Our story continues with our characters having to face of death and other major obstacles, but chapter six bring us back to John Isidore. He goes to investigate his new neighbor who at first is very shy to meeting him, but eventually accepts his invitation to the building. She introduces herself as Rachel Rosen (which is the woman we met earlier that did not know she was an android) but when Isidore starts questioning her about the Rosen association she changes her name to Pris Stratton. After this encounter Isidore says he will return to help her after work. At work Isidore is sent to pick up a sick cat, he tries to find the outlet for the electric cat to hold it over till they get to the vet, but he cant find it. When he finally arrives at the vet with the cat he learns that the cat is actually a real ct and that it has died, his boss yells at Isidore and tells him because he is a special that’s why he messed up. He is then forced to call the owner and or be fired. He calls the owner and a woman picks up and is shocked by the news and tells Isidore how much her husband loved the cat. He then offers to make her an exact replica of her cat, but as an electrical one. She agrees so she does not have to tell her husband the truth. This made me feel like people in this world don’t know how to deal with death because they don’t even know how to control real feelings. Also it shows they would rather mask death then deal with the real feeling sit would bring them. The next chapter begins with Rick telling his boss officer Bryant what he learned from the Rosen association and that he was going out to find Polokov. He goes to Polokov place of work and search’s very thorough and carefully for him, however nothing is found. On his way back to the station he meets a Russian officer who he was told would be accompanying him to find the rest of the nexus six androids. While in the taxi together the Russian officer is showing off his pistol and it is then learned that the officer is actually Polokov in disguise who decided to try and kill this bounty hunter since he got the other one. He starts to strangle out Rick, but he gets lucky and shoots Polokov in the head with is old school .38 pistol. He has now retired one of the six he needed and goes after the next Luba Luft at the opera house. This shows how smart the Nexus six really is because it thought it can out smart a human and it almost did too, but because it is an android it has certain flaws.
Now in chapter nine Rick Deckard goes to the opera house to retire his next andy. When he gets there he admires the Mozart’s The Magic Flute that is being performed. After the practice he follows Luba Luft to her dressing room. He introduces himself as San Francisco police department and that he wants to perform a test on her. While performing the test a adhesive disk falls off of Luba and when rick goes to pick it up she puts a laser tube on him. She then calls the cops and claims rick is a sexual deviant. Officer crams shows up and rick tries to to tell him that he is bounty hunter, but crams says he has never heard of deckard. To prove it he shows officer crams polokov’s body and they decide to take everything to the station and figure it out. However Rick realizes they are going in the opposite direction of the police station and that this must be a trap sent up by the nexus six androids. Rick is then taken to a fake police station parallel to his own and is then processed in the station. After that he is called in to the office of the stations official. He is introduced to garland and deckard realizes that this is one of the androids on his list. This shows how smart and human like the nexus six androids really are and that there must be a bigger plan going on because they all must be connected in some way. For example Luba Luft called this specific police station because she is probably working with garland. We are then introduced to Resch who is a bounty hunter at this station and while being brought up to speed on deckard they all agree to take the android test.While Resch leaves to get the test Garland pulls a laser tube on rick and admits to being an android, he also reveals that Resch is also an android, but with false memories. When Resch comes back in he realizes Garland is an android and he retires him. He and deckard position garland’s body to make it seem like he is alive and they leave the Station. Rick does not tell Resch that he is an android and even lies telling him that he might be able to have a job at his station. This is where we start to see Rick to have feelings, empathy in particular and to an android. They head back to the opera house to finish off Luba Luft, on the way there Resch tells rick he wants him to give him the Voigt-Kampff test because he does not believe his memories are fake, he remembers owning a squirrel and he felt nothing but love for it. This makes me believe that in this world there are certain androids who have more feelings and control over them, then of some humans.
