Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly

One of Philip K Dick’s best novels is A Scanner Darkly.

 

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The story is set in a not-too-distant future, and it involves an undercover cop named Bob Arctor, who becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

 

It has recently been made into a brilliant film by Richard Linklater.

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The film stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder.

 

Here’s a scene from the film, to give you an idea of its tone and style.

 

 

If you get a chance, read Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly and watch Richard Linklater’s film version of it. They’re both very good – the novel’s worth reading for its insights into surveillance and its attendant paranoia, and the film’s worth watching for its visual style and its script – and for the superb quality of the acting.

 

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One Response to “Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly”

  1. Simon Deere Says:

    PKD is the SF master who outshines every contender to the throne. No one writes paranoia like PKD. And A Scanner Darkly is him at his paranoid best.

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