Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Sunday, 17 October 2010

"Do Androids dream of electric sheep?" by Philip K. Dick (Millennium, 1999)

  • "One of the most original practitioners writing and kind of fiction, Philip K. Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem naval-gazers in a cul-de-sac" (Sunday Times)
  • Bending, he kissed her bare shoulder.
    "Thanks, Rick," she said wanly. "Remember, though; don't think about it, just do it. Don't pause and be philosophical, because from a philosophical point it's dreary. For us both."
  • "If I set the mood organ to a 670 setting?"
  • "Is the sky painted?" Isidore asked. "Are there really brushstrokes that show up under magnification?"
    "Yes," Mercer said.
    "I can't see them."
    "You're too close"

In a world where animals are becoming extinct (owls went first) and humans are suffering, androids who pretend to be human are hunted down and animals prized. At the end a wife phones to get accessories for an electric toad that her husband (an android-killer) found, thinking it was real.

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