Blade Runner is a film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The film is my favorite film, although the adaptation is quite distinct from the novel—also a wonderful work itself.
Today, 8 January 2016, marks the birth of replicant Roy:
Roy’s final monologue is a powerful and currently relevant statement, notably— “Quite an experience to live in fear isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave”:
The use of androids-as-slaves as a metaphor for the human condition is also in the science fiction section of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
(from Academia and the American Worker: Right to Work in an Era of Disaster Capitalism?)
Another brilliant, but ignored, science fiction examination of our slavery to time is Andrew Niccol’s In Time (2011), a powerful confrontation of how capitalism turns most people frantic so that a few can live in luxury.
When science fiction is set in the future relative to the publication or release of the original work, rarely is the work intended to be predictive—but often, the work is intended to tell us important things about the human condition and any now by taking us to places that seem unlike our now.
Roy as an enlightened android—more enlightened than the humans who created him to be a slave—ends his haunting monologue with “Time to die.”
I think this is intended so that we seek ways to live better, freer.
Enjoy the four-disc collector’s edition of Blade Runner.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? also is available as a graphic novel series.
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