DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
From the back cover of the 1969 Signet edition
"Androids can't have children," Rachel said. "Is that a loss?" He finished undressing her, exposing her pale, cold loins. . "Is it a loss?" she asked again. "Ho~ does it feel to have a child? ~ow does it feel to be born, for that matter? We're not born; we don't grow up; instead of dying from illness we wear out like ants. I'M NOT ALIVE! You're not going to bed with a woman. Have you ever made love to an Android before?" "No," he said, taking off his shirt and tie.
From the back cover of the 1971 Signet edition
Strangled by the radioactive dust from War World terminus, even toads and owls are extinct, and a living animal is the greatest luxury a man can possess. Bounty hunter Rick Decard can earn enough money to buy a real sheep to replace his electric one- if he can hunt down the renegade Androids, man-made men who have returned to Earth from the Martian colonies. Decard has dealt with Androids before, but never with any so lethal as the hauntingly beautiful Nexus-6 Rachel who lures him to bed and then asks, "Will you kill me in a way that won't hurt?" ~
"CHASE FILLED. DANGER-PACKED. HIGHLY IMAGINATIVE" -The Housfon Chronicle
SYNTHETIC HUMANS PROGRAMMED TO LOVE-AND THEN DESTROY!
From the back cover of the 1982 Del Rey edition
It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, .Iurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment-find them and then... "retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked and acted exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!
From the back cover of the 1996 Del Rey editionDO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP WAS PUBLISHED in 1968. Grim and foreboding even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time. 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.
Emigrants 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.
Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty jmnter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to "retire'" them. But when crornered, androids tended fight back, with deadly results.