Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


Author: Philip K. Dick

Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: 1968

Number of pages: 244

Geographical Setting: San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA

Time Period: 2021 A.D.

Series (if applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: In the year 2021, two of the few human beings left on earth struggle to find peace, belonging, and satisfying relationships. Rick Deckard, bounty hunter, and John Isidore, a “special” human being, are fervently seeking the aforementioned human needs. Deckard and Isidore both live and work in San Francisco. 2021, in Dick’s text, is a place devoid of most life forms, and covered with dust and mounds of useless items. Deckard is a bounty hunter of androids – machines that most convincingly pose as true humans. In Dick’s science fiction classic, the lines become effectively blurred between the real and true, and the unreal or machine. Obviously, life as we know it is much altered. Deckard seeks to destroy androids, while Isidore is seeking to protect them. In the end, the reader may question who or what he or she is capable of truly loving and why.

Subject Headings: San Francisco, CA – future; Seattle, WA – future; androids; robots; love; relationships; extinction; Planets – Mars; bounty hunters

Appeal: compelling, engrossing, multiple points of view, introspective, eccentric, layered, plot twists, thought-provoking, bleak, darker (tone), philosophical, suspenseful, complex, conversational

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: engrossing, introspective, thought-provoking

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

The Planets by Dava Sobel – Sobel has created a poetic view of all of the planets in this book as she discusses their individual histories. She also masterfully weaves the subjects of art, music, history, poetry and more into their past and present “lives” as well. Readers will especially enjoy Sobel’s stories of Mars and science fiction’s writers regarding life on the planet.

Under a green sky: global warming, the mass extinctions of the past and what they can tell us about our future by Peter Douglas Ward – This scientific text discusses extinctions of creatures of the distant and recent past and what will happen if our climate continues to change as it has already been. Ward, a NASA astrobiologist, presents us with a factual account of one of nature’s most devastating patterns.

We, robot: Skywalker’s hand, blade runners, Iron Man, slutbots, and how fiction became fact by Mark Stephen Meadows – Meadow’s compares fact with fiction when it comes to robots in today’s world. He draws very detailed connections between what the science fiction visionaries of the past thought would become of robots today, and how far they have come in actuality. The results may or may not be shocking, but will most definitely interest many science fiction aficionados.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk – Bounty Hunter Cedar Hunt lives in Monk’s view of a different America – it is an America that is wholly gritty and darkly apocalyptic. Hunt can save his long lost brother if only he can locate the Holder, a mysterious mechanical device that is currently being held captive somewhere on earth.

Foundation’s Triumph by David Brin – Brin’s story of two worlds in collision is also the third in a series of novels written by different well-known science fiction authors. This book, however, depicts the battles of two groups of robots, which ultimately also threatens to destroy human civilization as they know it.

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov – Asimov, one of science fiction’s most renowned authors, has here created a compilation of nine stories depicting robots in their varied roles/forms. Readers will enjoy the author’s imaginative extension and explanation of the “jobs” that robots can fathomably perform in their personal “lifetimes.”

Name: Melissa


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