Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
That’s what I said when I finished “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
Literally. And out loud. All alone.
I’m still thinking about the book, so that’s a good thing. The story was weird, but I enjoyed it anyway. I like that it’s making me think. The only problem is I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to feel. I know there’s a point…I’m just not sure I get it.
Most have evacuated Earth, fled to colonies on Mars to escape the fallout from nuclear war. Advanced androids help Earthlings transition to their new homes. Some androids don’t like their roles, so they sneak back to Earth and hide among the humans that remain. Police Bounty Hunters are tasked with hunting down those renegade androids and “retiring” them–with a well placed laser blast to the head. The only way to distinguish between an actual human and an android is to administer an empathy test, since empathy is the one emotion androids can’t mimic.
The only problem? Those androids sure seemed capable of empathy to me…and our hero bounty hunter agrees. And the conflict begins.
So, that’s the book. It’s a story about the sanctity of life. Animals are alive. Humans are alive. Androids? So who gets to be the judge?
I enjoyed that it made me think. The story was weird. I’m glad to have checked it off my list.