Deckard and Resch get to the opera house, but learn that Luba had gone to a museum ans they head there to find her. They find her looking at the painting The Scream and some believe that this is how the androids must feel. I agree that they must not being able to have the real feeling that humans have, that feeling that when it affects you so much you just want to scream. They escort her to the parking lot where she admits she is an android and that she just wanted to be human. She then accuses Resch of being an android and in frustration he retires her. After they get her transferred for a bone marrow test Deckard performs the Vogit-Kampff test on resch who shows that he is human. Deckard then takes the test on himself and it shows that he feels empathy towards certain androids and he begins to question himself as a bounty hunter. I like that Deckard begins to question himself and his feelings toward androids because they are not all bad, in fact they are all very alike. The story continues with John Isidore coming home and going to help Pris Stratton. Over dinner she tells him that she is an android and that she is being hunted by a bounty hunter. She also tells him of the horrible living conditions on the dead planet of mars.They are then interrupted by Roy and Irmgard two of her friends who she came from mars with and are also androids. They Update Pris on what has happened and that they are the only three nexus six androids left on the list. They decide to stay in the abandon apartment building in Pris apartment and she can move in with Isidore to be more safe. After they all settle in Roy does not know what to do with Isidore because he knows they are androids. He suggest they kill Isidore, but he tells them that he does not care they are androids because since he is a special the human race treats him just as bad. Pris realizes that he is special indeed. I like how the one classified as special or weird has more common sense and true feelings more then any of the humans. He is the example of what the human race used to be and what it needs to be to gain there true feelings back. Androids in the story want nothing more than to be humans, but it seems as though the androids wanting to feel human is more feelings than what the human race really feels and that the humans are just as bad as androids they are just about empty on the inside. The Story continues with Rick deciding not to hunt anymore that day and goes and buys himself a goat so he can replace his electric sheep at home. At home he shows his wife the new goat and they are both excited together, after they settle everything with the goat they go back to the apartment and use the empathy box. While using it Rick comes face to face with the Guru Mercer himself who tells rick that the empathy box is there to show people they are not alone and that he needs to go do his task even though he knows its wrong. I realize that the empathy box is like a crucifix in our society because it symbolizes a closer connection to god and to show we are not alone. Rick is told by Bryant that he wants him to retire the rest of the androids that night, but rick does not know if he has the energy to do it. Bryant tells him it has to be done that night so that the androids don’t get away. Rick then asks for Rachel Rosen help, even though she refused she agrees to meet him at the St.Francis hotel. These chapters were wrapped around the death of multiple androids and how deckard is coming more in touch with his feelings and not really understanding how to control or what they really mean.
Do androids dream of electric sheep? has everything science fiction story should have. In chapter one we begin in the home of Rick Deckard and his wife. It starts with the two waking up and setting a mode to how they want to feel when they wake up. This shows me that this society do not truly have emotions or they have gotten to a point where technology has taken away the power to feel. For example when Rick wakes up he sets his mode to ready to go and face the world, while his wife sets it to a mode where she does not wanna get out of bed. After him and his wife have a fight about there modes Rick goes to the roof of his building to take care of his animal. In this society everyone has an animal, some are live ones and some are electrical ones or android animals. We learn that Ricks sheep just died of tetanus and he replaced it with an electrical one. He then talks to his neighbor about his sheep and his neighbor promises not to tell anyone about his sheep. Rick tells him that he should be careful because his horse could die too. This shows that in this society having an animal is a very important. Its almost like having a cell phone in our society cause everyone has one.
Chapter 2 was a bit confusing to me, i kind of got lost while reading it and i had to reread it a couple of times. We learn in this chapter that there was a World War called World War Terminus and that it basically destroyed all of the people and animals remaining on earth, which is why people emigrated to outer space. This explains why electrical animals were created in the first place and why having a live animal is very rare. Certain people who were on earth after the war caught a special disease and we are introduced to one named John Isidore who lives in apartment building all by himself. Since he is a lonely man he uses a thing called an empathy box where he merges with the mind of Wilbur Mercer which is described as a futuristic Jesus. While using the box he also merges with other people using a empathy box and they are climbing a mountain, but while climbing John gets hit with a rock disconnecting him from the box and actually leaving a wound on him in the real world. This shows that the technology is so advanced that even in a virtual reality you can get hurt, does this mean you can die in virtual world and die in real life? The chapter ends with John hearing that someone else moved in to his building and he does not know how to introduce himself.
Chapter three begins with Rick on his way to work. Also Rick is a bounty hunter who hunts androids because in this society androids are frowned upon. On his way to work Rick sees an ostrich in the pet shop window and he considers buying it, but knows he does not have enough to get it. Although he does want another animal so he can have two. When Rick gets to work he hears that one of the bounty hunters at his job was killed by a new android the nexus six which is a smarter and more realistic android that can blend in the humans. This makes his job even harder, but they have a test that tests a persons empathic level because an android is more likely not to have to much empathy. Rick also calls up the pet shop to try and bargain for the ostrich, but is disappointment and he also calls a fake pet shop and asks how much an electrical one would be and it is significantly cheaper. This chapter shows that even in this society where feelings are diminished people still find a way to hate on someone else or something else in this case being androids.
Chapter four begins with Rick having a meeting with his boss to discuss the bounty hunter who was killed. Rick is told that there are eight nexus six androids, but the bounty who was killed got two of them and that six remain. Rick is told that they don’t know if the empathy test (Vogit-Kampff test ) will work on the nexus six androids. So Rick takes a hover car to the Rosen Association in Seattle which is where the test are created. Upon arrival Rick meets Rachel Rosen and she leads him to the conference room. While going through the building she shows him there animals and one is an owl which are supposed to be extinct. Rick asks her how much the owl would be and she laughs telling him that its not for sale and even if it was he could not afford it. Rick meets with her uncle Eldon Rosen and they discuss the nexus six androids and the vogit-kampff test. Eldon suggest that Rick should use the test on his niece Rachel. This chapter shows that not being able to determine the new androids strikes fear in to Rick because he does not wanna be killed. It also continues to show peoples obsession with animals and that who has more can brag the most. Rick also mentions what if all of the androids minds are connected with the mechanical animals like his sheep, which is a way of mentioning the title do androids dream of electric sheep? I like how the author included that.
