Do androids dream of electric sheep retitled blade runner do androids dream of electric sheep in some later printings is a science fiction novel by american writer philip k dick first published in 1968 the novel is set in a post apocalyptic san francisco where earths life has been greatly damaged by nuclear global war. Do androids dream of electric sheep is a book that most people think they remember and almost always get more or less wrong ridley scotts film blade runner took a lot from it and threw a lot away wonderful in itself the film is a flash thriller whereas dicks novel is a sober meditation. Do androids dream of electric sheep begins in the bleak landscape of san francisco in 2021 earlier editions list the year as 1992 the world has been completely altered by world war terminus and the nuclear destruction that caused a radioactive dust to descend over the entire world. Do androids dream of electric sheep looks at these issues and hypothesizes that empathy not language or the number of legs is the key trait determining humanity but how far does that humanity extend. Do androids dream of electric sheep was the inspiration for the old movie as well as blade runner 2049 in theatres now and is the same in some respects but without the intensity and violence it kind of has a strange calmness to it
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