A Scanner Darkly

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.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572174

Category: Fiction

Page: 289

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Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug-dealer, both using and selling the mind-altering Substance D. Fred is a law enforcement agent, tasked with bringing Bob down. It sounds like a standard case. The only problem is that Bob and Fred are the same person. In order to infiltrate the drug ring he hopes to bring down, Fred has had to use Substance D, but Substance D, or "Slow Death," causes the consciousness to split in two, creating distinct personalities that are entirely unaware of the other's existence. Now, Bob must keep from being caught by Fred, while Fred must keep his suspicious superiors at bay. In this semi-autobiographical novel, Dick looks back on his own drug abuse and his own friends who he lost to drugs. By turns thrilling, mind-bending, laught-out-loud funny, and heart-wrenchingly sad, A Scanner Darkly is an award-winning book made into a cult film and may just be Dick's best novel.


A Scanner Darkly

Arctor shields his identity from those in the drug subculture and from the police. (The requirement that narcotics agents remain anonymous, to avoid collusion and other forms of corruption, becomes a critical plot point late in the book.) ...

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The protagonist is Bob Arctor, member of a household of drug users, who is also living a double life as an undercover police agent assigned to spy on Arctor's household. Arctor shields his identity from those in the drug subculture and from the police. (The requirement that narcotics agents remain anonymous, to avoid collusion and other forms of corruption, becomes a critical plot point late in the book.) While posing as a drug user, Arctor becomes addicted to "Substance D" (also referred to as "Slow Death", "Death" or "D"), a powerful psychoactive drug.


Vintage PKD

Vintage PKD features extracts from The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly, VALIS, and stories including “The Days of Perky Pat,” “A Little Something for Us Tempunauts," and “I Hope ...

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307430049

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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A master of science fiction, a voice of the changing counterculture, and a genuine visionary, Philip K. Dick wrote about reality, entropy, deception, and the plight of being alive in the modern world. Through his remarkable career Dick has established himself as a writer of the first order and his dreams of the future have proven to be eerily prophetic and even more prescient than when he wrote them. Vintage PKD features extracts from The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly, VALIS, and stories including “The Days of Perky Pat,” “A Little Something for Us Tempunauts," and “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” along with essays and letters currently unavailable in book form. Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers, presented in attractive, affordable paperback editions.

Architecture and Science fiction Film

Five years before publishing A Scanner Darkly , Philip K. Dick expressed one of
his most enduring struggles — to define what makes one human . I merely mean
that possibly the difference between what I call the “ android ” mentality and the ...

Author: David Terrance Fortin

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409407485

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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The enduring paradoxes of the home are often brought to light in science-fiction (SF) writing and film. However, while crossovers between architecture and SF have proliferated, the home is often overshadowed by the spectacle of 'otherness'. By examining the home from the estranging perspective of SF, and in particular, the films based on Phillip K. Dick's books, this work offers a unique critical analysis with particular relevance for contemporary architecture.

Philip K Dick and Philosophy

While Deckard becomes more human, Arctor becomes more mechanical,
illustrating Dick's own observations in “The Android and the Human,”—written
while writing A Scanner Darkly—where he defines becoming an android as “
allowing ...

