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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

In 1974, Philip K. Dick published a science fiction novel titled, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. The author based the story on a television superstar and a pop singer who became genetically enhanced. He wakes up in the world, which he never saw. It is a future dystopian novel with an exceptional writing style.

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Author: Philip K. Dick

Genre: Science fiction, dystopian future

Pages: 231

Good reads rating: 3.92 of 5

My Ratings: 7.9 of 10

Published: 1974

Publisher: Doubleday

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said

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Flow my tears, the policeman said revolves around a dystopian future of the year 1988. The events which lead in the book follows the second civil war and drives to the collapse of democratic institutions in the United States. The National Guards became known as nats, and it reestablishes the police force identified as pols through the dictatorship. These organisations work under a Director as an apex and marshals while generals operate as operational commanders. On the university campuses, however, resistance became evident against these regimes. Different aspects of this society include the legalisation of recreational drugs with the age of consent being lowered to just 12 years. The population of black people is almost extinct. However, commuting around the states is easier because they undertake it with personal aircraft.

Jason Taverner, who is a singer and also hosts a weekly television show, comprises viewership of over 30 million. Heather Hart, his girlfriend, and a singer is a special guest in this show. Both of them are elite members of society as they genetically engineered them as humans. Once after a show, Taverner is called by his former lover. As he reaches her home, she attacks him with a parasitic life-form. Although he removes most of the parasite from him, he needs help from Hert. 

The next day Taverner wakes up in a seedy hotel and has no identification of his own. He knows that if he handover his identification at police check posts, they will imprison him. He calls his colleagues and friends from the hotel room, but nobody knows him. Different events take place and Taverner finds out that he is in a parallel universe where absolutely no one knows him. As the book unfolds further, Taverner attempts to return to his universe.

Final Say on Science Fiction Novel Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said

The concept of parallel universes described in this novel makes it an interesting read. The author invested significant effort in this novel. I give this book a 7.9 out of 10 ratings because I remained interested and eager to read until the end. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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