Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is definitely a unique book. All about empathy and humanity, and what we consider “human”. For a book about robots, it’s a lot about emotions and the need to belong.
…actually, maybe that’s why it’s a robot book.
“The tyranny of an object, he thought. It doesn’t know I exist.”
“I can understand now how you suffer when you’re depressed; I always thought you liked it and I thought you could have snapped yourself out any time, if not alone, then by means of some mood organ. But when you get that depressed you don’t care. Apathy, because you’ve lost a sense of worth.”
“You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.”
“You can’t got back, he thought. You can’t go from people to nonpeople. In a panic he thought, I’m dependent on them.”
“Mercer said it was wrong but I should do it anyhow. Really weird. Sometimes it’s better to do something wrong than right.”
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