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Questions tagged [do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep]

For questions about Philip K. Dick's novel. For the film adaptation, use the [blade-runner] tag.

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How can the androids have important jobs, Garland, Luft?

I don't remember how long Phillip K. Dick wrote the Nexus-6 androids had been on Earth but I recall they had only recently arrived. That being the case, how can they have important jobs like Inspector ...
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How did the androids manage to disrupt communication with the real police station?

While Rick was interrogating Luba Luft, she manages to call the fake police station and summon a cop who then let Rick use the phone too. He manages to reach the real police station and even talk with ...
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In Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep, why does Deckard need to apply the Voight-Kampf test at all?

I've seen Blade Runner many times but I'm currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep for the first time and I find myself wondering something I've never considered before: Why does Deckard ...
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Why weren't bounty hunters provided with pictures of runaway androids?

In Philip K. Dick's dystopian sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is assigned to track down, identify, and "retire" six rogue Nexus 6 androids (or "andys") ...
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Is there an official reason for the change in spelling of Roy's surname?

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Roy’s surname is spelt Baty. In Blade Runner the spelling is Batty. I’ve found a lot of sites that simply note the difference, but none of them give a reason ...
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How are the off world colonies reached in Blade Runner?

From references only from the 1982 Blade Runner movie and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is there any indication how the science works to reach the "off world colonies"? Especially for colonies ...
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Why Were Androids Outlawed in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? it is never clear why the androids were banned from Earth, but kept legal on the colony worlds. That is my only problem with the book. Is it prejudice ...
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Where are the children in Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”? Are there even any?

All the mentions of children in PKD's "Androids" are either about someone's childhood: ...he remembered how in his childhood it had been discovered that species upon species had become extinct and ...
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Is Mercer real?

I just finished the book. The first as Sci-fi I've ever read. One aspect of the book that confused me was the concept of Mercerism. The Androids and Buster Friendly state that Mercer is a hoax who in ...
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Why does Eldon admit that Rachel is an Android after the final question

I'm quite confused after reading chapter 5. I have the following question. Why does Eldon admit that Rachel is an Android after the final question? Why does he not insist that she is a human just ...
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Who throws the stone at Deckard in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Near the end of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", someone throws a stone at Deckard the way they were throwing stones at Mercer as he was climbing up a hill. Is it ever explained or implied who ...
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Do the androids need to kill their owners in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I'm writing my BA thesis on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the Polish translation of the book, there is an indication that an android needs to kill its owner to get from ...
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In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, why is Rosen corp. trying to stop bounty hunters?

In Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Rosen corporation uses Rachel Rosen to stop all bounty hunters from killing rebel androids. Near the end, Rachel explicitly say she slept with lot of ...
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Why not test androids by asking them to hold their breath?

In Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" we learn that androids can commit suicide by holding their breath: "How'll you kill yourself without it?" Rick asked. "If you fail on the test? ...
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Why was Philip K Dick so distressed at Ridley Scott's adaptation of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'? [duplicate]

I have heard this a couple of times now but I don't know the reasoning behind this. I know that the film adaptation of the novel was released shortly before the authors death. Also, if this is the ...
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Can someone explain the end of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? when Deckard goes to Oregon at the end of the novel, what is all that about? Did he have an epiphany? What exactly was the epiphany? Is he ...
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Why did the Rosen corporation want to discredit the Voight-Kampff test?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, why did the Rosen corporation want to discredit the Voight-Kampff test? If the new Nexus 6 types were to be so good and human-like that they ...
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Why did Deckard get a citation from his police department?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? why did Deckard get a citation at the end from his police department? Because he retired too many andys in a single day? I thought the police ...
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Are the owls in Futurama a backwards reference to Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Owls in Futurama are so numerous and plentiful that they are considered a pest. Conversely, the electric owl in Blade Runner represents something beautiful that no longer exists. And in a larger sense,...
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In Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, is Deckard a replicant?

I have watched different versions the movie and read the book a number of times, and I still can't decide: was Deckard a replicant? I know that he has an emotional reaction to the question of how he ...