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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Author: Philip K. Dick

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Sci-fi

Themes: Artificial Intelligence, Self-awareness, Empathy

Format: Kindle

Finished: August 17, 2017

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I picked this book up because I saw the trailer for Blade Runner: 2048. It looks really good. I haven’t seen the original. I knew it was based on a PKD story, so I wanted to read it before I watch both.

Like other PKD books I’ve read, this book has a regular main plot that I understand (humans struggling against androids), then multiple subplots, some of which I get (electric animals, artificial emotions) and others that I don’t (the Mercer stuff). I’ve spent almost as much time thinking about the book as I did reading it.

One thing that I don’t like about the book is that it posits a destruction of our earth along with the technological progress. Darker stuff and confrontation with crises makes for better stories, I suppose.

I’ll probably read this again in the future as I age. The themes of self-awareness, intelligence, handling emotions, empathy for other people, animals, and things greatly interest me.