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Do androids count electric sheep?

As part of my pop sugar reading challenge the list prescribed suggested a book that was published in the year I was born. So I downloaded a copy of Do Androids count electric sheep? by Philip K Dick. This 1960s novel was one I’d heard of but I chose it because it sounded a bit odd.

It’s actually really appropriate for this blog. The book is set in the future. In a future where there has been a terrible war and a chemical fall out which has virtually wiped out all animal life. The majority of the world population have moved on to live on Mars and there are a few custodians of earth left behind. These unfortunates have become an underclass of sorts who are trapped in the inhospitable planet.

It’s set in 2021, only six years from now. The author was born in 1928 so was forty when it was published.

It made me really think about the way we are treating our world as the book characters covet the chance of owning a real live animal rather than an electric imitation.

Owls are no longer available.

The few animals that still live are all listed in a catalogue but many are out of stock.

Those that are available are very expensive.

It’s tremendous that people decide that when one planet is ruined we can just move to another one too. So often that’s the way. Let’s not clean up our mess!

I suspect that by 2021 we won’t have moved to Mars but I do wonder whether more animals may be history.

Have you read any prophetic books?

Have any books you’ve read given you an idea of the future?

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12 comments on “Do androids count electric sheep?

  1. Roe's Cottage
    February 28, 2015

    This is the book on which ‘Bladerunner’ was based…. I love the film so must try to make time to read the original some time!

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    • lizard100
      February 28, 2015

      Is it really! Ah that makes sense! I’ll need to watch the film then!

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      • Roe's Cottage
        February 28, 2015

        Haven’t you seen it? It’s very good – although its focus is towards the issue of the ‘consciousness’ of artificial life forms. Plus it has a young(ish) Harrison Ford in it… (!)

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      • lizard100
        February 28, 2015

        I’ve almost seen it a few times. I think I’m the wrong age.

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      • Roe's Cottage
        February 28, 2015

        Not sure what to make of that!!! πŸ˜±πŸ‘΅

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      • lizard100
        February 28, 2015

        I was never the right age to be interested in it.

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      • lizard100
        February 28, 2015

        It came out in 1982. I was 14 so probably not interested or allowed to see it. Since then when it came up I didn’t really fancy that type of film.

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      • Roe's Cottage
        February 28, 2015

        Ah, that was a benefit of having much older brothers that watched it the first time it was shown on television… And having si-fi geeks as friends.

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      • lizard100
        February 28, 2015

        I missed out.

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  2. Emma Sarah Tennant
    February 28, 2015

    Being a Star Trek geek I remember Gene Roddenberry saying that humans would never become interstellar until all nations and peoples had found a way to live with each other, because reaching for the stars would require a global effort. It’s a nice thought that our desire to reach out into space could teach us to cooperate better as a species, but given reports in the news the past year I’m doubtful. Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

    Also I love Bladerunner πŸ™‚

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    • lizard100
      February 28, 2015

      It’s an optimism I guess. I’m going to try and watch blade runner now.

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  3. Good Food Everyday
    March 1, 2015

    Interesting πŸ™‚

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