The following information is taken from the 1982 BR Press kit:
RUNNER -- The nickname given to those police detectives who are
specially trained in the use of the Voight-Kampff machine and whose
specific function is to track down and eliminate any replicants
that manage to escape into human society and attempt to pass as
real human beings. The official name of the Blade Runner division
-- A genetically engineered creature composed entirely of organic
substance. Animal replicants (animoids) were developed first for
use as pets and beasts of burden after most real animals became
extinct. Later, humanoid replicants were created for military purposes
and for the exploration and colonization of space. The Tyrell Corp.
recently introduced the Nexus 6, the supreme replicant -- much stronger
and faster than, and virtually indistinguishable from, real human
beings. Earth law forbids replicants on the planet, except in the
huge industrial complex where they are created. The law does not
consider replicants human and therefore accords them no rights or
-- A high-density computer with a very powerful three-dimensional
resolution capacity and a cryogenic cooling system. The police cars
and Deckard's apartment contain small models which can be channelled
into the large one at police headquarters. This big apparatus is
a well-worn, retro-fitted part of the furniture. Among many functions,
the Esper can analyze and enlarge photos, enabling investigators
to search a room without being there.
- The Esper was originally conceived as one
big central computer system the police were using; the unit Deckard
used was then connected to the central L.A.P.D. mainframe; the wall
with the video screens in the briefing room was also supposed to
be part of the Esper system (the wall was dubbed the Esper Wall
by the crew).
- The January 1995 issue of NASA Tech Briefs
includes a description of an Esper-like machine called Omniview.
MACHINE -- A very advanced form of lie detector that measures contractions
of the iris muscle and the presence of invisible airborne particles
emitted from the body. The bellows were designed for the latter
function and give the machine the menacing air of a sinister insect.
The V-K is used primarily by blade runners to determine if a suspect
is truly human by measuring the degree of his empathic response
through carefully worded questions and statements.
- In the original novel, the spelling
used was in fact: VOIGT-KAMPFF; in the scripts, however, it was
spelled VOIGHT-KAMPFF. For consistency's sake, the scripts' spelling
will be used throughout this FAQ.
-- The generic term for all flying cars in use around the year 2020.
Only specially authorized people and police are licensed to operate
these remarkable vehicles, which are capable of street driving,
vertical lift-off, hovering and high-speed cruising. The Spinner
is powered by three engines -- conventional internal combustion,
jet and anti-gravity.
- Syd Mead explained in subsequent articles
that the concept was actually one of internal lift like that used
in vertical take-off aircraft today - NOT anti-gravity, ed.
- About Spinner being a "generic"
term - it has been noted that some spinners in the movie actually
display the name "Spinner", indicating Spinner would be
an actual brand name of one particular spinner manufacturer. (An
analogy might be the way 'Hoover' has become the universal term
for 'a vacuum cleaner', but you can still see vacuum cleaners made
SKIN JOB -- slang; synonymous with "replicant".
-- artificial animal, presumably created with replicant technology,
or something very similar. (Note: this term is, to my recollection,
never actually used in the film; also, the street with the animal
dealers where Deckard interrogates Abdul-Ben Hassan, the snake dealer,
is called "Animoid Row")
INCEPT DATE -- date of "birth" (or: manufacturing date, depending
on how you look at it) of replicant.
RETIREMENT -- euphemistic jargon for the termination of replicants.