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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly (1977)

by Philip K. Dick

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    Aeryion: The world of Rubicon Harvest seems to be a mixed homage to both Scanner Darkly and A Clockwork Orange in the way the sub-culture of designer drugs are used and abused and how their importance interplay with the expression of self and the experience of perception on reality. The synthetic neurocotic Symphony makes Substance D look like Tic-Tacs. Rubicon Harvest deserves it's place among the medicated plots of these other great postmodern works of spec-fiction!… (more)

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A strange and troubling and touching tribute to the world of drug use in the '60s. Excellently written, of course. ( )
  electrascaife | Oct 8, 2016 |
My introduction to Philip K. Dick. An incredible story told so simply. Anyone who has danced with any form of addiction will see themselves and their friends in here. ( )
  M.Rudd | Aug 1, 2016 |
Bleak perspective on drug culture. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jul 1, 2016 |
February 2012: Bob Archter is our main character. He’s also known as Fred, a police narc. As happens w/ many a narc, Bob soon gets addicted to the drugs he takes in order to insinuate himself in the druggy culture. But we begin the story through the eyes of Jerry, the addict who’s convinced that biting aphids have taken over his body and life. Jerry’s friend, the addict Luckman, lives and hangs out w/ Bob Archter, and their mutual roommate Jim Bell. Bob’s girlfriend, Donna Hawthorne, is also his drug dealer. Archter is addicted to drugs, and eventually he's sent to rehab at New Path. There he becomes a guy named Bruce. Donna and a New Path worker, Mike, are investigating New Path b/c they think it’s a drug manufacturer. It generates Substance D and then profits, in terms of free labor, from the latas that Substance D creates. But what’s New Path’s larger goal? World domination.
Intercalated in the novel’s narrative are German sentences and bits of Pauline scripture: “We see through a glass or scanner darkly.”

March 2011: A drug-addicted police narc is our protagonist. This book simply messes with your head. More than that, A Scanner Darkly, has something profound to say about the nature of human life itself -- or so it seemed to me. The novel's denouement felt like a religious experience in and of itself. Amazing. Profound. Darkly funny. Bonus: Dick pulls in German quotes from Goethe's Faust and Beethoven's Fidelio. Bonus Downside: the audiobook narrator can't read or pronounce German to save his life, so I had to purchase a hardcopy of the novel just to read the German bits. I mean come on; if you can pay for Paul Giamati (sp? the actor) to read the book, certainly you could spring for an actual German reader to read the bits that Giamati (again, sp?) absolutely schlaughterzah, no? But that's only a minor complaint; don't let my teutonosnobbery scare you away. If you don't care about German, you won't care about Giamati's pronunciation gaffes, nor will your audiobook experience be tainted in the slightest. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
95 pages in, i realized there was no point in reading the remaining ~180 pages because I didn't care how the plot ended,
  dickmanikowski | Mar 11, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Philip K. Dickprimary authorall editionscalculated
Burgdorf, Karl-UlrichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gasser, ChristianAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, AlexanderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
North, HeidiCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ochagavia, CarlosCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Once a guy stood all day shaking bugs from his hair.
Era uma vez um tipo que passava todo o dia a catar piolhos. O médico disse-lhe que não tinha piolhos.
Robert Arctor halted. Stared at them, at the straights in their fat suits, their fat ties, their fat shoes, and he thought, Substance D can't destroy their brains; they have none.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679736654, Paperback)

Mind- and reality-bending drugs factor again and again in Philip K. Dick's hugely influential SF stories. A Scanner Darkly cuts closest to the bone, drawing on Dick's own experience with illicit chemicals and on his many friends who died from drug abuse. Nevertheless, it's blackly farcical, full of comic-surreal conversations between people whose synapses are partly fried, sudden flights of paranoid logic, and bad trips like the one whose victim spends a subjective eternity having all his sins read to him, in shifts, by compound-eyed aliens. (It takes 11,000 years of this to reach the time when as a boy he discovered masturbation.) The antihero Bob Arctor is forced by his double life into warring double personalities: as futuristic narcotics agent "Fred," face blurred by a high-tech scrambler, he must spy on and entrap suspected drug dealer Bob Arctor. His disintegration under the influence of the insidious Substance D is genuine tragicomedy. For Arctor there's no way off the addict's downward escalator, but what awaits at the bottom is a kind of redemption--there are more wheels within wheels than we suspected, and his life is not entirely wasted. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

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A drug dealer of the future periodically moves away from his spaced-out world to become an informer for narcotics agents until he becomes unable to separate his two personalities.

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