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Page 1of 72At a Glance Bounty hunter Rick Deckard lives in a post-apocalyptic version of San Francisco. The year is 2021, and the world has been ravaged by World War Terminus. Fallout has decimated the animal population. One's social status is now determined based on how many animals one owns. Everyone who can afford to leave the ruined Earth has moved to Mars. Deckard and his wife are left behind to dream of owning an animal of their own. He catches a break when six Nexus-6 androids escape Mars to hide out in San Francisco. Nexus-6 androids are top of the line, designed to look like humans. Nevertheless, Deckard identifies the first three Nexus-6 androids with help from another android, Rachael. The bounty from these kills earns him enough money to buy a goat. The final three androids hide out with a man named Isidore, who has suffered radiation damage from the fallout. Deckard finds and "retires" (kills) the androids. He returns home to find that Rachael has killed his goat. SUMMARY: -sheep/summary/ Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick is the novel on which the Blade Runnerfilm of 1982 is originally based. The novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic future (originally 1992, changed to 2021 in later editions) brought on by “World War Terminus.” Nuclear fallout has caused radioactive dust to descend over Earth’s atmosphere, and many humans have been relocated to colonies on other planets at the active encouragement of the government. The government compensates these colonists with free personal androids, which look identical to humans, but are meant to behave as servants. Due to radioactivity, many species on earth have died out, and animal life in particular becomes an extremely valuable commodity and status symbol. Only the upper classes can afford real animals, but the cultural significance of “empathy” toward life means that even poorer people participate by keeping realistic-looking electronic animals. The novel’s protagonist is a bounty hunter by the name of Rick Deckard who takes a job working with the San Francisco police department in order to “retire” six rogue androids who escaped from Mars to Earth. His primary motivation in taking the job is to earn enough money in order to afford a real animal, instead of the electronic black sheep he and his wife currently have. Deckard suggests that by owning a real animal, humans are able to express empathy, which is the one emotion which cannot be replicated by androids. In order to learn about the type of androids he is seeking, he visits the facility where they are produced, the Rosen Association. There he meets Rachel Rosen, and administers the Voigt-Kampff test which is designed to separate humans from androids with a series of questions designed to evoke empathetic responses.