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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

By Silencewillfall, Blacksburg, VA

Even in the most pressing situations, the most paranoid future situations, the near-death encounters, the thrills and spills the science fiction hero deals with, they always have one thing they can rely on: they’re mind. So it makes since, in Philip K Dick’s famously dark and unsettling novels, that’s the first thing to go.

Despite A Scanner Darkly’s science fiction tropes and setting, it makes no secret of its true subject matter. It’s a tragedy about drug abuse and addiction of the 1960s, a horror story about a man’s decline into madness. There is little action to be found here; instead the writer provides plenty of suspense and all sorts of brilliant, disturbing dialogue and jeopardy.

Bob Arctor is addicted to a new street drug, Substance-D.

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