Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis both died on November 22, 1963, but their deaths were overshadowed by a more sensational death that same day: the assassination of U. S. President John F. Kennedy.
Steinbeck's dog, Toby, devoured an early draft of the story, which the author had written longhand on notepaper. Steinbeck wrote of the incident to his agent and said, "I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically."
In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, bounty hunter Rick Deckard signs on to a new police mission to earn enough money to buy a live animal to replace his electric sheep. The mission involves hunting down ("retiring") a group of six Nexus-6 androids that went rogue and fled from Mars to Earth. The book served as the primary basis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner.
Nikolai Gogol's most celebrated play was The Inspector General (1836), a comedy which told the tale of a young civil servant who finds himself stranded in a small town, mistaken for an influential government inspector. A masterpiece of dramatic satire, The Inspector General is universally respected as one of the greatest plays of the Russian theatre.