Item description for Blade Runner: Suenan los Androides con Ovejas Electricas? (Pocket Edhasa; 8) by Philip K. Dick...
A principios del siglo XXI, la poderosa Tyrell Corporation desarroll un nuevo tipo de robot llamado Nexus, un ser virtualmente idntico al hombre y conocido como Replicante. Los Replicantes Nexus-6 eran superiores en fuerza y agilidad, y al menos iguales en inteligencia, a los ingenieros de gentica que los crearon. En el espacio exterior, los Replicantes fueron usados como trabajadores esclavos en la arriesgada exploracin y colonizacin de otros planetas. Despus de la sangrienta rebelin de un equipo de combate de Nexus-6 en una colonia sideral, los Replicantes fueron declarados proscritos en la Tierra bajo pena de muerte. Brigadas de policas especiales, tenan rdenes de tirar a matar al ver a cualquier Replicante invasor.
This novel hooks the reader to such extent that he comes the point of doubting whether what he's reading is really happening or it's only a part of Dick's pseudo-reality. In this way, the androids of Do Android Dream on Electric sheeps? In Blade Runner called replicants.
Outline Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a book that most people think they remember and almost always get more or less wrong. Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner took a lot from it, and threw a lot away. Wonderful in itself, the film is a flash thriller, whereas Dick's novel is a sober meditation. As we all know, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is stalking a group of androids who have returned from space with short life spans and murder on their minds--where Scott's Deckard was Harrison Ford, Dick's is a financially strapped municipal employee with bills to pay and a depressed wife. In a world where most animals have died, and pet keeping is a social duty, he can only afford a robot imitation, unless he gets a big financial break.
The genetically warped "chickenhead" John Isidore has visions of a tomb-world where entropy has finally won. And everyone plugs in to the spiritual agony of Mercer, whose sufferings for the sins of humanity are broadcast several times a day. Prefiguring the religious obsessions of Dick's last novels, this book asks dark questions about identity and altruism. After all, is it right to kill the killers just because Mercer says so? --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2005
ISBN 8435015955 ISBN13 9788435015950
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More About Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick's stories have been adapted often for the screen, including the classic film, Blade Runner. Prior to his death in 1982, Dick lived in California.
Philip K. Dick lived in Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Philip K. Dick was born in 1928 and died in 1982.
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Better than the movie, at least Aug 8, 2008
I finally saw the movie Blade Runner - The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition) a couple of weeks ago, and shortly after that I ran across the book in the library and read it. The similarities between them are so slight that I wonder whether it is fair for them to share a title (actually I guess they didn't, originally).
I was struck by two of the major elements in the book that are not even hinted at in the movie: the fact that the earth has been through a cataclysmic war that has wiped out a lot of natural life, and the religion of Mercerism. The movie's lack of these core elements leaves it seeming hollow and pointless.
In the book, people are divided into "regulars" and "specials." "Regular" people are eligible to leave earth to become colonists on Mars or other (never named) planets. "Special" people are either too unintelligent to be considered worth shipping to another planet, or they have been affected by radiation to such a degree that they cannot reproduce healthy children, so they are not desirable colonists either. ("Regular" men wear uncomfortable lead-lined "codpieces" to protect their sperm factories from radiation.)
The role of Mercerism is never fully explained, but you get the impression that it helps most people, regular and special, to hold themselves together by mutual interdependence on what seems like a desolate wreck of a planet. The movie really misses the boat by omitting this pervasive part of the fabric of the story.
This book isn't what I consider one of the great works of science fiction, but like lots of good sci fi, it does get you thinking about some potentially knotty ethical issues. I think clones are a more hot-button issue these days than androids, but I suppose that both looked about equally distant and threatening in the 1960's.
So much more than "Blade Runner"! Feb 24, 2008
This is NOT the movie. It is bigger, deeper, more meaningful and philosophical -- one of Philip K. Dick's best books ever. (It has been explained to me that the primary significance of the movie "Blade Runner" was that it presented a fully imagined future.) I wish I could get this book with the original title, so much more revealing of the core -- "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" (I owned it years ago, and wore it out -- wish I had bought extra copies then!)
My Second Experience With Philip K. Dick Dec 10, 2007
I bought this book because I am planning on buying the completely massive and awesome collection of Blade Runner movies. I saw this at the bookstore for $5 (This exact edition) and so I bought it and read it in two days, finishing it yesterday.
As an introduction to the world of the movie (Which I haven't seen yet) it is simply awesome and astounding. The world of the book is so expertly crafted with what really amoutns to a small amount of description and detail. The characters and story are well thought out, and it fits the form that I have come to expect from Philip K. Dick even though I've only read this and The Man in the High Castle-no real ending, just an odd one.
The book is really just truly brilliant, and even after only one read-through I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite books ever. Also, it is much easier to read than some of his other books. I struggled through The Man in the High Castle for awhile until I got used to it and then I kind of got it and understood it and kept going, but this was one that I could just pick up and read an it's just awesome.
I highly recommend it to anyone interested in science fiction at all, as it is a true classic as well as one of the few Philip K. Dick books still available fairly widely.
Just as fun reading as it is to watch the movie Jun 30, 2007
When I saw Blade Runner for the first time I realized that I had just seen something that was original, smart and that related to me in many, many ways.
I found out that it was loosely based on the book, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and decided that if the movie is as good as it is and it's a condensed version of the story in the book, than the book should be just as good, if not better.
I ordered it from this site and started reading. I was only a few pages in when I realized just how "loosely" the movie was based on the book. The book was an entirely different experience.
This book is filled with compelling drama, deception, sci-fi, and 1940's crime-noir style storytelling (complete with the classic femme-fatal) and it does not dissapoint.
Sure, you already paid to see the movie, and you might be thinking, "Why would I pay to read the same story?" You aren't. You will be pleased with this book emensely - it's a completely different story.
thought provoking but less than great prose Jun 18, 2007
Androids takes place in a not-so-distant future where a world war has spread a cloud of radioactive dust across the globe, many forms of animal species are extinct, many of the survivors have emigrated to colonies on Mars and the remaining humans are encouraged to emigrate, except for those who have been tested and classified as "specials" meaning the ones with diminished mental abilities because they have been affected severely from radiation. Emigrants are given androids, very sophisticated robots, as slaves. As the technology gets better, newly manufactured androids become more and more human-like, both in appearance and behavior, to the point that they are very hard to distinguish. Discontented androids sometimes kill their masters and find ways to smuggle themselves to earth, in hopes for a better life. In the post-world war earth, life is regarded so precious that owning and caring for an animal is both considered a highly moral life and a status symbol. Because real animals are so rare, many people have fake, very sophisticated and real-like electronic animals that they care for and hide from their neighbors the fact that their animal is fake. On the one hand there are bounty hunters who catch and kill androids, human robots which dreamt of a better life, evidently with some feelings. And on the other hand there is the value which people place upon animal robots. On the one hand there are intelligent, sophisticated androids like the one who made a successful carrier on earth as an opera singer; on the other hand there are hunters who emotionlessly kill her without regard to her artistic talent, or there are simple-minded specials. Throughout the plot, readers are given a lot to think about questions like what is life, what is empathy, where do you draw a line between the value of real and artificial life? It is a philosophical novel and the author puts all these questions before us with brilliant comparisons between characters. The only negative feeling that one might get is the unusual, somewhat simple prose style but overall, a very good, thought provoking novel.