Wednesday, January 31, 2007
As with Mike, I have not yet delved too far into "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," but my goodness. This idea of a free android from the UN (of all places) for those that emigrated (to Mars?) reminds me of the maid robot, Rosie, in the Jetson's which premiered in 1962. Interestingly, this book was published in 1968. It seems like he stole Hanna-Barbera's thunder, but maybe this idea of personal androids and hovercars had been popular science fiction themes of the 1960s. However, I do not think Astro was considered as much of a status figure for the Jetson's as the "electric sheep" represents for the Deckards. Another aspect that I found to be rather comical has to be that the sheep died of tetanus and not from perhaps cancer from the pungent dust cloud looming above. Moreover, any author willing to print, "and there existed chickenheads infinitely stupider..." makes me rather amused to read more (Dick, 17).