When he is not working as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia, Todd Belok enjoys reading. One of Todd Belok’s favorite authors is Philip K. Dick, writer of the seminal cyberpunk novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream? focuses on two major characters, Rick Deckard and John Isidore, as they deal with questions regarding their own personal isolation and the morality of hunting fugitive androids. This book served as the basis for the successful movie Blade Runner, which retells the novel in a more focused manner. Though it earned little attention in its time, the story’s unique tone helped inspire other famous science fiction and fantasy writers and led to other film adaptations of Philip K. Dick novels such as Minority Report and Total Recall.
The novel’s core question deals with humanity and what constitutes being a creature worthy of moral consideration. The androids, despite being nonhuman creatures, display traits that are typically associated with being human. Some of the mortal characters, conversely, lack traits like empathy, leading the reader to question the humanity of these flesh-and-blood people.