By Philip K. Dick
By 2021, the area battle had killed hundreds of thousands, riding whole species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. those that remained coveted any dwelling creature, and for those that couldn't have the funds for one, businesses outfitted particularly life like simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even outfitted humans.
Emigrées to Mars obtained androids so refined it was once very unlikely to inform them from real males or girls. afraid of the havoc those synthetic people may well wreak, the govt banned them from Earth. but if androids didn't are looking to be pointed out, they simply combined in.
Rick Deckard used to be an formally sanctioned bounty hunter whose activity was once to discover rogue androids, and to retire them. yet cornered, androids tended to struggle again, with lethal results.
Rick Deckard é um caçador de recompensas. Ao contrário da maioria da população que sobreviveu à guerra atômica, não emigrou para as colônias interplanetárias após a devastação da Terra, permanecendo numa San Francisco decadente, coberta pela poeira radioativa que dizimou inúmeras espécies de animais e plantas.
Na tentativa de trazer algum alento e sentido à sua existência, Deckard busca melhorar seu padrão de vida até que finalmente consiga substituir sua ovelha de estimação elétrica por um animal verdadeiro; um sonho de consumo que vai além de sua condição financeira. Um novo trabalho parece ser o ponto de virada para Rick: perseguir seis androides fugitivos e aposentá-los. Mas suas convicções podem mudar quando percebe que a linha que separa o actual do fabricado não é mais tão nítida como ele acreditava.
Em Androides Sonham com Ovelhas Elétricas?, Philip okay. Dick cria uma atmosfera sombria e perturbadora para contar uma história impressionante, e, claro, abordar questões filosóficas profundas sobre a natureza da vida, da religião, da tecnologia e da própria condição humana.
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When he pushed one end of his log into the roaring chimney, the earthfire caught promptly and deeply in the wood. The log became a blazing torch when the Smith pulled it back from the inferno-fissure and tossed it spinning in the shadowed air. Its rosin popped and snapped with hot, perfumed combustion. Vulcan laughed, pleased with the forge-fire he had caught; then he tucked the log under his arm and quickly climbed again. He built up his forge-fire quickly on the spot he had prepared for it. Now his anvil, a tabletop of ancient and enchanted iron, had to be positioned levelly and solidly in just the right spot relative to the fire.
I'm not yet destroyed. I've been thinking it out. I'll sell the smithy here and buy a mill elsewhere. There's one in Arin I can get . . " Mala said things expressing agreement, trying to sound encouraging. Closing her eyes, she hoped devoutly that it would be so. She told herself that when Jord healed he'd be a young man again, and he'd regain some part of his old strength. Being wed to a one- armed man would not be so bad if he were still a man of property . . and now two small children, widower Jord's by his previous marriage, came out of the crowd to lean possessively against their father's legs, and distract Mala from her other cares by staring at her.
It was good stuff this flame, with its origin even deeper in the earth than he had hoped. A better fire than he could reasonably have expected to find, even for such fine work as he had now to do. Having found his fire, he climbed back to the windblasted surface and the dawn. At the rear of the high shelf of rock, right against the face of the next ascending cliff, was a place somewhat sheltered from the wind. Here he now decided to put the forge. The chosen site was a recess, almost a cave, a natural grotto set into the cliff that towered tremendously higher yet: Out of this cave and around it, more fissurechimneys were splintered into the black basalt of the face, chimneys through which nothing now rose but the cold howling wind, drifting a little snow.
Androides Sonham com Ovelhas Elétricas? by Philip K. Dick