Author: D. E. Wittkower

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812697340

Category: Philosophy

Page: 355

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Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick (1928?1982) is the giant imagination behind so much recent popular culture?both movies directly based on his writings, such as Blade Runner (based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau plus cult favorites such as A Scanner Darkly, Imposter, Next, Screamers, and Paycheck and works revealing his powerful influence, such as The Matrix and Inception. With the much anticipated forthcoming publication in 2011 of volume 1 of Exegesis, his journal of spiritual visions and paranoic investigations, Dick is fast becoming a major influence in the world of popular spirituality and occult thinking. In Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Who Adjusts the Adjustment Bureau?, twenty Dick fans and professional thinkers confront the fascinating and frightening ideas raised by Dick's mind-blowing fantasies. Is there an alien world behind the everyday reality we experience? If androids can pass as human, should they be given the same consideration as humans? Do psychotics have insights into a mystical reality? Would knowledge of the future free us or enslave us? This volume will also include Dick's short story "Adjustment Team," on which The Adjustment Bureau is based. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy explores the ideas of Philip K. Dick in the same way that he did: with an earnest desire to understand the truth of the world, but without falsely equating earnestness with a dry seriousness. Dick's work was replete with whimsical and absurdist presentations of the greatest challenges to reason and to humanity?paradox, futility, paranoia, and failure?and even at his darkest times he was able to keep some perspective and humor, as for example in choosing to name himself ?Horselover Fat' in VALIS at the same time as he relates his personal religious epiphanies, crises, and delusions. With the same earnest whimsy, we approach Philip K. Dick as a philosopher like ourselves?one who wrote almost entirely in thought-experiments and semi-fictional world-building, but who engaged with many of the greatest questions of philosophy throughout the Euro-American tradition. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy has much to offer for both serious fans who have read many of his novels and stories, and for those who may have just recently learned his name, and realized that his work has been the inspiration for several well-known and thought-provoking films. Most chapters start with one or more of the movies based on Dick's writing. From here, the authors delve deeper into the issues by bringing in philosophers' perspectives and by bringing in Dick's written work. The book invites the reader with a casual familiarity with Dick to get to know his work, and invites the reader with little familiarity with philosophy to learn more. At the same time, we have new perspectives and challenging connections and interpretations for even the most hard-core Dick fans, even though we never speak to ?insiders” only. To maximize public interest, the book prominently addresses the most widely-known films, as well as those with the most significant fan followings: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Along with these ?big five” films, a few chapters address his last novels, especially VALIS, which have a significant cult following of their own. There are also chapters which address short stories and novels which are currently planned for adaptation: Radio Free Albemuth (film completed, awaiting distribution), The Man in the High Castle (in development by Ridley Scott for BBC mini-series), and ?King of the Elves” (Disney, planned for release in 2012).

Blade Runner and the Cinema of Philip K Dick

A study of the classic science fiction film 'Blade Runner' (1982) and movies based on the fiction of Philip K. Dick (1928-1982).

Author: Jeremy Robinson

Publisher: Crescent Moon Pub

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Category: Performing Arts

Page: 201

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A study of the classic science fiction film 'Blade Runner' (1982) and movies based on the fiction of Philip K. Dick (1928-1982).

Counterfeit Worlds

Philip K . Dick ' s fractured reality is explored in Richard Linklater ' s A Scanner
Darkly , a tale of drug abuse and surveillance inspired by the author ' s real life . .
. “ I am not a character in the novel ; I am the novel . ” — Philip K . Dick , Author ' s
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Author: Brian J. Robb

Publisher: Titan Books

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Solar Lottery

The universe is not nearly as random as it appears in this fun, pulpy early work from the award-winning science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572611

Category: Fiction

Page: 202

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The universe is not nearly as random as it appears in this fun, pulpy early work from the award-winning science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.

Now Wait for Last Year

Earth is in the crossfire of a war between two alien civilizations. Dr. Eric Sweetscent has seen Earth's harrowing future and now questions whether to attempt to change it.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054757231X

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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Earth is in the crossfire of a war between two alien civilizations. Dr. Eric Sweetscent has seen Earth's harrowing future and now questions whether to attempt to change it.

Eye in the Sky

A wry look at how different people see the world, told in the caustically fun style of award-winning science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572549

Category: Fiction

Page: 243

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A wry look at how different people see the world, told in the caustically fun style of award-winning science fiction novelist Philip K. Dick.

The Man in the High Castle

The basis for the Amazon Original series It’s America in 1962.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547601204

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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“The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick’s career.” —New York Times It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award–winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake. Winner of the Hugo Award

Philip K Dick

Who was Philip K. Dick?

Author: Andrew M. Butler

Publisher: Old Castle

ISBN: 9781904048923

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Who was Philip K. Dick? A freaked-out junkie who took too many drugs? An explorer of madness who got too close to his subject? A practical joker? The most consitently brilliant SF writer in the world? At a time when most SF was about cowboys in outer space, Dick explored the landscapes of the mind.

