A masterpiece beforehand of its time, a prescient rendering of a depressing long term, and the muse for the blockbuster movie Blade Runner

Via 2021, the International Warfare has killed hundreds of thousands, riding complete species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Folks who stay covet any dwelling creature, and for those who can’t manage to pay for one, corporations constructed extremely practical simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even constructed people. Immigrants to Mars obtain androids so refined they’re indistinguishable from real males or ladies. Petrified of the havoc those synthetic people can wreak, the federal government bans them from Earth. Pushed into hiding, unauthorized androids reside amongst {human beings|people}, undetected. Rick Deckard, an formally sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to search out rogue androids and “retire” them. But if cornered, androids battle again—with deadly pressure.

Praise for Philip Okay. Dick

“Probably the most constantly good technological know-how fiction author on this planet.”—John Brunner

“A type of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”The New York Times

“[Philip K. Dick] sees the entire glowing—and terrifying—chances . . . that different authors shy clear of.”Rolling Stone