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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip Kindred Dick the American author of many science fiction novels has written this ever-green novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The film became opted for film and theatre. Dick’s friend Kevin Wayne Jeter officially wrote its sequels, continuing the story of Rick Deckard (hero of Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep).

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Author: Philip K. Dick

Genre: Science Fiction

Page Count: 240

Good reads rating: 4.08 of 5

My Ratings: 8.4 of 10

Published: 1968 (original publication)

Publisher: Del Rey (May 28, 1996)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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The story setting takes place in future earth which almost ruined after a universal war polluted the earth’s atmosphere and habitat with radioactive materials and gasses. It leaves no chance of survival for living beings. Almost every animal species have gone extinct. Under these circumstances and to control and preserve the endangered species from becoming extinct, the United Nations urges the human population to move to different planets and form new colonies. The author set the story in a future where the technology advanced and humanised robots became known as Androids. They looked similar to human beings and only differentiated through the use of bone marrow biopsies.

They prohibit these Androids to colonise Earth. Human Police Department kills or in-actives androids which dare to rebel. Humans experience prohibitions as well. They forced genetically unstable and mentally ill persons to stay within the rules. They do not allow these people to leave earth and become exposed to the earth’s radioactive killer environment. In this technological system, people remain status-conscious. It bases the level of their status on the ownership of authentic animals and not the electric ones.

The protagonist of this story is Rick Deckard, who is a human bounty killer and tasked to kill (in-activating) the six exceedingly brainy and smart Nexus-6 Androids. They escaped to Earth. To identify the robots from humans he visits the headquarters of Rosen Associations (a company that manufactures androids) to get the Voigt-Kampff test which identifies androids from humans.

The story experiences a series of adventures with many twists, expressions, actions and combats ending with Deckard managing to retire all the androids completing his mission. Deckard takes off for some time by isolating himself in a place of Oregon.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

The author offered a thought-provoking storyline and used the science fiction genre to attract the reader’s attention. I give this novel a rating of 8.4 out of 10 because of the inherent storyline it presents. Would I re-read the novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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