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

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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.


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A. Scanner. Darkly. Devices for storing and replaying human life are shifting from
Hollywood fantasy to science fact ... The movie adaptation of Philip K Dick's novel
A Scanner Darkly involves a lot of drug abuse, but also introduces the scanner ...

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Cult Writers

A Scanner Darkly (1977) pushed the question of identity to its limit – and drew on
Dick's own experiences within the West Coast drug culture – when an
undercover police agent pursues a suspect whose excessive drug use stops the
cop ...

Author: Ian Haydn Smith

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: 0711250642

Category: Literary Criticism

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Cult Writers handpicks 50 notable figures from the modern world of literature and explores the creative genius that earned them the cult label, while celebrating the works that made their names. What makes a cult writer? Whether pioneering in their craft, fiercely and undeniably unique or critically divisive, cult writers come in all shapes and guises. Some gain instant fame, others instant notoriety, and more still remain anonymous until a chance change in fashion sees their work propelled into the limelight. In Cult Writers Ian Haydn Smith introduces 50 novelists deserving of a cult status. The literary genres and subjects explored within these writers’ pages are rich and diverse – acting as mirrors of their genius minds: from Irvine Welsh’s gritty Edinburgh streets, to Ken Kesey’s drug-fuelled madness; from feminist trailblazer Sylvia Plath to the magical realism of Angela Carter. Discover little knowns with small, devout followings and superstars gracing the covers of magazines: each writer is special in their individuality and their ability to inspire, antagonise and delight. With colourful and quirky illustrations by Kristelle Rodeia, Cult Writers is an essential addition to any book lover's library, as well as an entertaining introduction to our weird and wonderful world of literature. The Writers: Kathy Acker, James Baldwin, J.G. Ballard, Mikhail Bulgakov, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Octavia E. Butler, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Angela Carter, Colette, Maryse Conde, Julio Cortazar, Philip K. Dick, Douglas Coupland, Marguerite Duras, Ralph Ellison, Elena Ferrante, Janet Frame, Jean Genet, Joseph Heller, Michel Houellebecq, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Ken Kesey, Chris Kraus, Milan Kundera, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, Cormac McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Yukio Mishima, Haruki Murakami, Anais Nin, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Queneau, Ayn Rand, Pauline Reage, Jean Rhys, Juan Rulfo, Francoise Sagan, J.D. Salinger, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Donna Tartt, Jim Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Virginia Woolf, Irvine Welsh.

The Selected Letters of Philip K Dick 1974

They have at this time at least $ 500 due me in the form of royalties on FLOW MY
TEARS , so find out what I must send to add to that in order to reobtain all rights
on A SCANNER DARKLY . I ' d estimate I need send only a little over $ 700 .

Author: Philip K. Dick

Publisher: Underwood Books

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Category: Authors, American

Page: 310

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Letters by the influential science fiction writer to relatives, agents, and fellow authors reveal his outlook on life and his fiction

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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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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Category: Performing Arts

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PERFORMING ARTS/Film/Guides & Reviews

Anime Intersections

This tendency is most eloquently attested to by Richard Linklater ' s A Scanner
Darkly ( 2006 ) , a filmic adaptation of Philip K . Dick ' s novel of the same title
wherein the unparalleled degrees of realism afforded by the rotoscope are further
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Author: Dani Cavallaro

Publisher: McFarland

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Page: 209

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"The main body of the text comprises nine chapters, each of which is a detailed analysis of a production and explores the developments in works such as Ninja Scroll, Perfect Blue, and Howl's Moving Castle. The final chapter examines the impact of the medium within Western contexts"--Provided by publisher.

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

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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.

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.

Foundation

Coming back to Dick for a second , I ' d have to say my favorite of his that I ' ve
read is A Scanner Darkly . I don ' t think any book has ever made me laugh so
hard . I got it when I was at Seacon in Brighton . I really had a good time there ,
lying ...

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The World Philip K Dick Made

It is as if Valis itself is , politically speaking , occluded in comparison to A Scanner
Darkly . — no longer knowing the sources of its own angst . Fat's theories about
the Empire marked by Dick's most humorless rereading of Palmer Eldritch and A
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Twentieth century American Science fiction Writers

In A Scanner Darkly Dick arrives at what one reviewer has called his “ enigmatic
best . " A detailed account of a future drug culture , it weaves a plot in which Fred ,
an undercover narcotics agent , and Robert Arctor , a user , are one and the ...

Author: Gale Cengage

Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Company

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Contains critical/biographical studies of American science-fiction writers who began writing after 1900 and before 1970.

Haunted Communities

Chapter Four - Dehistoricizing the Sixties : Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly It
was like a plague . No one could discern how much was due to drugs . This time
in America - 1960 to 1971 - and this place , the Bay Area of Northern California ...

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Film Review

A SCANNER DARKLY AMERICAN DIRECTOR RICHARD Linklater has always
been something of an experimental film - maker ; from his on - a - budget classic
Slacker ( 1991 ) to modern love story Before Sunset ( 2004 ) he ' s never shied ...

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The Nation

films Dazed and Confused STUART KLAWANS A SCANNER DARKLY
EXCELLENT CADAVERS et's say you could extract a gram of pure cocaine from
a common aerosol product, using only a plastic bag and the freezer compartment
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Search for Philip K Dick 1928 1982

7 • THE SCANNER DARKLY YEARS . . . and let me know how you like my new
book , A Scanner Darkly . It is an autobiographical novel , and so I thought you
might want to read it , since it describes a very bad and sad time in your father ' s
life ...

Author: Anne R. Dick

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The Missouri Review

Doubleday went up to three thousand dollars advance for my new book , A
Scanner Darkly . They said that that was the most they could go for a " science
fiction " novel . So after they had acquired it for three thousand dollars , they
turned it ...

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