The Pequod Review:
Because it was adapted into Ridley Scott’s legendary 1982 film Blade Runner, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one of Philip K. Dick’s most widely-read novels. Which is a bit of a shame, since it’s one of Dick’s worst-written and most underdeveloped works. Based on an earlier short story (“The Little Black Box,” written in 1964), the book centers on a bounty hunter (Rick Deckard) who is hired to track down escaped human-like androids. The book is hardly without merit; it includes an intensely bleak and dystopian setting, one in which emotions and religion have been fully commodified, and where a nuclear catastrophe has killed so many animals that the highest status symbol is to own a real sheep rather than a mechanical simulacrum. Unfortunately, Dick doesn't sufficiently develop these ideas or bring them together into a cohesive novel.