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Do Androids dream of electric sheep and Blade Runner: Do Androids dream of electric sheep

For students in year 12 literature comparing this novel with the film.

Do Androids dream of electric sheep



Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Phillip K. Dicks 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" became better known as a result of the 1982 film adaptation titled Blade Runner but the novel and the film differ substantially. Dick explores the issues of the nature of reality and the value of real versus artificial life through the story of Rick Deckard, an android bounty hunter.


The novel can be found in the senior fiction collection at DICK



There have been numerous reviews written on the novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

What does it mean to be human?

Phillip K. Dick - biography

"My major preoccupation, is to question, what is reality?" 

Phillip K. Dick

Phillip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928. He attended the University of Berkeley, but dropped out rather than participate in ROTC training. Remaining in California he began writing professionally in 1952, ultimately producing thirty-six novels and five short story collections. He won the 1962 Hugo Award for The Man in the High Castle, and the 1974 John. W. Campbell Award for My tears the policeman said. Dick died in 1982 of heart failure following a stroke.

Major Themes


Do Androids dream of electric sheep explores themes of virtual reality, consciousness, what it means to be human and empathy.

Access background information on the major themes of the novel to enhance your understanding.

Electronic Resources from our Infobase eLibrary

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Do Androids dream of electric sheep audio book