Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by 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?
 

About Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Mariner Books. 259 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Vintage also releases, for $10 each, Dick's Now Wait for Last Year (*-74220-4 ), about a doctor who is treating the world's most important and sickest man, and The World Jones Made (*-74219-0 ), about a fanatic clairvoyant.

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What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game between Taverner and Buckman, as each struggle to understand just who Taverner is and why he seems to be a non-person.

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SF Signal

Throughout the book there are a few technologies that may make the book’s future setting hard to swallow, especially when the book is being read at a time when some of those technologies are already outdated.

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When the policeman of the novel's title experiences his epiphany at the climax, embracing a black man whom he has encountered randomly at a gas station, it's as if Dick is trying to apologize for centuries of racial injustice in one weak but desperately earnest gesture.

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Or is it just Dick's hatred of the people all around him - we know that Dick wasn't one for conventions and pressing the flesh like so many mediocre writers do in lieu of any real talent.

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