Iran said, "It certainly does cure my depression. Now we can admit to everybody that the sheep's false."
"No need to do that," Rick said cautiously.
"But we can," Iran persisted. "See, now we have nothing to hide; what we've always wanted has come true. It's a dream!"
This book has been made into what has since became the best sci-fi movie ever - Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott and starred Harrison Ford sometime after his lightsabre-wielding days, back in 1982.
It is January 2021; the days of living with rogue androids, traveling in cool hovercars, getting hit by laser tubes, administering the Voight-Kampff test on potential androids, and of dialing the number '3' so that you would be stimulated to dial for a desired feeling using the mood organ on your bedtable (ahem).
Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter hired by the police force to 'retire' androids that lurk amongst humans - sounds almost like an easy assignment, except that they look and act exactly like humans as well. Owls and a handful of other animal species are extinct; all he had was a considerably cheap, electric sheep. He had always wanted something more; something real, and cash from his 'hunts' should be sufficient for a new pet. His latest assignment, however, would bring him more than just that.
Dick describes the futuristic world with such ease, it seemed as though he were painting scenes from a documentary. The thing with sci-fi is that you would wonder if things will eventually turn out that way thirty years down the road. Could you imagine waking up to the sound of hovercars, or yelling to your er, mechanical helper to bring you breakfast in bed?
I usually have the impression that sci-fi books would be difficult to absorb and to understand; this one was not too bad, really (but then again, there was the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...). However, due to conflicting statements made by the director and lead actor of Blade Runner, I cannot make up my mind as to whether Rick is a human or an android. Still, it made an enjoyable read for a new sci-fi fan like yours truly, who usually finds more joy prancing along with dark elves...
My slightly tattered book had about 20+ pages missing (it was a used copy from the bookstore) and I resorted to reading the missing pages off the Internet.
One of Dick's short stories is being adapted for the silver screen as well - A Scanner Darkly, helmed by director Richard Linklater (of Waking Life fame, so you can just imagine how this one is going to turn out!) and the sci-fi man of the moment, Keanu Reeves. Strizzt # 9:32 PM