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Winter Break Reading Program: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Copies of Do Androids Dream... are available on Reserve at Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus. Stop by the Circulation and Information Services desk on the first floor.

Plot summary:

By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.

Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

From Philip K. Dick's official web site: http://www.philipkdick.com/works_novels_androids.html. All rights reserved.

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