Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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16 Critic Reviews

Apart from the die-hards, I'd recommend this novel to anyone who likes to read a book for more than just entertainment. In a way, Do Androids… is actually very philosophic. Now, that is something unusual for a sci-fi novel!
-Guardian

Synopsis

"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world."
--John Brunner

THE INSPIRATION FOR BLADERUNNER. . .

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was published in 1968. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time.

By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

Emigrées to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.

Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

"[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from."
--Paul Williams, Rolling Stone
 

About Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. 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. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
 
Published February 26, 2008 by Ballantine Books. 258 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Romance, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Theo WolfTiger on Apr 07 2015

Apart from the die-hards, I'd recommend this novel to anyone who likes to read a book for more than just entertainment. In a way, Do Androids… is actually very philosophic. Now, that is something unusual for a sci-fi novel!

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben East on Apr 28 2012

The nightmarish chapter in the android police station, where Deckard's character is thrown into doubt, is pure Hitchcock – and as such it's a surprise it never made it into the film.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Josef Hernandez on Jan 19 2014

One of the reasons why this novel is a classic of science fiction is that it explores universal themes in an original way...When it comes to making the reader reflect on the themes of the story and reflect on those themes in relation to real life, the novel is a great success.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Natalie Moran on Nov 30 2012

The novel is bleak at times and Philip K. Dick has a way of speaking so plainly that the reader is deeply affected by the discontent of the few people still left behind in a world getting less hospitable by the second. This is a truly touching story of humanity, and everything but your average robot thriller.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by Alli on Feb 01 2012

It is mainly a book about empathy, and survival and what constitutes a life. Androids in this book are almost indistinguishable from humans, and physically can only be detected post mortem with bone marrow tests...All in all a pretty good read. I don't read much science fiction, but this book made me want to possibly reconsider that.

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SFFWorld.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Lee on Jan 03 2006

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is perhaps one of the most compelling arguments for empathy and caprice over logic and all its accompanying dictates...In the end, Do Androids Dream is more a story about what it means to deny that which truly makes us human.

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SF Signal

Good
Reviewed by John DeNardo on Jul 14 2003

In usual Phillip K. Dick style, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is riddled with wonderings of what is reality. But it is craftily done so that you want to keep reading – even if it means pulling yourself through the occasional page or two of psychedelic meanderings that are, unfortunately, also part of Dick’s style.

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Fantasy Literature

Good
Reviewed by JESSE HUDSON on Aug 29 2014

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is recommended for anyone who enjoys literature which poses profound questions about the nature of life and of being alive. Though simplistic on the surface, the direct manner in which Dick tells his story will give anyone a moment to ponder.

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Fiction Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Graham Connor on Dec 29 2015

Dick does expose us to our own inhumanities and compares them to the androids', but throughout the novel there is also a familiar low-key aspect - life goes on and is always going to, despite our fallibility. If you haven't tried Dick's novels, I urge you to. This would be an excellent starting place.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Silencewillfall on Aug 29 2015

Those approaching the book expecting a print version of the film will be disappointed...The ending to his struggles with the androids is anticlimactic, but this doesn't weaken the full effect of the book. Contemplative and clever, it continues to be a masterpiece of futuristic science fiction.

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EzineArticles

Above average
Reviewed by Ben H Wright on Oct 04 2010

Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a complex novel that could be considered postmodernist. To a varying extent, it raises the issue of gender, its structure inevitably exerting a considerable influence over how this theme is conveyed.

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Brothers Judd

Good
Reviewed by brothersjudd on Dec 21 1999

This is my favorite of Philip K. Dick's novels. It deals imaginatively with the big themes that are central to speculative fiction, especially what is it that makes us human. And, unlike some of his other books, he maintains the momentum of the basic story line throughout and keeps everything reasonably coherent.

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SF Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Antony Jones. on Oct 15 2010

Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep is a work of literary genius that can be enjoyed on many levels from a simple psychological thriller to a social commentary about the human condition. A thought provoking journey through a rich and fascinating dystopian landscape, completely original and utterly compelling.

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Booking in Heels

Below average
Reviewed by Hanna W on Jun 18 2013

This is a little dry and a little too depressing for me. I liked it and parts of it are very clever, especially the detail that has gone into the world creation, but it just didn't hold my interest as well as it could have.

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Nyx Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by CelineNyx on Nov 06 2015

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a book that makes you think, something all good science-fiction does. I would love to reread this book with my academic-reader hat on, because there is still so much to discover.

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A Novel Approach

Above average
Reviewed by Gen Y on Mar 28 2008

While the world itself is not perfectly realised, the jargon he creates flows seamlessly. Much of the setting, though, is left untouched, allowing the reader to make up their own mind about the appearance of the world...While Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is not bad...the questions it raises are, by now, pretty stock-standard.

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