SciFi Book Club – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Manchester Sci-Fi Book Club

Title: SciFi Book Club – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Location: MadLab
Description: Book Club for Science Fiction Fans
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-05-17
End Time: 21:00

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

This month we are reading SciFi classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick. Advocated by Tim Panton.

The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic near future, where the Earth and its populations have been damaged greatly by Nuclear War during World War Terminus. Most types of animals are endangered or extinct due to extreme radiation poisoning from the war. To own an animal is a sign of status, but what is emphasized more is the empathic emotions humans experience towards an animal.

Deckard is faced with “retiring” six escaped Nexus-6 model androids, the latest and most advanced model. Because of this task, the novel explores the issue of what it is to be human. Unlike humans, the androids possess no empathic sense. In essence, Deckard probes the existence of defining qualities that separate humans from androids.

The book’s plot served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner.

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Sci-Fi Books for following months are:

The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem advocate Naomi Jacobs

Snow Crash by Neil Stevenson advocate Simon Carter

Anvil of the Stars by Greg Bear