Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Study Guide

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is set on a dying, post-war Earth from which most people have already emigrated. Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter, is assigned to hunt down six escaped androids, who are all the latest model and nearly impossible to detect. The only way to tell a human from an android is to administer an empathy test; empathy is highly valued as the only characteristic separating man from machine. As Deckard finds and brutally destroys the "andys," he is faced with uncomfortable questions about his own humanity.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Book Notes