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Twentieth-century witnessed grand global wars including World War I, World War II and the Cold War. All these wars echoed in literature and showed the reader different representations or some predictions related to them. Especially, dystopian fiction began to flourish after such wars. As one of these wars, the Cold War led Philip K. Dick to write his work titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Seed, 1999). As Seed states in his book, the Cold War was a metaphor and the War itself also was structured around metaphors that are actualized in post-war science fictions in different narrations. In that sense, we see the echoes of the Cold War in Dick's novel as well, which sets in the post-apocalyptic world after a nuclear global war named World War Terminus. This war gives the reader an alternative end to the nuclear war which resulted in the devastation of earth and emigration to Mars. Through this post-war depiction, Dick explores the question “What is human?” by using posthuman entities like androids and artificial animals. We can assert that Dick tries to show the reader the blurry connection between human beings and androids by using empathy, authentic and artificial animals and the theology called Mercerism in his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
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