Blade Runner author's family to sue Google

The family of Philip K Dick is considering suing Google over its use of the name Nexus for its new mobile phone.

Dick was the genius science fiction author who penned Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel which was eventually adapted to make Ridley Scott's seminal sci fi actioner Blade Runner. In his book, and subsequently the film, futuristic cops track down rogue androids called replicants which are virtually indistinguishable from real humans.

The most lifelike of these replicants are the Nexus 6 batch, some of whom have absconded from an off-Earth work colony and have returned to San Fransisco in order to confront their creator, the head of the Tyrell Corporation.

Isa Dick Hackett, the author's daughter, has been accused of cashing in. Google insist that the name has nothing to do with electric sheep of androids, but is based on the word's original meaning, which is a means of connection or tie derived from the latin nectere: to bind.