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Philip K. Dick, Do androids dream of electric sheep? (1968)

Some things to talk about:

-- What makes humans human?

-- How does gender politics play out in the story?

-- What attitude toward technology comes through in the book?

Some things to avoid talking about:

-- The movie



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  • Dean D.

    In the chapter about Luba Luft, the author mentions Munch's painting "The Scream" and tells us that the image is of a person screaming. This is not correct. The image is of a person responding to a scream. The full title is "The Scream of Nature." From Wikipedia:
    In his diary in an entry headed, Nice 22 January 1892, Munch described his inspiration for the image:

    One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.

    March 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Dean! Your comment has spurred me to read up on this particular painting of Munch's ( "check," I mutter as I check off one more to-do item on my ever-growing to-look-up list. :)

      March 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Arguably, I think one may make a case that the subject in the painting is screaming along with Nature. Based on Munch's inspiration, there is 1) no evidence the person himself/herself/itself is not also screaming WITH Nature and 2) who the subject is-- there is a gap in the chain of reasoning between his sentences "I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream" and "I painted this picture..." -- as such, leaving us a degree of interpretation. The subject which looks human (or maybe a humoid, or a mummified'Andy or mummified mummy or munchable Munch) may be seen as channeling the scream of Nature as well.

      March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Appreciate the variety and colour wheel of the discussions and the people. Glad we are not all too like-minded (god, hate that Meetup Catch phrase).

    February 28, 2014

  • Magdalena

    Hi, I have just joined the group, and am looking forward to the next event you schedule. Unfortunately, the meeting this week is a bit too soon for me. Can't wait to see what book you choose next.

    February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Welcome to our group, Magdalena.

      February 25, 2014

    • Magdalena

      Thank you!

      February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A Candy-Andy
    Made in SinGalore
    But really
    Human
    Soft
    to the core

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Wilfred

    I like that its down to one meeting a month, much easier ito keep up.

    February 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too.

      February 25, 2014

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