Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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Jan'08 Update - picked as the New Year ipswich Splinter Group choice, so i'm reading, but will probably not be able to get to the meeting :(
The whole premise of the story is familar if you know the film Blade Runner, but the detail and especially the ending are very different.
Police bounty hunter Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford!) kills – or ‘retires’ – rogue androids for a living. However, he begins to get mixed emotions when he is attracted to Rachael Rosen, a demo model from the sinister Rosen Association, and becomes empathetic towards the Android's plight; not that he thinks they are alive in a biological sense, but that they deserve to exist. There are some interesting philosphical sidelines about life in a post-nuclear war society; the desire to own a real animal; the religious fervour attached to messiah called Mercer and an all-pervasive TV culture (natch); and the treatment of an underclass of radiation-retarded ‘chickenheads’ and ‘antheads’ – euphemistically called specials.
The SF pot-pouri is further spiced with a machine (the mood organ) that lets you ‘dial’ a number to experience any emotion...cool, that drug will be a big hit in 13 years time!
From the blurb, ‘A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet’.
I don’t know what this means, but it sounds good!
Last, and probably least; my word-of-the-day, ‘kipple’...you’re going to have to read the book for a definition ;)
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Leaving with the other books in the Cafe...not a BookCrossing shelf, but there's always room in the market to share books ;)
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