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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
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A Scanner Darkly (1977)

by Philip K. Dick

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    Rubicon Harvest by C. W. Kesting (Aeryion)
    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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Very interesting take on drug use and what it does to the mind; ( )
  longhorndaniel | Jul 19, 2017 |
"Happiness, he thought, is knowing you got some pills." And in this tale, the pills are Substance D - Death. Just watch out for aphids!

This is just a weird, trippy book! Sometimes I didn't understand it, and sometimes I understood it all too well! I loved the spaced out conversations, like the one about bike gears, because they felt so much like real drugged out discussions I've heard over the years! The whole book is just one big trip, but worth reading! Unless, of course, you are Bob Arctor/Fred/Bruce. That poor bastard... ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jul 5, 2017 |
Drug addicts and an undercover agent who may or may not also be a drug addict. There's a lot of pseudo-philosophy and random "what if it's all a bad trip" hints but mostly it's druggies having inane conversations about nothing in particular. I guess it's supposed to be funny? I don't know. I was bored. ( )
  melydia | Jun 2, 2017 |
Oh, drugs. Is there anything you can't do? ( )
1 vote Jon_Hansen | Apr 9, 2017 |
An interestingly confusing take on what drugs can and eventually will do to yourself, especially when confused between personas. Also, the ending made me really feel for the main character, ( )
  Arianwen16 | Jan 4, 2017 |
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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
Webb, TrevorCover 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.
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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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