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Androids Dream: Introduction
Androids Dream: Plot Summary
Androids Dream: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Androids Dream: Themes
Androids Dream: Quotes
Androids Dream: Characters
Androids Dream: Symbols
Androids Dream: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Philip K. Dick
Historical Context of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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- Full Title: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
- Where Written: San Francisco, California, USA
- When Published: Fall 1968
- Literary Period: Cold War / postmodern science fiction
- Genre: Science fiction, detective story, noir
- Setting: Futuristic San Francisco
- Climax: The death of Roy Baty
- Antagonist: None—Dick blurs the line between heroism and villainy
- Point of View: Third-person limited
Extra Credit for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Famous classmates: Philip K. Dick has a well-deserved reputation as one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time. One of the few authors who can compete with Dick’s reputation is Ursula K. Le Guin, whose books The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) and The Dispossessed (1974) have been extravagantly praised for their intelligent and postmodern motifs. By a bizarre coincidence, Le Guin and Dick were members of the same graduating class in high school—but they never met each other.
A Prophet: In 1974, Philip K. Dick claimed to have a prophetic vision. Following his vision, he sensed that his infant son was very sick. Despite the fact that his son seemed healthy, he rushed the child to the hospital, where the doctors found that the child had a potentially deadly disease, which they were able to treat just in time. Following this incident, Dick concluded that the Biblical prophet Elijah had saved Dick’s child’s life. For the final 8 years of his life, Dick wrote autobiographical novels about his prophetic vision, such as Valis. At times, he seemed to acknowledge that he was delusional—he hadn’t really had a prophetic vision at all—but most of the time, he was adamant about the reality of what he’d experienced.