Scanners Live in Vain was published after being rejected as too dark or extreme by several publishers. Times have changed and the nature of the fiction marketplace is such that the notion of this piece being too dark is quaint.
The author was a student of Asian methods of storytelling and makes occasional use of alliteration to deliver an enjoyable and engrossing experience that is complemented by the given narration.
If you enjoy science fiction then pay your money and take your ride…
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