Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick, written in 1966 and published in 1968. It tells of the moral crisis of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who stalks androids in a fallout-clouded, partially-deserted future San Francisco.

Along with The Man in the High Castle, this novel is Dick’s most famous. It is one of the defining science fiction works exploring the ethical dimensions of the "android" concept, as a literary device understanding concepts of persecution based on narrow distinctions, such as ethnicity.

The novel includes two main characters clearly based on Dick novels that were unsold at the time of its writing. Jack Isidore, the mentally limited narrator of Confessions of a Crap Artist, appears here as J.R. Isidore, while Pris Frauenzimmer, the schizoid lead female character in We Can Build You, appears as the android Pris Stratton.

Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples loosely adapted the novel into the 1982 film Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. For this reason some post-1982 editions of the book have been published as Blade Runner. The computer game Blade Runner is set in the same universe as the movie but incorporates many more elements from the book.

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