Friday, October 3, 2008

Interesting Observations from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

I just found a couple of things throughout the book interesting and rather highly coincidental. First, in several instances different characters in the novel resign themselves to their current situation with the phrase "So it goes." My initial thought was that this correlated to Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, but that was actually published in 1969, one year after Dick wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

As we discussed in class last week, the Rand corporation was supposedly responsible for working with the Pentagon and making much of the horror of World War Terminus possible. Coincidentally, this building exists at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Craig St. I see it every day going either to class or work:


Finally, on page 237, Iran considers dialing 888, which is:

"...the desire to watch TV no matter what's on it."

Coincidentally(?), 888 is the number digital cable subscribers would enter to access Comcast's Searchlight on Demand service.

These are just a few observations I thought I would share.

1 comment:

Adam Johns said...

I was wondering whether anyone would talk about that. They don't *just* do military analysis, by the way, but to work there you do need a security clearance.