Although PKD did write other books about genetic engineering which were not as pessimistic or bleak at all, for instance Flow My Tears, The Police Man Said, I dont know if it is the origin of people talking about individuals being eights or nines in terms of beauty but there are genetically engineered types whose perfection in appearence is engineered, a kind of celebrity class.
The book isnt about them really, its about a drug which changes reality instead of changes the body chemistry of the individual and their perception of reality, but the story is told from one of their perspectives. How PKD came up with the idea for that sort of thing I dont know and it was brilliant but reading it I made the connection to the humanoids in Blade Runner or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
Thread: Random Thought Thread
02-13-2015, 06:33 PM #49451
02-13-2015, 06:51 PM #49452
@Lark Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep wasn't quite as conforming to your interpretation. I remember it strongly implying that the artificial was the new life and it had a real future ahead of itself, devoid of empathy or not.
PKD thought of such things because he was a paranoid schizophrenic hopped up on hallucinogens, a mentality uniquely suited to predict our technological future. He was also a humanist, and strangely hopeful in his own way, which is why I didn't commit suicide immediately after reading his stuff.▵
02-13-2015, 06:55 PM #49453
02-13-2015, 07:50 PM #49454
Playing God is fun!
I want a creature that's a cross between a kitten and a tortoise. Make it happen, science!Forget the dead you've left; they will not follow you.
The vagabond who is rapping at your door, is standing in the clothes you once wore.
02-13-2015, 08:02 PM #49455
I think Grant Gustin is like 80% the reason I still watch The Flash. Too much cutie pie.
02-13-2015, 08:56 PM #49456
02-13-2015, 10:24 PM #49457
- Join Date
- Sep 2009
- 9w1 sx/sp
- EII Fi
02-13-2015, 10:37 PM #49458
Does anyone else have that one friend who thinks he or she has to comment on every single one of your Facebook updates?WOOP WOOP WOOP
02-14-2015, 12:27 AM #49459
- Join Date
- Oct 2014
'm like Benjamin, Benjamin Franklin to be exact, except instead of fanning my corpulent, aged body in the nude under a cool breeze as I laboriously and studiously take notes on randomly drawn chapters from a shelf of books, I come on to typoc and post on the random thread my creative sentiments which no one cares about...
woe is me
(jumps off cliff and screams phoenix)
Hello my baby hello my sweety hello my sweety pie! (cane and tap dance)"i shut the door and in the morning
it was open
Olemn slammed his hammer and from the sparks on the metal of his anvil came the spheres of the heavens.
Sayrah blew life into the spheres and they moved. From her wheel she weaved the names of people in to mystery.
02-14-2015, 02:33 AM #49460