Tear Jerker / A Scanner Darkly

  • The ending, but also the author's note as he memorializes his friends who died or suffered catastrophic organ/brain damage due to drugs.
    • 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.
    This has been a story about people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. I loved them all. Here is a list, to whom I dedicate my love.
    To Gaylene, Deceased
    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