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Unformatted text preview: The main part of the plot (and the “android” part of the title) deals with a race of manufactured humanoids called replicants, who serve “real” humans as slaves on the planet Mars. Some replicantsreject their fate of servitude and flee back to Earth, despite its poisoned environments. Rick Deckard, as a bounty hunter, finds himself charged with the task of retiring a group of armed and possibly dangerous androids who escaped from Mars. The movie places the emphasis on this plot thread above all others, while the novel shifts focus between this and other aspects of the story. One interestingly prescient facet of the novel is the Penfield Mood Organ, which Deckard and his wife use to alter their emotions at their convenience. This seems to parallel modern mood-altering prescriptions, such as Prozac and Xanax, though I’m not sure whether these were already present when Dick began writing the novel or not....
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- Fall '04
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner, Philip K Dick, protagonist Rick Deckard, relatively well-known novel