During this chapter Rick administers the test to Rachel, during the test there are some really odd questions asked about animal cruelty, abortion, love and other factors. It does make sense to use these different topics to see someones empathy or how they react. After the test he says based on the test Rachel is an android, but Eldon tells him she is not. Rachel defends herself for not being one as well and all three go back and forth about how the test either works or doesn’t work. The Rosen’s then try to bribe Rick with the owl if he keeps quiet about the test failing. He considers it, but then he tells Rachel what his briefcase is made out of and she has late reaction and this proves that Rick was right about her being an android. He consults with Eldon asking hi if she knows she is an android and he says no and also tells him the owl is a mechanical one. Rick leaves and now knows the test works on Nexus six androids and looks forward to getting paid. This chapter shows that the nexus six are so close to humans that even some of the androids, don’t even know what they truly are. Though it makes you think why didn’t he kill her if she was an android? did he feel empathy? or was it just because she wasn’t on his list of androids to retire?
Metropolis and The Machine Stops both have there own sense of science fiction, but they also have some common themes as well. The Machine Stops talks about a future where people live on air ships where everything is controlled by the machine and even though the earth is still there people don’t go there. However if people choose to go there they would need permission to do so. While i was reading the beginning of this story, it also reminded me of the intro of a video game named Fallout three. The game begins with people living underground and maintaining a society. In the game they also don’t wanna go out in to the world because of the dangers that are out there as told by there leaders like in The Machine Stops and if you go out in to the world in the game you are basically a traitor and you get the same treatment as in The Machine Stops. The machine from the story also reminded me of HAL from 2001 a Space Odyssey. They both seem to be able to control everything on the ships and they claim to know everything and whats best for the people. A common theme in Metropolis and The Machine Stops is possibility’s of the future. One describes a futuristic city that is powered by workers who are mistreated and the rich enjoy there lives and the other is life on a spaceship where people fear to step foot on earth. This raises another similarity between the two, which is that both let machines power them and run there lives. They both put trust in to machines because they believe that technology can help them, but it isn’t until both machines fall that people begin to open there eyes for what is truly going on in the world. It wasn’t machines they needed, but they needed each other to work together. In Metropolis during the scene where the machine man is becoming maria, i got a real sense of Frankenstein here just with a science fiction and futuristic twist with it. Also during the end scene where all of the technology had all ready fallen and they burn the machine version of maria and chant burn the witch, i feel the symbolism there was them being sent back to the dark ages. Both stories ended with their machines being destroyed and changing how people lived all together. One was sent back to the dark ages in a matter of speaking and the other killed all of it’s people because the machine stopped. Both had there own science fiction twist and beliefs, but were so similar by the time it came to the end.
Hello my name is Jonathan Stampfl and this is my second semester at city tech. I enjoy playing video games (Xbox one to be more specific) and watching a bunch of TV shows and movies. I like to watch movies and observe how they are made and what is the story or message behind something. I also really like to watch movies that are books and then compare the two for similarities and differences. I am a huge wrestling fan because I grew up with that in my house and now I am a die hard fan. I am also a huge doctor who fan I just got in to it last summer and I am really in to it. I recently just quit my job i was working in my high school as a T.A. helping students of there film projects because i went to a film high school. I quit though because it got to a point where school became more important then work. I want to work in the film and TV industry one day as a gaffer, which is the head of the lighting department. I am fascinated by lighting and when i watch films i specifically look to see how it is used. I just relaxed over winter break and hung out with my friends and i will be working for a summer camp when summer comes around.
I cosplayed as the eleventh doctor when i went to comic con this year.
I think as writer my strength is that once i know how i want to write something I am good to go and it ties in the my thinking because i usually like to think outside the box and that gets incorporated in to my writing. One weakness for writing is my grammar is not always on point and for reading i am not really a big fan of reading because i can never stay intrigued in a book. I would always choose to write over reading because when i have to write i can express my thought or beliefs on something, but i can’t get that same feeling when trying to enjoy reading. I have used open lab for two classes prior but not as in depth as we are going to be with it. when i think science fiction i think of something that pertains to space and time and how they connect with one another. science in my mind is proving something or giving information on something like how old is the earth? or what is made of? is there aliens on other planets? etc…… When i think fiction i think of the impossible becoming the possible in reality to a point where its normal. I think highly intelligent and creative people write science fiction like Steven Moffat, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg. Again i believe the people who consume science fiction tend to be intelligent or creative, so they understand what is being presented to them. I think there are only men in the course because men are more interested in science fiction because of how males are usually raised in society and because men are some what smarter then females. I think a woman is teaching it to show that its not just a stereotype that only men are in to science fiction. I am taking this course because i needed another English class and i have been in to science fiction since i was a kid. yes i believe that most forms of science fiction begin as literature. I am a fan of doctor who, star wars, 2001 a space odyssey, planet of the apes, alien, back to the future. I am expecting to learn more about science fiction in general an how i can observe it and compare different books and films to see the common connections.