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How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection
 
 
Author
David F. Dufty.
Publisher Henry Holt  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780805095517
Pages/Publication Date 273/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41680
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In January 2006, a young robotocist on the way to Google headquarters lost an overnight bag on a flight between Dallas and Las Vegas. It contained the fully functional head of an android replica of science fiction author and counterculture guru Philip K. Dick, and it was never recovered. Psychologist David Dufty, who was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Memphis at the time the android was being developed, worked closely with the team of scientists who created it, and offers this fascinating inside look at the scientists and technology that made this android possible. Here too are great stories about Dick himself—his inspired yet deeply pessimistic worldview, his bizarre lifestyle, and his enduring creative legacy.

"[The author] ably describes the fertile, feverish atmosphere of intellectual endeavor, the kind of place where a crazy idea—like building a Philip K. Dick android—could take hold."—LA Times

"You've got to love a book that includes physics-lecturing fish, android Einsteins, and researchers intent on building robot replicas of their wives and girlfriends. Not to mention Philip K. Dick himself. This is an instant classic of weird science."—Alex Boese

 
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