Em 1982 foi distribuído o brilhante filme de ficção científica de Ridley Scott: "Blade Runner — O Caçador de Andróides" e nasceu um fenómeno. Decorrendo a ação na selva de aço e microchips da Los Angeles de um futuro próximo no século XXI, esta obra-prima recriou a nossa visão do futuro ao contar a história de Rick Deckard, um blade runner que persegue e executa andróides renegados em "L.A. November, 2019". No original de Philip K. Dick, o cenário pós-nuclear de um futuro próximo é San Francisco, 2021.
LOS ANGELES, Agosto, 2020 — Deckard reaparece simultaneamente como caçador e presa - numa corrida para provar a sua própria humanidade - ao perseguir o mais esquivo e perigoso de todos os replicantes...
Agora para os milhões de admiradores do filme, bem como para os que pela primeira vez têm contacto com a frenética aventura em ritmo cyberpunk de Deckard, a presente história - elegante e sofisticada - de K. W. Jeter regressa àquele mundo prolífico de alta tecnologia "High tech, Low life", iniciando um novo capítulo de suspense emocionante e ininterrupto de antecipação futurista!
"A Fronteira do Humano" resolve muitas discrepâncias entre o filme e o livro 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' de Philip K. Dick, a obra que se constitui em matriz e suporte da nova saga de Rick Deckard.
The Edge of Human (Blade Runner, Book 2): K.W. Jeter picks up the tale of Rick Deckard, the `blade runner' created by Phillip K. Dick and popularized by Ridley Scott's cult classic film. Consistent with the sordid vision of 21st century Los Angeles crafted by Dick and Scott, Jeter creates a stylish piece of thrilling, futuristic suspense that finds Deckard not only in the role of hunter, but also hunted. Again, Deckard is on the trail of an replicant, not knowing that it may be the most elusive and dangerous android of all.
[From Publishers Weekly] Jeter's recent spate of tie-in novels (a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel, etc.)?his primary production since Wolf Flow (1992)?likely has reached its apex with this book, which notably is not a sequel to the late Philip K. Dick's classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? but to the hit film based on it, Blade Runner. That movie, set in an apocalyptically dismal L.A. of the near future, became a cult classic, especially after the release of the director's cut, which raised ambiguities scarcely hinted at in the original version. Jeter trades on these uncertainties as the replicant-hunter Deckard returns from Northern California to search for an alleged sixth replicant. Several characters from the movie make appearances here, including a few believed to be dead. Most significant is Roy Batty, who claims to be the human upon whom one of the replicants was based; in his own search for the sixth replicant, Batty teams up with a medically enhanced Dave Holden, Deckard's former partner, who is at various times convinced that virtually everyone in the novel is a replicant. Like Dick, Jeter has a gift for limning believable conspiracies wherever a character turns. Featuring numerous questions of identity and twists of plot, as well as masterful depictions of a decaying L.A. reminiscent of Jeter's Madlands, this novel should fascinate even readers new to the Blade Runner universe.
[From Booklist] Blade Runner, the ingenious movie version of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, has been widely acclaimed as one of the best sf films. With Dick long gone, Jeter undertakes the further adventures of twenty-first-century L.A. detective Deckard, whose recent narrow victory over a violent android "replicant" prompted a retreat to the wilderness with his replicant lover Rachel. But there is at least one more vendetta-minded replicant still on the loose. Sarah Tyrell, sole surviving heir to the powerful replicant-manufacturing Tyrell Corporation and the human model for Rachel, pulls Deckard out of retirement and into a no-win predicament. Not only are there more replicants than anyone guessed, but Deckard is now wanted for the murder of Pris, who was not, as he had assumed, a replicant but fully human. Jeter masterfully reproduces the gritty film noir atmosphere of the movie while providing previously undisclosed and fascinating character background. Must reading for the film's large cult following. --By Carl Hays
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