Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Mass Market Paperback, 204 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2001 by Gollancz.

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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said is a 1974 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. The story follows a genetically enhanced pop singer and television star who wakes up in a world where he has never existed. The novel is set in a futuristic dystopia, where the United States has become a police state in the aftermath of a Second Civil War. It was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1974 and a Hugo Award in 1975, and was awarded the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1975.

TV star Jason Taverner is no more. Overnight, he looses his ID cards, the records about him in the official databases have strangely vanished and no one seems to know him any more. Even the songs he recorded don’t exist any more. In an oppressing police state, Jason struggels not to get arrested.

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I'm not quite sure where I end up with this book. It started out of the gate strong, gives you a good sense of the world that the main character (Jason) inhabits and then rips him out of his place in that world. And that's hunky dory, I'm on board with that.

It at first seems like the book is going with pointing out the failures of the police when they get too much power, but at times it seems to just want to use that as a reason to keep Jason bouncing from place to place. But then it keeps stopping so that the characters can have a long discussion about the meaning or application of love. The character knows he needs to leave because the police know his location, but he decides to have a long conversation instead... it's kind of weird.

And when the reveal of what's …