A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. DickA Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly

byPhilip K. Dick

Paperback | October 18, 2011

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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 this multiple-award-winning novel, friends can become enemies, good trips can turn terrifying, and cops and criminals are two sides of the same coin.

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Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) published 36 science-fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned to deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the natur...

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Title:A Scanner DarklyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.7 inPublished:October 18, 2011Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547572174

ISBN - 13:9780547572178

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book one of dick's many great sci-fi novels
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! First Philip K. Dick book I read. It was weird, twisted, thought provoking and love the conspiracy theory element of it!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good quality PKD tale that any fan of his work should enjoy. This one tells a haunting tale of drug addiction. I like the depiction that while drugs were causing the characters psychosis the detox was almost worse. Another poignant reminder that the going up is never worth the coming down.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Love the book, and loved the movie as well
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from “Once a guy stood all day shaking bugs from his hair.” Published in 1977, this story tells us of an imagined future taking place in Orange County, California in 1994. It follows an undercover police officer who is tracking the distribution of a new drug, Substance D, that is taking over the country and causing people to lose their perception of reality and in some cases, die. Our protagonist, who goes by his undercover name Bob Arctor, poses a drug user and lives with fellow junkies in his Orange County house in an attempt to infiltrate the dealers. However, Arctor may have gone too deep, as he too becomes addicted to the Substance D. The story deals with theme of alternate personalities as Arctor is increasingly questioning who he is as the drug begins to take hold of him. He is torn between the question of if he is an undercover agent about to bring down his only friends or if he in fact has become the very type of person he was employed to bring down. This is a very insightful and prolific novel as Dick uses his real-life experiences to convey the lives of people who fall victim to drug addiction. With many thought provoking passages and interesting twists, the book is sure to keep you reading until the end, and proves to be another Philip K. Dick classic.
Date published: 2013-04-04