Author(s): Philip K. Dick
By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans. Emigrées to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.
核战后，放射尘让地球上的动物濒临灭绝，地球已不再适合人类居住。为了鼓励残存的人口移民，政府承诺，只要移民到外 星球，就可以为每个人自动配备一个仿生人帮助其生活。仿生人不满足于被人类奴役的现状，想方设法逃回地球。主人公里克*德卡德是一名专门追捕逃亡仿生人的赏金猎人。在一次 追捕行动中，里克遭遇了新型仿生人前所未有的挑战。九死之后，能否一生？在与仿生人的接触和较量中，里克发现自己对仿生人的看法和态度有了很大的改变。这种改变究竟是福还是祸？这是一部不可思议的复杂作品，会激荡起头脑中各种各样的想法。《仿生人会梦见电子羊吗》指出，机器人也有直觉。它们不只是可以飞快运算的机器，它们也会思考、睡觉和做梦。由此引发了一个更大的问题：什么才是人的特质？
Philip K. Dick's classic SF novel, which was adapted as the film BLADE RUNNER.
Short-listed for Nebula Award 1969 (UK).
For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first * Terry Gilliam * My literary hero * Fay Weldon * One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac * Sunday Times *
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, Beyond Lies the Wub in 1952.