The last few times I went to the cinema a new trailer was shown with funky pseudo-animation effect. Turns out it is for a movie called A Scanner Darkly, with Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Robert Downey Jr. More importantly, it was based on a story by Philip K. Dick who also penned classics such as Does Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner), We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (Total Recall), The Minority Report (Minority Report), and Paycheck (Paycheck).
So you can guess my surprise earlier tonight when I was looking for a new book to read, now that I’ve finished Droid Maker last night, and found a mint copy of A Scanner Darkly in the midst of my bookshelf! I didn’t remember buying it but I noticed that there was a business card wedged in the first few pages so I took it out and examined it. It was a business card from the Citibank manager when I first arrived in NYC more than 5 years ago. Obviously I bought it back then and had only read a few pages before I moved onto other books. But wasn’t it coincidental that I found it now, just before the release of the movie? The scientist in me says no, but human instinct says yes…
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It is a marketing ploy. Keanu Reeves is sneaking into apartments and leaving copies of the novel as a way to entice people to go see the movie.
I am only sorry that I missed his midnight visit!
How do you know it is not Winona Ryder instead?
I could say something about tasteless about the five fingered discount but I wont.