Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fifteen of the best classic science fiction books

At the Christian Science Monitor Weston Williams tagged fifteen classic science fiction books, including:
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Film fans might know Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel as the basis for the 1982 film "Blade Runner." Set in a world that is barely livable after a nuclear war, animals are nearly extinct, and to own an animal is an important status symbol. Rick Deckard used to have a real sheep, but now has to settle for an electric one, which is ironic considering that his job is to seek out and destroy androids posing as humans. This novel explores what separates man from machine and what it truly means to be a human being.
Read about another entry on the list.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? also appears on Allegra Frazier's list of four great dystopian novels that made it to the big screen, Ryan Menezes's list of five movies that improved the book, Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders's list of the twelve most unfaithful movie versions of science fiction and fantasy books, Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders's list of the ten greatest personality tests in sci-fi & fantasy, John Mullan's list of ten of the best titles in the form of questions, Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs's list of ten classic sci-fi books that were originally considered failures and Robert Collins's top ten list of dystopian novels.

--Marshal Zeringue