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In the following essay I will analyze Philip K Dicks short story titled Blade Runner Blade Runner is a science fiction story about the not to distant future In my analysis I will use two non-fiction essays Sonia Maasiks and Jack Solomons Interpreting Popular Signs and Mike Nordbergs Science Fiction A Mirror to Our Universe Both of the essays are about hidden messages in science fiction Are there secret messages about the present in science fiction stories In Science Fiction A Mirror to Our Universe Nordberg writes about many of the controversial issues that Star Trek addressed Nordberg explains that Star Trek dealt with such issues as war racism poverty and greed Nordberg says Producer Gene Roddenberry created a fantastic world where humankind has over come war greed and poverty while still leaving room for a moral dilemma or two to creep in 37 This is very true for Star Trek but is it the same for all science fiction The short story Blade Runner is set in the year 2021 In the beginning of the story the main characters Rick Deckard and his wife Iran are awakened by their mood organ The mood organ is a tool used to put its user in good or bad moods The user dials a number and gets the programmed mood Rick is a bounty hunter who is hired by cops to kill andys Andys are computers that look like humans Every day before work Rick heads up to the rooftop where his electric sheep is grazing Animals that are still around are considered very valuable since most died during World War Terminus So Rick just acts like nothing happened to his sheep While Rick is checking on his sheep his neighbor Bill Barbour also comes to the roof top to check on his animals before going to work While Bill and Rick are talking about their animals Bill tells Rick that his horse is pregnant Rick
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