Sunday, May 21, 2017

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said

Philip K. Dick's Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, tells the story of Jason Taverner, a TV celebrity who wakes up one day to find that he doesn't exist - the world doesn't remember him at all. It's set in the near future of the mid 1970s (so, 1988), and the USA has become a fascist police state. Taverner has to struggle through the impositions put upon the poor of that society while trying to uncover what has happened. Being a mid 1970's novel it's full of casual drug use and even more casual sex, and it does show its age in that regard. The prose is a bit rough (as with more of Dick's work), and the sci-fi bits that explain what has happened to Taverner are a bit dodgy (but with a little effort I think could have been a lot more interesting). But it's an interesting look at the class distinctions and varying freedoms in a totalitarian society.

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