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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Saidby Philip K. Dick
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"Dick skillfully explores the psychological ramifications of this nightmare."—The New York Times Review of Books
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for— identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia—in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula.
Jason Taverner—world-famous talk show host and man-about-town—wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is—including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person’s identity be erased overnight?
Altered reality, genetic enhancement and drugs combine to create one of the most popular and enduring science fiction novels from award-winning novelist Philip K. Dick.
Grappling with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for—identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopias—Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is both a rollicking chase story and a meditation on reality. Jason Taverner—talk show host and man-about-town—wakes one day to find that no one knows who he is. In a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner must evade the secret police while trying to unravel the mystery of why no one remembers him.
Jason Taverner is one of the biggest stars in the world, with a nightly talk show and millions of adoring fans. So it is extremely strange when he wakes up one morning and no one knows who he is. But more dangerous than his family and friends not recognizing him, is the fact that the totalitarian government's vast databases have no record of him either. In a world where not having papers is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters.
Combining some of Philip K. Dick's classic tropes—altered reality, genetic enhancement, drugs— and placing a memorable cast of characters into an all-too-plausible dystopia makes Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said one of Dick's most popular and enduring novels.
About the Author
Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
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