Read this week – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I read this novel by Phillip K. Dick many years ago but having forgotten much of it, I cracked it open (in the digital sense). A fantastic, fun, read, as it was the first time.
The novel, the basis for the film Blade Runner, on the surface is about a bounty hunter hunting androids but like a lot of Phillip K. Dick’s work, it really delves into issues of reality, humanity, and the manipulation of people. I think being older now I appreciated the story more and some stuff I had completely forgotten about, including the whole bizarre religion aspect which I thought well done though it resembled the world’s most mundane massively multi-player game.
I, too, recently read this novel, and I think it might be my new favorite book.
There’s a truly poetic dreaminess to the book that really matches the sort of subjects it deals with and the sense of humanity Dick feels toward his characters is beautifully rendered. His concepts throughout the book are brilliant–I see echoes of Bradbury, echoes of pulp space opera.
Loved every word of it, and the shorter length is nice, I think. Nobody writes quite like Dick. Love his shorter works–have three anthologies, and they’re all totally brilliant.
Congratulations on your win for Writers of the Future.
Great comments and thanks for the congrats!
Recently picked up Tobias S. Buckell’s Crystal Rain (and the two sequels) and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness. So far Crystal Rain is very, very good. Great worldbuilding, great dialogue.