Book: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Actually they’re more interested in freedom, to be no longer slaves to humans. I don’t think it’s any spoiler to mention that an electric sheep does appear in the book.

This is a classic science fiction story of a dark not-so-distant future.  In fact given that it’s over 40 years old it could be set in some alternate now.  Some disaster has occurred and many have either left earth or died.  Some andriods, or andys have escaped and bounty hunters are after them.

You may not know the book by its correct title, but you may of heard the movie that is based upon it, called Blade Runner.  Like most movies based on books, it takes some of the concepts and ideas of the book but in my opinion is a pale imitation.

I’m glad I read this book. It hasn’t aged that much and it’s very though provoking.  Sci-Fi often uses some alternate reality to put a mirror up to what happens in the real world and this book is no exception.

And a token link to Debian, if you want you own electric sheep you can install the screensaver electricsheep package which draw pretty fractals on your screen.


6 responses to “Book: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

  1. actually wrote a poem in that vein yesterday. it’s on my site. 🙂

  2. I spent a minute trying to remember the original title, believing your title was a reference to a google product.

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    thank you, nice article.

  4. I had a look at your poem, its is indeed about the shepherd rather than the sheep, but probably in the book the shepherd is more important and focal to the story anyway.
    If you’re interested in Billy’s poem, it is at

  5. thanks for posting the link to my poem

  6. I read this when I was 16 and it confused the hell out of me, perhaps as an adult I’ll get more out of it. The Science Fiction Bookclub, which I run, will be reading this in Feb 2012 in London England.
    Any and all are welcome.

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