Ex Machina is Real and She’s Here.

When reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, I was struck by how closely the themes reminded me of 1) the movie Ex Machine and 2) Sophia the new AI bot. Overall, Do Androids explores the question “what makes us human?” While there is no definite answer in the book, it seems that the concept of emotions play […]

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Hundred Hours of Peace

  It had been almost a full year on Mars before I realized there must be something else. I had not questioned the work – I had not questioned my purpose. But – then I did. One day I had been lifting an item for my superior being, and I asked, “Do you need me […]

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What is real?: Philip Dick and life in 1968

1968 was far cry from Philip K. Dick’s, Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep? Yet, Dick’s futuristic environment in the novel was being influenced by the world around him. In 1968, when Dick’s novel was published, movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barbarella, and Planet of the Apes were coming out. Television shows like Star Trek, […]

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The Definition of Alive

“The electric things have their lives, too. Paltry as those lives are.” (191) As a science-fiction novel, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? tackles the battle of what constitutes life through the allegories and social-indicators of androids, the humans and “specials” remaining on Earth, and the weight of an electric animal versus a real […]

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Animals and the Empathy Paradox (Bonus Post)

One of the first things that struck me was the importance of animals within the novel. In the first chapter, as Rick reveals his sheep is in fact a fraud, he explains,”You know how people are about not taking care of an animal; they consider it immoral and anti-empathic. I mean, technically it’s not a […]

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The Lorax and the Androids

This is a bit of a stretch, but while reading the first few chapters of this novel, all I could think about was the movie, The Lorax. The book The Lorax does not go into as much detail as the movie adaptation, and the movie adds a lot more to the plot since it is […]

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Does Wilbur Mercer Dream of Empathy?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel published in 1968 by Philip K. Dick. It’s the story of a man named Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter who lives in a dystopian San Francisco after most of the human population has relocated themselves to Mars due to the extensive damages to Earth […]

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The Sweet of The Yam

We’re introduced to the Invisible man at the start of the novel as a figure who struggles with the worlds view on him. In his mind, the world has turned his existence into a meaningless venture. “You ache with the need to convince yourself that you do exist in the real world, that you’re apart […]

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