Book review: Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

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Five stars.

I have wanted to read this book for decades. Now, with my emphasis on reading consistently (both via Audible.com and in print, but alas only rarely on my Kindle app or Kindle device that my son discarded), I’m finally making progress on that enormous mountain of backlogged titles.

I love coming home, seeing the stack of tantalizing covers on the coffee table (apologies to my spouse, who is forever trying to keep the house tidy), and picking one up to spend hours lost in the worlds within.

Yes, I loved the recent Blade Runner 2049, yes, I watched the online shorts that led up to it. Yes, I re-watched the original, including the directors cut (and the hilarious back-story to the poorly-performed Harrison Ford voice over in the actual released movie: look it up yourself). And yet.

(side note: Amazon Originals now has a one season series: Electric Dreams, that is a fantastic collection of video interpretations of Dick’s short stories. Don’t miss ‘Autofac.’)

The book blows all the movies away. Philip K. Dick was not only decades ahead of his time, even now, his writing and thinking are too complex, too interweaved, too subtle for the movie screen. Electric sheep, artificial owls, animals figure prominently in the book, and are only briefly referenced in the movie. And the title finally makes sense. I really enjoyed this.

CMIO’s take?  Nope, not gonna give it away. Read.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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