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Do Androids Dream of Eletric Sheep?

ENG2502: Text, Culture, Context (Science Fiction and Society)
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Camilla Hoel

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Transcript of Do Androids Dream of Eletric Sheep?

Do Androids Dream of Eletric Sheep?

Dr Camilla Ulleland Hoel

Philip K. Dick
ENG2502 "Science fiction and Society"
March 6 2014
NTNU
The New Wave of Science Fiction
~1964-1970
Cold War
Vietnam War
Hippies
Computers
Space exploration
Nuclear Power

Colour TV
Civil Rights
(oh god, oh god,
we're all going to die)
(and weapons)
giant, but with 8mb!
Human be-in &
The Summer of Love
Martin Luther King, Jr
Drugs
"science fiction should turn its back on space, on interstellar travel, extra-terrestrial life forms, [and] galactic wars" -- J. G. Ballard,
"Which Way to Inner Space?" (1962)
"Let's have a quick look at what science fiction lacks. Briefly, these are some of the qualities I miss on the whole -- passion, subtlety, irony, original characterization, original and good style, a sense of involvement in human affairs, colour, density, depth, and, on the whole, real feeling from the writer" -- Michael Moorcock,
guest editorial New Worlds (1963)
soft
modernist
experimental
radical
sexual
inner space
non-heroic
entropic
counter-cultural
young
"The literature of the mid-20th century can be meaningful only in so far as it perceives, and relates itself to, the central reality of our culture: the revolution in scientific thought which has replaced mechanics with dynamics, classification with integration, positivism with relativity, certainties with statistical probabilities, dualism with parity."
--Judith Merrill, "What do you Mean: Science? Fiction?" (1966)
Samuel Delany
Thomas M. Disch
Harlan Ellison
Roger Zelazny
Ursula Le Guin
Joanna Russ
(1928-1982)
"Beyond Lies the Wub"
"Minority Report"
"The Adjustment Team"
"We can remember it for you wholesale"
Time out of Joint

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
The Man in High Castle
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Setting
January 3, 1992
Earth
Post-apocalyptic
(2021)
Novum
what happens if humans
become indistinguishable
from non-humans?
(what makes us human?)
consequences of nuclear war
what would happen if animals
almost disappeared?
Android
Robot
worker 1920s
Cyborg
cybernetic organism 1960s
"manlike" 1720
RICK DECKARD
JOHN ISIDORE
the mood organ
"absence of appropriate affect"
kipple
"andys"
the electric sheep
special
Mercerism
Buster Friendly
empty apartments
(accepted as human)
real/false
human/non-human
World War Terminus
Clans of the Alphane Moon
The Voigt-Kampff Test
You are given a calf-skin wallet on your birthday.
A little boy shows you his butterfly collection,
including his killing jar.
You discover a wasp crawling on your wrist.
In a magazine you come across a full-page color picture of a nude girl. Your husband likes the picture. The girl is lying face down on a large and beautiful bearskin rug. Your husband hangs the picture up on the wall of his study.
Someone orders lobster, and the chef
drops the lobster into the tub of boiling water.
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