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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 ...

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Overview

"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?

Stunningly plausible in its portrayal of a neo-fascist America, where everyone informs on everyone else, this Orwellian novel bores deeply into the bedrock of the self--and plants dynamite at its center. "Fifty or a hundred years from now, Dick's world will stand alone on its own terms."--Norman Spinrad.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A TV celebrity of the near future suddenly finds that he has no identity in this SF variation on the amnesia novel, which suffers from an inadequate ending. 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. July
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"Dick [was] many authors: a poor man's Pynchon, an oracular postmodern, a rich product of the changing counterculture" Village Voice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547572253
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 181,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

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    More Than a Book

    Okay, I'm an avid PKD fan, and this is my number one favorite book by him, for several reasons. The characters are amazing, and the plot sticks in my mind like no other, but what urged me to read this book is the phenomenon behind it that I read about online. You can look it up yourself, but basically what happened was, 4 years after PKD wrote the book, he started meeting people with the same names as the people in this book, and unintentionally living out actual scenes from it, too. Weird? Of course, that's why we love PKD, isn't it? My favorite book from my favorite author, everyone should read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    Good Overall, but flawed in particulars

    I thought the atmosphere this book creates is provoking, disturbing and something people really need to grapple with in these times of the USA PATRIOT ACT--that anyone who does not want to live in a society based on checkpoints and political police around every corner and surveillance in every aspect of one's life needs to find ways to struggle against--which is a crucial and central theme of this book. A criticism I do have is that all the female characters are very manipulative and simple minded, as this is the only one of his book's I've read so far, I'm not sure if he is mysogynist or its just a limitation this novel has, although I still think it's worth reading and thinking about in the larger context of today's 'war without end' political and military-speak.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    Refreshingly different from other sci-fi books...

    Surprisingly ahead of its time, its not for everyone but I thought it was excellent. Its a quick read, but fans of the genre who are looking for something outside of the ordinary will enjoy the strangeness of this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    We are all in this together...

    For the most part, science fiction in the 50's and up into the '70's dealt with how wonderful all modern inventions were going to make our lives (probably Charlie Chaplin's 'Modern Times' as well as H.G. Wells' 'Things to Come' are an exception). Most of Philip K. Dick's works deal with the modern world, given the power of technology. Many of his novels (including this one) deal with real human drives of power and control -- and given the power of technology. This novel beautifully expresses Phil's view that there is something good and wonderful in all of us -- and that we don't need technology, fame, or power to be -- just be. These themes are also explored in 'The Galactic Pot Healer', as well as 'Do Anroids Dream of Electric Sheep' -- filmed as the movie Blade Runner.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 5, 2013

    Glitterstar

    Thanks, Stormy...
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    Sh*t d**n d**g b******t s**k p**s and any words referring to the genital area...
    And unless you have reason please refrain from name calling such as...
    Jerk moron stupid idiot j*****s
    I know some of those aren't considered swears, but I don't like to read them or hear them, so don't use them.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Who am I?

    Tackles the funadamental issues of identity and makes you question what makes you who you are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    good stuff

    everyone should check out the movie 'Waking Life' then read this book.

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