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Eduardo Gaff is a veteran Blade Runner working for the LAPD, alongside Rick Deckard, Holden, and Captain Bryant in 2019. Gaff meets Deckard shortly after his final fight with Roy Batty, complimenting him on a job well-done. He mockingly notes, referring to Rachael,
It’s too bad she won’t live, but then again, who does?
Later, while Deckard retrieves Rachael from his apartment and they make their escape, he notices one of Gaff’s origami creations outside his apartment, that of a unicorn like the one in Deckard’s dreams. After recalling Gaff’s enigmatic final words, Deckard leaves.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? takes place in 1992 (2021 in more recent editions of the novel), several years after the fallout resulting from World War Terminus decimated much of Earth. In the aftermath, the United Nations encourages people to emigrate to Off-world colonies to preserve the human race from the effects of the radioactive dust. One incentive is that each emigrating family will receive a custom-built android servant (derogatorily referred to as an “andy.”).
On post-war Earth life forms, natural and artificial, are classified on hierarchies. Animals are considered endlessly precious, humans are considered less so and androids are considered meaningless. After their sexual encounter, Rosen explains this to Deckard, “That goat. You love that goat more than you love me, more than you love your wife probably” (page 177).
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Dick’s inspiration for the central plot point involving androids which are indistinguishable from humans came from specific factors in his own life experience.