* 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 ''Film/BladeRunner'' was released, based on his 1968 novel ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', a project he'd approved but didn't live to see become a cult classic.
--> This has been a story about people [[DisproportionateRetribution who were punished entirely too much for what they did]]. I loved them all. [[TheDeadHaveNames 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 [[AndThatLittleBoyWasMe 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