Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.3


No.3 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight the covers.  Today’s book was first published in 1968 and later became the basis for the film known as the Blade Runner.  This is a book I previously read as part of Vintage Sci Fi and one that I enjoyed.  (Review here).  There have been a LOT of covers for this novel – I’m not posting them all because this post could become immense: I found a link through Wiki if you’re interested in taking a further look:

I haven’t posted the movie tie-in covers because they’re not really my thing. Personally, I like the first edition but think it’s very creepy – I would undoubtedly have picked that one up.  The second book printed ’77 – I would probably would have run away from, I know, it’s bad but that cover just wouldn’t draw me in!  I have to say that I really like the cover that looks like a pixelated sheep head!

7 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.3”

  1. nrlymrtl

    The book was so very different from the movie. I recall being surprised by that when I read it years ago. Oddly, I like the second cover the best.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The book was very different. And, I actually preferred it to the film tbh.
      Haha – I would never pick up that second book – it’s so funny how everyone differs so much.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Genki Jason

    Just want to second nrlymrtl’s comment – the book is much darker and more tragic than the film. I was shocked when I read it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The other thing – and perhaps I’m just struggling to remember the film but I don’t remember the connection with the title coming across in the film whereas it’s quite clear in the book.
      Lynn 😀

      • Genki Jason

        Deckard has an artificial pet sheep, yeah. No mention of it in the film. It’s just Blade Runner which is a reference to Deckard’s job. I can’t remember if the sheep turns up in the videogame, either to be honest.

  3. Wendleberry

    Oh, a good one! I have the 1997 cover, which leaves me bias in its favour, but i do also like the 2004 and 2007 covers.

  4. jessicabookworm

    Cool book and film! I have the 1997 Voyager cover but I agree I like the pixelated sheep; that is cool 🙂

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