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While in an interview, Dick says that "everything in A Scanner Darkly I actually saw," in the author's note for the book, in which he makes the dedication you mention, he says: I myself, I am not a character in this novel; I am the novel.


Jason P. Vest addresses this on page 169 of his novel Future Imperfect: Philip K. Dick at the Movies. To quote from it, he states: [The director] again suggests that Arctor's dual identity seeps into the surrounding world. Arctor can no longer be certain that his perception of reality is trustworthy, because no other character objectively confirms ...


I also spent a lot of time mulling over this scene. My conclusion was also that it was Donna in a disguise, specifically (I think) a scramble-suit reprogrammed to only display one image, of Connie, that briefly malfunctioned. The fact that he saw it the same way on the tape, repeatedly, suggests too much consistency for a hallucination. I think there is ...

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