Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said

April 29, 2011

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said is a 1974 science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick about a genetically enhanced pop singer and television star who loses his identity overnight. The story is set in a futuristic dystopia, where America has become a police state after a Second Civil War.

After his former lover throws a Callisto-based parasitic lifeform at him, celebrity entertainer Jason Taverner wakes up to find himself to be completely unknown to the outside world. He has no identification, there is no record of him in the extensive databases of the police government, and neither his friends nor his former fans have any memory of him. As an ex-celebrity and an ex-citizen, he has real problems. These are exacerbated for him as a “Six”, a highly rated stratum of covert genetic engineering of humans that apparently began in the 1940s.

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VALIS

April 8, 2011

VALIS is a 1981 science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. The title is an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System, Dick’s gnostic vision of one aspect of God. VALIS is the first book in the VALIS Trilogy of novels including The Divine Invasion (1981), and the unfinished The Owl in Daylight.  VALIS represents Dick’s last major work before he died.

The major subject of these dialogues is spirituality, as Dick/Fat is ostensibly obsessed with several religions and philosophies, including Christianity, Taoism, Gnosticism and Jungian psychoanalysis, in the search for a cure for what he believes is simultaneously both a personal and a cosmic wound. Near the end of the book the messianic figure appears, incarnated in the young child Sophia (a name associated with Wisdom in many Gnostic texts, literally meaning “wisdom” in Greek).

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