Dick, Philip K.
BLADE RUNNER (=DO ANDROIDS DREAM...?)
VG+ to near-Fine
(2002?) Ballantine Books 35th? printing paperback (copyright 1968.) Cover by ??? (matches a poster for the movie?), 216 pages,$6.99 cover price. Condition is Fine: tight and square with flat spine, no age tanning, no stamps marks or writing. This looks new/unread.
The novel that formed the basis for the 1982 movie BLADERUNNER: Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
Rick Decard was a cop with an unusual beat - he was a bounty hunter and one of the best. Otherwise, he was a fairly ordinary citizen for the year 1992. He was married, had a decent apartment, considering the crowded living conditions, and he had his electric sheep. Live pets were a luxury, but Rick was obsessed with the thought of owning a real animal, and dreamed of the day he would bring in a big enough bounty to purchase his "live" pet. Then one bleak day in January, the opportunity Rick had waited for came to him in an assignment from Inspector Bryant - "Six androids to kill!" There had been 8 of them, but 2 had been disposed of and at the same time disposed of Rick's co-bounty hunter, Dave Holden. His assignment was the beginning of an insidious nightmare - Rick's values and marriage were challenged by a beautiful android; an attempted telephone call to his boss revealed that no one had ever heard of him or Inspector Bryant; and death was a constant threat. Could a man named John Isidore help Rick? John was a pathetic reject from society, who existed alone in a decaying 1,000 unit apartment building. He feared discovery of his existence, but hungered for companionship even if it might cost him his life. Or was it Wilbur Mercer who would ultimately save Rick? But who was Mercer - a miserable fake, a figment of the imagination or was he a god???
An unusual and satirically funny tale by one of SF's most original authors... If you have only seen the movie, the book is somewhat different in tone and details - even though I think BLADERUNNER was the best movie adaptation of a Philip K. Dick work (and certainly the best-looking in terms of realizing Dick's "depleted" future environments.)