Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
Engaging dystopian novel set in a police state that forms after the Second Civil War. Plot follows TV star Jason Taverner as he awakens to a world in which he no longer seems to exist. Winner of the John W. Campbell Award. Also nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards.
8vo rust colored cloth. Date code O50 at lower left margin of page 231. "First Edition" stated on copyright page. [Levack 16a].
Very light shelf wear, else fine in like dj.
Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: New York: Doubleday, 1974.
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick is set in the United States in what was then a future 1988. Following a Second Civil War, a totalitarian police state has formed in the United States, and using surveillance and national ID cards has enforced social order. As the story opens, famous singer and television host, Jason Taverner, has just completed the latest episode of his popular TV show. Jason is a genetically engineered, elite member of society known as a "six". After a violent quarrel with an ex-lover, Jason is rushed to the hospital, but instead of waking up in a hospital bed, he wakes up in a cheap motel with all his identification cards missing. It soon becomes apparent to him that no one knows who he is anymore. With no identification, he is afraid of being arrested by the police, which could result in being sent to a labor camp. Helped by a mentally unstable police informant named Kathy, he obtains some forged ID cards, but the police are still after him and convinced he's mixed up in a conspiracy plot against the state. The only link back to his old life is the sister of the Police General, who knows his true identity and has been experimenting with a reality-warping drug that might explain a thing or two.
Winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1975. The book was also nominated for a Nebula Award in 1974 and a Hugo Award in 1975.