These novels narrate the sense of an ending while resisting closure; they are not warnings about the future, but rather a narration of the present, offering a critique but stopping short of envisioning an alternative.
The 'Blade Runner' story in its various iterations has always been so much more than Screenwriter 101 tricks to generate sympathy. Going right back to 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', the story is about—or in fact, the story entirely is—empathy.
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