!!> Read ➳ Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (S.F. MASTERWORKS) ➶ Author Philip K. Dick – Tactical-player.co.uk
This book had one of the best settings for PKD that I ve read It was a very dystopian police state Universities had become places surrounded by fences and the students and teachers were forced to live underground If they escaped they were put into forced labour camps Black people had been sterilised to solve the race problem It was all very grim This was set against a character who was a top entertainer, fundamentally better than everyone else who because he had disappeared from reality finally got to see reality for the first time Despite oozing charisma supposedly he was definitely one of the least likeable of Dick s characters He never seemed to be quite able to believe that he really had lost everything and never seemed to be that psychologically damaged or properly paranoid about the changes around him He did however meet some very interesting women along the way A young ID forger who was an escaped mental patient, a woman into S M and drugs, a timid potter They were all only met briefly but were very real despite the sci fi setting The book not only touched on the usual themes of distorted reality and drugs but also the nature of fame, racism and fascism I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my favourite all time stories, I have a paperback version of this from year ago and its a go to book for me when I need a really good readCan t help putting Killian from the Running Man in Jason Taverners role, its a close match I think Jason Taverner occupies a privileged position as a well known and wealthy entertainer in a dystopian society He s got it all And then loses it all, overnight He becomes a non person, pursued by the police, suddenly unknown to his closest acquaintances and not even a birth certificate on file Let the game commence If you ve read P K Dick before, you will recognise familiar themes principally, the nature of reality but it definitely doesn t feel tired Not to me anywayI am a fan There s real tension, great dialogue and a fast paced story No, your questions will not be answered at the end but that s all part of the fun Recommend Jason Taverner is a Six, the result of top secret government experiments forty years before which produced a handful of unnaturally bright and beautiful people and he s the prime time idol of millions until, inexplicably, all record of him disappears from the data banks Now he is a man with no identity in a police state where everybody s records are monitored Can he ever be rich and famous again If indeed those memories are not illusions from the backcoverAnother fine work by Philip K Dick 1928 1982 , exploring the themes of what is real and what is it to be human.Flow My Tears The Policeman Said was a Nebula Award nominee in 1974 a John W Campbell Award winner in 1975 a Hugo Award nominee in 1975 and a Locus Award nominee, again in 1975 The most consistently brilliant SF writer in the world John Brunner Dick quietly produced serious fiction in a popular form and there can be no greater praise Michael Moorcock One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Philip K Dick made most of the European avant guarde seem navel gazers in a cul de sac Sunday Times He was the funniest SF writer of his time, and perhaps the most terrifying Encyclopedia of Science FictionIf you are new to Philip K Dick s work I would also recommend the following novels which generally seem to be regarded as among his best The Man In The High Castle S.F Masterworks Ubik S.F Masterworks Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep S.F Masterworks The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch S.F Masterworks Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said S.F Masterworks That said, though some of PKD s works are better than others, to my mind they are all well worth reading I would also recommend his short story collections Beyond Lies The Wub Volume One Of The Collected Short StoriesSecond Variety Volume Two Of The Collected Short StoriesThe Father Thing Volume Three Of The Collected Short StoriesMinority Report Volume Four Of The Collected Short StoriesWe Can Remember It For You Wholesale Volume Five of The Collected Short Stories Another Classic Novel From The World S Greatest Writer Of Science FictionJason Taverner Is A Six, The Result Of Top Secret Government Experiments Forty Years Before Which Produced A Handful Of Unnaturally Bright And Beautiful People And He S The Prime Time Idol Of Millions Until, Inexplicably, All Record Of Him Is Wiped From The Data Banks Of Earth Suddenly He S A Nobody In A Police State Where Nobody Is Allowed To Be A NobodyWill He Ever Be Rich And Famous Again Was He, In Fact, Ever Rich And Famous This is another great classic Artist Gary Numan took some of his ideas from this author for some of his earlier recordings A must read. Great quality book. One of PKD s best a little dated in the technology but this really messes with your reality I felt brain damaged by the close of the novel.