A Scanner Darkly
The undercover narcotics agent who calls himself Bob Arctor is desperate to discover the ultimate source of supply. Bu...more
The .gif summation:
Recipe for A Scanner Darkly:
1. Take moderate amounts of the drug of your choice (recommend one with highly hallucinogenic and paranoiac qualities)
2. Allow to simmer while reading Less Than Zero
3. Stir in a random amount of a second drug (preferably one with potential for permanent...more
Originally published in 1977 and set in the mid ‘90s, the book tells the story of Bob Arctor. Arctor appears to be just another burned out druggie who lives with a couple of other dopers, and they spend most of their time getting high on Substance D and assorted other drugs. Bob is actually an undercover nar...more
But there is a serious side:
In the novel, Fred’s mind and brain are regularly tested by police department psychologists, owing to the stress of both maintaining a dual identity, and taking drugs as part of his undercover life. Dick avoids the off-the-shelf cliché’s of ink-blots and electric shocks, as the author describes realistic test scenarios and recognisable neuropsychological tests. Worryingly for Fred, the
This book is simultaneously hilarious and heart breaking and it is a really excellent...more
No narrative tension, the writing is awful (I would quote some of it as proof, but I already got rid of my copy), and the most potentially exciting elements of the book (drug subculture and its lingo and take on friendship, multiple identities) are handled with the zest and elegance of a cut-rate rectal exam. Does that analogy even make sense? I don't think so, but neither did this book.
I've heard this was the first book he wrote after he kicked drug...more
I am having a REALLY HARD TIME with this category. I already posted a list of Five Book-to-Movie Adaptations I Don't Hate, and the only one I can come up with that probably should have been on the list that didn't make it was High Fidelity, but that's not a FAVOURITE so I don't know.
Since that's the case, I'm going to expand on one of those entries, which kind of makes me laugh because I think I've done enough talking about this author...more
A Scanner Darkly was my introduction to PKD. I picked it because the film version, which had caught my interest when it came out, but which I never got a chance to see, was On Demand but going to expire soon. A flimsy reason, but I make no apologies. The book was weird, but apparently that is normal for PKD books. There were parts I enjoyed, although overall I thought the book tried to cover too much ground and was larg...more
No, really, that's the best way to describe "A Scanner Darkly". It's half a bleakly hilarious insider satire of 1970s stoner culture, half a convincing portrait of a near-future high-tech surveillance state... kinda like the main character's double life as a cop and a drug dealer whose wares cause split personality disorder in users.
It's also clear here how much quitting the drugs in the mid-1970s changed Phil...more
At the same time, we are not like that -- it is the paradox that sp...more
Très bon livre, vraiment.
Très flippant aussi.
Pas dans le sens "horreur" mais plutôt dans le sens où on finit par s'embrouiller soi même entre le moi, le surmoi, le non moi, le moi flippé.
Séquence fiction comme il dit. C'est tellement plausible.
Et puis tout à coup on prend conscience de l'horreur de la situation. Et en même...more
Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D--which Arctor takes in massive doses--gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.
Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip
Only marginally SF – introducing a fictional mild-altering drug and a setting a couple decades in advance – it's really a treatise on the insularity, destructiveness and always entertaining flow of the hard-drug culture.
The central ch...more
I've never been a fan of Philip Dick, but that's based on a very thin acquaintance - primarily his novel The Penultimate Truth (bought decades ago and wasn't bowled over by) and his collaboration with Roger Zelazny, Deus Irae (one of Zelazny's lesser works). Maybe the occasional short story here or there.
Still, Dick is one of the acclaimed geniuses of '70s SF, so I thought I should really give him more of a try. I started with this book, which, after all, won several awards. I wish I could say i...more
So we've got a bunch of all play no work mentality junkies,to be-vegetables,burned out dopers....paranoid heads whatever you want to call them.
All of them love different dope,the foxy chick Donna prefers Hash/Opium but is also addicted to coke which she plans to hide in her snatch when she'll be crossing borders.Barris is the geek/nerd doper always reading & snobbish,whose on Mushrooms & maybe selling fake dope (view spoiler)[and we n...more
Wonderful open skull surgery on the addict's mind, A Scanner Darkly, and on the malice of the good society pointing fingers without understanding.
What society must understand is clearly stated in the author's note at the end of the novel, and I leave it to the next reader. You just feel it as you read the story anyhow, if you stay receptive.
Because everything is in our heads, the categories, the buzzing tv-set, the boils, that loose bolt if you want, a deception that does not just be...more
While Philip Dick is known for his science fiction, this is definitely a different genre entirely. It is really about a drug culture in Los Angeles in the 1970's. The...more
That pretty much sums it up. There was a machine that put out some pills and tabs and liquids you could shoot up, and you'd...more
Substance D, an omnipresent narcotizing substance available too freely, too cheaply, and consumed with too great a risk. D (for Death) has become the main and seemingly only drug the the day. Its potential for profitability turns police officers into dealers, and the addictiv...more
Def the heaviest Phillip K. Dick story I've ever read. Made more so by its semi-autobiographical nature. I'm glad to have gotten a small insight into what made the author's mind so strange though. Illustrates the sadness and abandonment of anything worldly which is entailed by serious drug addiction. This is a side of the drug community/drug phenomenon which is difficult to acknowledge because there really seems to be no solution.
The main character undergoes personalit...more
And that's exactly what happens to Bob/Fred/Bruce. I feel the author might have done this on purpose, his note at the end gives some indication of that. I'm giving it three stars, not because I think it's a good or original story, but simpl...more
For those of us that grew up with Science Fiction these are hard times. Not much hard science fiction is being written these days. Charles Sheffield, J...more
Los Angeles 1994. Una droga nuova e pericolosa, la sostanza M, invade il mercato seminando morte e follia. Bob Arctor, un agente della narcotici, si infiltra tra i tossici per arrivare agli spacciatori e poi ai capi. Ma nel frattempo inizia a provare la sostanza M, e il suo concetto di realtà ne risulta un tantino distorto, Bob gira silenzioso tra i consumatori di sostanza M (come morte) e li spia. Va alla sede della narcotici con la sua bella tuta disindividuante, e là fa rapporto sul suo opera...more
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