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Philip K. Dick

The philosophically oriented American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick returned obsessively to the theme of simulacra both in the form of artificial environments, events, artifacts, organisms and even worlds. Examples include the artificial humans and animals in his Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, We Can Build You, the protagonist of "The Electric Ant" and, more realistically, the fake antiques present in his The Man in the High Castle (which also deals with a counterfeit world, of sorts). The pertinently entitled The Simulacra is about a fraudulent government led by a presidential simulacrum (more specifically, an android).

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