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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow

(p.348) Go with the Flow
I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, in which the protagonist Jason Taverner endures a loss of reciprocity that would resemble the psychotic break or the half-life of a ghost if reality did not continue to compute but only one way. Here social reality was displaced by a relationship that crossed fantasy with the realization of the wish through alterations in time and space. Flow My Tears picks up Ubik’s society-wide coordinates of relations with the afterlife or higher life, but displaced to the periphery of Alys’s boundary-blending wish fulfillment. The empathy boxes of another Dick fiction, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, are again pressed into service, but this time to raise consumerism to the power of the “phone grid” of Passion, with sadomasochism legibly inscribing the legend to this remapping of Christianity onto exhaustible surfaces of embodied life.

Keywords:   science fiction, Philip K. Dick, novel, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, social reality, fantasy, afterlife, sadomasochism, Christianity

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