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Tear Jerker / A Scanner Darkly

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  • 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


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