Mind in Motion

Drugs , Hallucinations , and A Scanner Darkly “ Mors ontologica . Death of the
spirit . The identity . The essential nature . ” These words in a final chapter of A
Scanner Darkly succinctly summarize the novel . It is about “ the winter of the
spirit .

Author: Patricia S. Warrick

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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Discussed here are the eight novels that Patricia Warrick considers representative of Dick’s finest writing—the works that will become classics, including The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Warrick shows that Dick had a remarkable sense of the cultural transformation taking place in the last half of the 20th century. Dick points out the cracks in our institutions, our ideologies, and our value systems that will inevitably lead to their collapse. His moral vision perceived a universe of infinite possibility, with shapes that constantly transformed themselves—a universe in process. And his mind was a mind in motion, constantly questioning, finding answers, rejecting them in order to seek other possibilities. For Dick, having fixed, unchangeable answers was tantamount to entropy and death.

Valis

Horselover Fat begins receiving what he considers to be divine revelations that imply extraterrestrial forces are interfering in the affairs of the Earth.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572417

Category: Fiction

Page: 271

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The first book in Philip K. Dick's final trilogy (followed by The Divine Invasion andThe Transmigration of Timothy Archer), VALIS encapsulates many of the themes that Dick was obsessed with over the course of his career. A disorienting and bleakly funny novel,VALIS (which stands for Vast Active Living Intelligence System) is about a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip Dick); the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser.VALIS is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime. Taking place in the same universe as Dick's soon-to-be-published Exegesis,VALIS is a dense novel, but one that is absolutely essential to understanding the author's off-kilter worldview. Much like Dick himself, the reader is left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and what the price is for divine inspiration.

Sight and Sound

Fast Food Nation arrived at Cannes last year alongside Linklater ' s paranoid ,
Philip K . Dickderived future noir A Scanner Darkly , prompting some speculation
about the hardening political agenda of a director who has always been engaged
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Ubik

A dead man sends haunting warnings back from the grave, and Joe Chip must solve these mysteries to determine his own real or surreal existence.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572298

Category: FICTION

Page: 227

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A dead man sends haunting warnings back from the grave, and Joe Chip must solve these mysteries to determine his own real or surreal existence.

Flesh factor

Phillip K . Dick , A Scanner Darkly . If it were true that humans and machines are
diametric. Beyond the Machine Technology and Posthuman Freedom According
to the introductory statement for this conference discussion , man and machine ...

Author: Christine Schöpf

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Category: Art and technology

Page: 447

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Seit nunmehr fast zwei Jahrzehnten hat sich die Ars Electronica als Festival fA1/4r "Kunst, Technologie und Gesellschafta zu einem international maAgeblichen Forum fA1/4r die Auseinandersetzung mit den sozio-kulturellen Dimensionen der digitalen Revolution etabliert. "FleshFactor a " Informationsmaschine Menscha a " unter diesem Titel wird bei der Ars Electronica 97 der Mensch zum Thema. Angesichts der aktuellen Erkenntnisse, Ideen und Leistungen von Gentechnologie, Neuroscience und Netzwerk-Intelligenz, geht es um den Stellenwert des Individuums in diesen vernetzten kA1/4nstlichen Systemen, um den menschlichen KArper als letztes Original, um Beziehungs- und Orientierungsstrategien der Antipoden Mensch und Maschine im wechselseitigen ProzeA von Adaption und Assimilation. Die Publikation ist geprAgt von einem interdisziplinAren Diskurs zwischen Wissenschaftlern, Philosophen und KA1/4nstlern.

The Man Who Japed

A humorous, light-hearted story about one man's fight against a puritanical totalitarian government from the award-winning Philip K. Dick.

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547572530

Category: Fiction

Page: 172

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A humorous, light-hearted story about one man's fight against a puritanical totalitarian government from the award-winning Philip K. Dick.