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A Scanner Darkly Paperback – October 18, 2011
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A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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The `basics:' Bob Arctor is a drug dealer who is also Fred, a narc working undercover with the LAPD to bust a big time drug dealer named...Bob Arctor. Bob/Fred's drug of choice, Substance D(eath), gradually splits the user's brain into two separate halves, corroding the interaction between the hemispheres and rendering one a split-personality veering chaotically close to schizophrenia. Bob doesn't realize he's Fred, and vice-versa (except in moments of rare epiphany). As anyone who has read VALIS can attest, the real-life events from which this story is based occurred to Dick in the beginning of the `70's, and most of his fiction afterward were attempts for him to glean and get down the life-shattering experience. _A Scanner Darkly_ was debatably his most successful attempt, and certainly his most lucid.Read more ›
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I decided to start reading some of the work of Phillip K. Dick and for now I'm relying on the titles available at my local library. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Chris
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first I've read by PKD. He displays a verbal dexterity here that runs along the contours of the story, weaving up and down, in and out as the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jason Gordon
In polite nerdspeak, its a "mind-frack". With all the hype over MITHT I thought this one would get some good press. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Joseph Covey
One of the family of trippy science fiction works by PKD. Perfectly captures his layered reality and concentric plots. Well worth whatever struggle may be present in reading it.Published 1 month ago by Michael Orr
This is one of my all time favorite books. There's also a movie that is very much like the book and I recommend the movie as well, it has many good actors in it such as robert... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rose
I've always been a fan of PKD but this one is probably my favorite. It's fast-paced and really gives a sense of the paranoia its characters are feeling, blurring the line between... Read morePublished 2 months ago by idiosophy