Book Review: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

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In the run up to Christmas 2014 the BBC screened a 4 part series on the history of Science Fiction (Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction) detailing what has shaped and defined it as a visual medium. During one programme while talking about Robots they spoke about the film Blade Runner, and therefore, traced the iconic film’s lineage back to the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?; a book I’d never heard of but a title which instantly grabbed me. A title which has been stuck in my head ever since.

I have to be honest though and say as it’s been a few months since Christmas, while I remembered the title, I’d forgotten it’s follow up into Blade Runner, and so, when I started to read the novel I’d completely wiped the connection and thus, where it was going or what it was really about. I came to it essentially blind, and if I’m truly honest, thinking it was going to be looking more at the psychological comparison of robot to human, and what it means to be “alive”. Hinted at by its cleverly ponderous title. Read more