A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly


  • Release: 2006
  • Publisher:
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 217 page
  • ISBN: 057507681X
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Substance D -- otherwise known as Death -- is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user, and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly


  • Release: 2011
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 289 page
  • ISBN: 9780547572178
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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

A Scanner Darkly


  • Release: 1977
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 291 page
  • ISBN: 0345260643
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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 K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.

Philip K  Dick

Philip K Dick


  • Release: 2003
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 259 page
  • ISBN: 0853236186
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Once solely the possession of fans and buffs, the SF author Philip K Dick is now finding a much wider audience, as the success of the films Blade Runner and Minority Report shows. The kind of world he predicted in his funny and frightening novels and stories is coming closer to most of us: shifting realities, unstable relations, uncertain moralities. Philip K. Dick: Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern examines a wide range of Dick's work, including his short stories and posthumously published realist novels. Christopher Palmer analyzes the puzzling and dazzling effects of Dick's fiction, and argues that at its heart is a clash between exhilarating possibilities of transformation, and a frightening lack of ethical certainties. Dick's work is seen as the inscription of his own historical predicament, the clash between humanism and postmodernism being played out in the complex forms of the fiction. The problem is never resolved, but Dick's ways of imagining it become steadily more ingenious and challenging.

Vintage PKD

Vintage PKD


  • Release: 2007-12-18
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 208 page
  • ISBN: 9780307430045
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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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Literary Libations

Literary Libations


  • Release: 2018-09-04
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 224 page
  • ISBN: 9781510736610
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The definitive guide to pairing two of the world's most beloved pastimes: reading and drinking. A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. Trappist beer with Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose. Old vine California Zinfandel with The Grapes of Wrath. And don’t you dare open Bram Stoker’s Dracula on a Sunday morning without a Bloody Mary near at hand. Want to know what to pour when your book club meets to discuss the latest literary sensation? Then you need a copy of Literary Libations! Presented as a list and organized by genre, Literary Libations offers pairing recommendations for nearly two hundred works of fiction across many genres. With background information on both the book and the beverage as well as an explanation of why the pairing works this is a fantastic gift for anyone who loves to read or drink. Readers will: Learn more about the world's most iconic books. Increase their knowledge of wine, beer, and spirits. Increase their appreciation for famous authors. Learn to craft beautiful modern and classic cocktails. And gain a fun and unique way to revolutionize their book club.

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly


  • Release: 2020-07-02
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  • File: PDF, 124 page
  • ISBN: 9798663040884
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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.