- The ending, but also the author's note as he memorializes his friends who died or suffered catastrophic organ/brain damage due to drugs.
To Gaylene, Deceased
- Including himself, as he learned prior to writing it that his history of drug abuse had irreparably damaged his health. He died prematurely in 1982, just after Blade Runner was released, based on his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a project he'd approved but didn't live to see become a cult classic.
To Ray, Deceased
To Francy, Permanent Psychosis
To Kathy, Permanent Brain Damage
To Jim, Deceased
To Val, Massive Permanent Brain Damage
To Nancy, Permanent Psychosis
To Joanne, Permanent Brain Damage
To Maren, Deceased
To Nick, Deceased
To Terry, Deceased
To Dennis, Deceased
To Phil, Permanent Pancreatic Damage
To Sue, Permanent Vascular Damage
To Jerri, Permanent Psychosis and Vascular Damage
...And So Forth.
In memoriam. These were comrades whom I had; there are no better. They remain in my mind, and the enemy will never be forgiven. The "enemy" was their mistake in playing. Let them play again, in some other way, and let them be happy. - Philip K. Dick