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Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is a Philip K. Dick novel in which Jason Taverner, who is a Six (a genetically improved superhuman) as well as a singer and television star, lives in a future American police state. Soon after writing this, Dick experienced a series of coincidences in his own life, which he was intrigued by and wrote about in the essay How to Build a Universe that Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later, included as the introduction to his short story collection I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon. Image File history File links Flowmytears-v-200. ... Image File history File links Flowmytears-v-200. ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American science fiction writer. ... A police state is a political condition where the government maintains strict control over society, particularly through suspension of civil rights and often with the use of a force of secret police. ... I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon is the name of an anthology of stories written by Philip K. Dick published in 1980. ...

Jason Taverner wakes up one day into a world where he is unknown - and without any existence in the records of the State. As an ex-celebrity and an ex-citizen, he has real problems. Celebrities often have a symbiotic relationship with photographers. ... The word citizen may refer to: A person with a citizenship Citizen Watch Co. ...


Taverner's story is intertwined with those of Police General Felix Buckman, and Felix's sister (Jason's lover) Alys Buckman. Alys is a heavy user of reality-changing drugs, and the owner of the only Jason Taverner record in the new, altered, world.


The themes of celebrity, genetic enhancement, altered reality and drugs are interwoven with more homely themes to create a novel that works not only as science fiction, but also as literature.


Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said was awarded first prize in the John W. Campbell Awards for the best science-fiction novel of the year in 1975. The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel has been awarded every year since 1973, except in 1994. ... Science fiction books, magazines, film, TV, gaming and fandom material Science fiction (often called either sci-fi or sf) is a genre of fiction in which the author contrives an artificial world or universe using a literary device involving hypothetical physical, biological, technological, philosophical, historical or cultural constraints or suppositions... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


Note: the title is a reference to Flow my tears, a piece by the 16th century composer John Dowland, setting to music a poem by an anonymous author. The poem begins: (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... John Dowland (pronounced to rhyme with Roland) (1563 – February 20, 1626) was an English, possibly Irish-born composer, singer, and lutenist. ...

Flow, my tears, fall from your springs,
Exiled for ever, let me mourn
Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,
There let me live forlorn.

References to Flow My Tears

  • Gary Numan, in his song "Listen to the Sirens" (from his band's self-titled debut album Tubeway Army), clearly makes a reference to the novel with the opening lyrics, "Flow my tears, the new police song".
  • The rock band Liars recorded a song called "Flow My Tears, The Spider Said", which is the last track on their album, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned.
  • The New Jersey grindcore group Discordance Axis base their song (from their second LP, Jouhou) of the same name on Dick's novel.
  • There is an extensive and in-depth discussion of the book as well as Dick's later essay How to Build a Universe that Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later near the end of Richard Linklater's Waking Life.

Gary Numan (born Hary Anthony James Webb on March 8, 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer and electropop pioneer. ... Tubeway Army (1977–1979) were a London-based punk and New Wave band formed by Gary Webb. ... Liars can refer to: The album by Todd Rundgren The indie rock band. ... They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (May 2004) is the second album released by indie rock band Liars. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Discordance Axis were a grindcore band with high-pitched screaming & low grunted vocals, superfast drumming and creative guitar work. ... Richard Linklater at press conference for Before Sunrise at the 1995 Berlinale (photo by Michael Weiner) Richard Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas) is an American film director and writer. ... Waking Life is a digitally rotoscoped and animated film, directed by Richard Linklater and made in 2001. ...

Reference

  • Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, ISBN 0-679-74066-X

See also


The Man in the High Castle is a 1962 alternate history novel by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. ...

Books by Philip K. Dick
Gather Yourselves Together | Voices From the Street | Vulcan's Hammer | Dr. Futurity | The Cosmic Puppets | Solar Lottery | Mary and the Giant | The World Jones Made | Eye in the Sky | The Man Who Japed | A Time for George Stavros | Pilgrim on the Hill | The Broken Bubble | Puttering About in a Small Land | Nicholas and the Higs | Time Out of Joint | In Milton Lumky Territory | Confessions of a Crap Artist | The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike | Humpty Dumpty in Oakland | The Man in the High Castle | We Can Build You | Martian Time-Slip | Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb | The Game-Players of Titan | The Simulacra | The Crack in Space | Now Wait for Last Year | Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | Clans of the Alphane Moon | The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch | The Zap Gun | The Penultimate Truth | Deus Irae | The Unteleported Man | The Ganymede Takeover | Counter-Clock World | Nick and the Glimmung | Ubik | Galactic Pot-Healer | A Maze of Death | Our Friends from Frolix 8 | Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said | A Scanner Darkly | Radio Free Albemuth | VALIS | The Divine Invasion | The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

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Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is a Philip K. Dick novel in which Jason Taverner, who is a Six (a genetically improved superhuman) as well as a singer and television star, lives in a future American police state.
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said was awarded first prize in the John W. Campbell Awards for the best science-fiction novel of the year in 1975.
Note: the title reference to Flow my tears refers to the piece by the 16th century composer John Dowland, setting to music a poem by an anonymous author.
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