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Daniel Pearson Ms. Shackelford Journal Entry Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? In this relatively well-known novel of his (later adapted into the Harrison Ford vehicle Blade Runner ), author Philip K Dick explores the human need for real interaction and how often we try to quench those desires with artificial substitutes in modern society, to varying degrees of success. Dick sets his tale in a dystopian future San Francisco, in a world where toxic radioactive dust has exterminated nearly all animal life on Earth. Throughout the novel, protagonist Rick Deckard and other characters attempt to make up for this loss by purchasing robotic pets (hence, the “electric sheep” of the title). However, this sprawling narrative includes discussion of many other themes; while Dick may not focus his attention enough on each one to address them as effectively as possible, it certainly makes for a thought-provoking read, often the mark of a successful science-fiction novel.
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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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