Like Humans, And They Didn T Want To Be Found ,. 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 Ford and Rutger Hauer, but the movie diverged from Phillip K Dick s literature early on The book is far bleak than the film, if you can believe that, and much intricate and complicated Blade Runner benefits from a simplified storyline The author was far ahead of his time both in the complexity of his story and the perspective from which he writes There are elements of Brave New World, I, Robot, and Dune but the author has a unique voice and the story is an original It is not an excellent work, as there are gaps and inconsistencies and many loose ends that are never tied in, but the concept and provocation are superb.One element of the book that was completely left out of the film was a sub plot involving a Christ like messiah and a faith system based upon what could have been a hoax First published in 1968, this was one of his theological based novels, and a trend that would continue steadily becoming frequent and invasive until the end of his writing.A MUST read for PKD fans as well as SF F fans period. 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 beginningand then suddenly everything plummeted downhill It was almost as if Dick got 150 pages in and then said awwww screw ituh, 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 of the few who has never seen Blade Runner I m a little scared to now.I was so convinced I was going to give this one 5 stars while I read the first 100 pages It felt truly original, hauntingly believable, and seemed gearing up for some big revelation Man, did this one disappoint Dear Mr Dick, Thank you for the lovely short storybut what was with all of those extra pages glued in after 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 the most bizarre reading experiences anyone could possibly encounter Rather than attempting to comment on plot or the sequence of events too wild to synopsize , here are ten ingredients the one and only PKD mixes together in his outlandish science fictional stew Rick Deckard the novel s main character, a bounty hunter on the city police force assigned to track down and destroy human like androids that have emigrated illegally from Mars The year 2021, the place San Francisco in the aftermath of nuclear war, deadly dust everywhere, many species wiped out The government says androids must remain on Mars and continue doing all the dirty work for humans who have migrated to the red planet Darn The problem is androids, especially the most recently improved version with their new Nexus 6 brain unit, have been given way too much intelligence Voigt Kampff Empathy Test Fortunately, bounty hunters can administer a test to determine who is human and who is android The central dilemma with androids without the very human capacity to feel compassion for others, an android is nothing than a solitary predator, a cold killer capable of murdering humans left and right to eventually take over A true stroke of PKD irony since there are a number of instances where androids appear to have deep feelings and empathy for each other and even humans Meanwhile, the human bounty hunters are expected to eliminate or retire androids with no feelings than if they were disassembling a vacuum cleaner This philosophical conundrum emerges repeatedly throughout the novel John Isidore Since he scored low on his IQ test, labeled a special and chickenhead, Isidore can t emigrate to Mars He lives alone in an empty, decaying apartment building on the outskirts of the city and drives a truck for an animal rescue company When at home Isadore watches hawkers and comedians on his TV when he s not grabbing the handles of his black empathy box that enables him to fuse his feeling with all of life, a major tenet of the new religion of Mercerism, founded by that superior being, Wilbur Mercer Such belief and behavior leads to yet another area of PKD style philosophic inquiry However, by the end of the novel it becomes clear anyone, human or android, should think twice before putting their life in the hands of a chickenhead.Buster Friendly Leading TV personality and all around funny guy who makes announcements and pronouncements on what s real and what s fake on topics near and dear to the hearts of the remaining survivors Topics can range from the latest reports on nuclear fallout to his biggest rival, Wibur Mercer Mood Organ In this futuristic world, there s no need for drugs and for good reason men and women like Rick Deckard and his wife have a mood organ where they can simply set the dial for a stimulant or a tranquilizer, a hit of venom to better win an argument or even set the dial for a state of ecstatic sexual bliss Obviously there s some upside here 2021 isn t that far away Lets hope inventors are hard at work as you read these words Rachael Rosen Beautiful daughter of Eldon Rosen, founder of a major manufacturer of androids But wait Is Rachael a real human or could she turn out to be one of those very intelligent Nexus 6 androids Time for Rick Deckard to take out his equipment and give Rachael the Voigt Kampff Empathy Test Either way, Rachael infuses serious energy into the story One of my favorite lines is when Rick Deckard asks himself after a phone call with Rachael What kind of world is it when an android phones up a bounty hunter and offers him assistance Happy Dog Pet Shop One of the largest pet shops in the Bay Area, they currently have an ostrich in their display window, the bird recently arrived from the Cleveland zoo What a prize Rick Deckard is hooked he stops and stares at the ostrich as he walks to work and later places a call to check on their asking price Whoa The price is outrageous Rick knows he would have to eliminate an entire string of androids just for the down payment But, my goodness to own one s very own ostrich Kipple As John Isidore states as a matter of fact Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday s homeopape When nobody s around, kipple reproduces itself For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there s twice as much of it It always gets and Sounds as ridiculous as the medieval idea of spontaneous generation Perhaps we should take into account that John Isidore is, after all, a chickenhead Luba Luft On the list of androids, Luba is currently a leading opera singer for the lead company in San Francisco Come on, Rick Deckard, do you really want to eliminate someone or something that is making such a formidable contributing to the arts PKD has Rick and a fellow bounty hunter discuss this very question as they follow orders from their higher ups Real and Electric Animals Creatures of all stripes and varieties add much color to the story In addition to the above mentioned ostrich, there s a horse, a sheep, cat, goat, spider, donkey, crow and toad Some are real, others electric A PKD book worth reading to discover the truth down to the last four legged wiggly Damn her he said to himself What good does it do my risking my life She doesn t care whether we own an ostrich or not Nothing penetrates Do Androids Dream of Electric SheepPhilip K Dick, American Science Fiction author 1928 1982