"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world."
--John Brunner


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was published in 1968. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time.

By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

Emigrées to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.

Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

"[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from."
--Paul Williams, Rolling Stone
February 26, 1968  |  258 pages
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Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Literature, 30% Entertainment
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Sequel Potential:
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Is the clumsy title what prevents this book from joining Hitchhiker, Dune, and Ender in the upper echelon of sci-fi classics? Or is it a case of movie adaptation bias? Either way is a shame. Dick does something amazing. He throws hints at nuclear war, space colonization, and technologic revolution – concepts that fiction writers have always obsessed over – but he pushes all of that action off-screen and instead tells a small narrative that poses big questions about humanity and reality.  (+4 votes)