A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly is a semi-autobiographical, science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick that channels the author's deeply personal experiences with the 1960/70s drug culture. It is one of Dick's best known works and is the basis for the 2006 film adaptation by Richard Linklater. Review copy of the first printing hardcover edition, with publisher's publicity slip laid in. Octavo bound in beige paper boards with black lettering on spine. Date code "G51" on the lower right margin of page 216. [Levack 36a].

Fine in a nearly fine dust jacket with some minor wear.

ISBN: 0385016131
Item#: 10118
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: New York: Doubleday, 1977.
Edition: First Edition, First Printing

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick is a semi-autobiographical, science fiction novel set in a dystopian, then-future (1994) Orange County, California. The book's protagonist, Bob Arctor, leads a double life as narcotics agent trying to determine who is supplying the streets with Substance D, a highly addictive drug that destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres which leads to irreversible brain damage. While posing as a drug user, Arctor becomes addicted to Substance D and gradually loses his grip on reality. It is one of Dick's darkest and most serious works. Dick said in an interview that "everything in A Scanner Darkly I actually saw." In the afterword, Dick dedicates the book to a list of friends who suffered either brain damage or death because of their drug use. He includes himself in the list.

Winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel, 1978. Basis for the 2006 film adaptation written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film stars Keanu Reeves as Bob Arctor, and also features Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder. The film was shot digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope, an animation technique where animators trace over the original footage frame by frame, resulting in a distinctive animated look.