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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974)

by Philip K. Dick

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Pop star Jason Taverner is the product of a top-secret government experiment that produced a selection of genetically enhanced people forty years ago. Unusually bright and beautiful, he's a television idol beloved by millions -- until one day, all records of his identity inexplicably disappear. Overnight, he has gone from being a celebrity to a being a man whom no one seems to recognize. And in a police state, having no proof of his existence is enough to put his life in danger. As Jason races to solve the riddle of his disappearance, Philip K. Dick immerses us in an Orwellian atmosphere of betrayal, secrecy, and conspiracy. Painting a horribly plausible portrait of a neo-fascist America, he explores the meaning of identity and reality in a world skewed by drugs, genetic enhancement, and a culture of celebrity.… (more)
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  soraxtm | Apr 9, 2023 |
I always enjoyed Dick's short stories but as I grow older I'm less impressed by his novels. This was an interesting premise but mostly a seedy space opera. There are a few more of his novels I will read but my expectations are now lower. ( )
  ikeman100 | Mar 25, 2023 |
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  Kavinay | Jan 2, 2023 |
The SF premise, that time and space are constructed by human perception was interesting, but the overall storyline was a bit confused and unsatisfying. ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
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Berni, OlivieroCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Curtoni, VittorioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagula, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Osterwalder, UteCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Flow my tears, fall from your springs!

Exiled forever, let me mourn;

Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,

There let me live forlorn.

(Part One)
Down, vain lights, shine you no more!

No nights are black enough for those

That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.

Light doth but shame disclose.

(Part Two)
Never may my woes be relieved,

Since pity is fled;

And tears and sights and groans my weary days

Of all joys have deprived.

(Part Three)
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The love in this novel is for Tessa,

and the love in me is for her, too.

She is my little song.
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On Tuesday, October 11, 1988, the Jason Taverner Show ran thirty seconds short.
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"Listen," he said, haltingly. "I'm going to tell you something and I want you to listen carefully. You belong in a prison for the criminally insane."
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Pop star Jason Taverner is the product of a top-secret government experiment that produced a selection of genetically enhanced people forty years ago. Unusually bright and beautiful, he's a television idol beloved by millions -- until one day, all records of his identity inexplicably disappear. Overnight, he has gone from being a celebrity to a being a man whom no one seems to recognize. And in a police state, having no proof of his existence is enough to put his life in danger. As Jason races to solve the riddle of his disappearance, Philip K. Dick immerses us in an Orwellian atmosphere of betrayal, secrecy, and conspiracy. Painting a horribly plausible portrait of a neo-fascist America, he explores the meaning of identity and reality in a world skewed by drugs, genetic enhancement, and a culture of celebrity.

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