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Feb 22

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Phil’s Art Direction: Look, no one will guess that this book is about futuristic police, unless you paint POLICE onto the side of that hovership. While you’re at it, give that policeman an unusually large face. I hear that’s how policemen will look centuries hence.
Published 1976

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.83 out of 10)
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36 Responses to “Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Liking the Bugsy Malone splurge gun. Splurge pistol?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    504 IN PROGRESS…HOTDOGS ATTACKING PASSERSBY ON 53RD AND 3RD…OFFICER ON SCENE RESPONDING WITH EEZYCHEEZ…REQUESTING BACKUP UNITS WITH CHILI CON CARNE…

    Unfortunately, the officer never heard their arrival, as most of his lateral and posterior skull had been removed to fit him for the helmet.

  3. SI Says:

    “I may have squeezed my head into my helmet. But you are going to help me get it out again! Or else!”

  4. Hep C. Says:

    I’m not sure what use a vacuum-sealed helmet might be, unless the inflated head effect is a trend in the future.

  5. Yoss Says:

    Ahh, the policeman has been crying. That explains the puffy face.

  6. Phil Says:

    I’ve always admired Dick’s use of ambiguous words. If I could be bothered, I would deliberately mis-pronounce TEERS as TARES, and mis-pronounce SED as SYEED (as in the middle eastern name).

    If I could be bothered.

  7. fred Says:

    What is a Maine state cop doing in NY city?

  8. Yoss Says:

    I know the whole bacon thing has kind of gotten out of hand on the internet, and yet, I must point it out. That gun is shooting out a slab of crispy bacon.

  9. Phil Says:

    Fred: clearly in the future NYC will be part of Maine. Or vice versa. Something to do with rising sea levels, global warming, credit crunch… that sort of thing.

  10. Phil Says:

    Oh, and the World Trade Center will be re-built. Apparently.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “What are you firing at?”
    “Say what?”
    “I said, what are you firing at?”
    “Come again?”
    “I said, what are you firing at!?
    “What?”

  12. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I dunno. If it weren’t for the bacon coming out of the cop’s gun and the obvious helicopters whose rotors and skids have been airbrushed away, this would just be an ordinary late twentieth century cop-in-front-of-modern-city-architecture painting.

    Surely Philip K. Dick deserves something more gonzo.

  13. NGpm Says:

    Just a theory mind you, but what if his head’s normal size and the face shield has a magnifying effect?

  14. Muttley Says:

    Ah, but Alessandra you have to put this cover in its context. 1976, Horselover Fats is still alive, famously obtuse, and none of his books have been made into movies yet. Panther is a UK publisher: we were quite lucky to get this published at all (yes, it’s on my shelves). Blade Runner is still six years in the future

  15. Unfortunately Not Something More Gonzo Says:

    That’s totally a coffee stain. Although I may not be seeing bacon because I hate bacon, and may have forgotten what it looks like. If it is a coffee stain, here’s hoping it’s real.

    Those hands look 3d, like they’re sitting on top of the actual paper cover.
    And carrying on from what NGpm said, maybe there’s nothing under there. Maybe it’s a screen.

  16. Smith Says:

    I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six rashers or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Danish Unsmoked, the most powerful pork based handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Smith, I was kind of thinking the same thing, but I would add to the end of your sentence:

    “Go ahead, flow my tears.”

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    He looks a little like Kevin Spacey. No?

  19. Phil Says:

    He looks a little like Kevin Spacey, yes!

  20. Phil Says:

    We meet again, Gunner Cade!

    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2011/09/gunner-cade/

  21. Don Hilliard Says:

    @UNSG: Exactly what I was thinking. I could see a story where the cops all have the same projected face (slightly grizzled and weary, but by no means evil despite the killer bacon they’re shooting at you) on the visors of their helmets.

    And I have done nowhere NEAR the number of drugs that PKD did.

  22. Book Wench Says:

    I don’t think his face is big – it just looks that way due to the magnification of his prescription helmet glass.

    Future HR laws mean even the police can’t discriminate on poor eyesight.

  23. Rev Says:

    …so I kicked him in the nuts.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The magnifying helmet is a great help when shaving in space.

    I don’t care if he’s firing bacon or coffee or what, he’s not going to hit anything with that kind of a trajectory. The rifling on that barrel leaves a lot to be desired.

    Of course, knowing this will go into the “moderation” zone, why am I bothering to write anything? It’s just cuz I, well, miss you all, sniff . . .

  25. anon Says:

    Flow, my tears. The policeman said “[gun discharging]”. I mean, it was a traffic stop and he didn’t even bother to walk to the driver.

  26. Tat Wood Says:

    That’s an Ontario police shield painted on his mini-helmet. So the gun fires Canadian bacon.

  27. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood—that must be why, although he can’t actually hit anything with it, he somehow still feels himself superior to Americans.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: latitudinally, he may be!

  29. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Dead StuffWBT—yes, that’s true. I forgot my old philosophy lesson: “Ah, Sahib, from that point, it’s just Canadians all the way up.”

  30. Tor Mented Says:

    @18, 19: Now it’s 2019 and Kevin Spacey fires back at his accusers.

  31. fred Says:

    The advertising dirigible from Blade Runner photobombs the cover.

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Funny that his face hasn’t shrunk after all these years.

  33. Tat Wood Says:

    So to summarise the last seven years’ cogitations: Dick decrees it’s Kevin’s bacon.

  34. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Is it bacon, or some sort of cheese product he’s spraying out of the gun?

    Maybe it’s a remote control policeman and that’s actually a screen showing the face of the guy controlling it, like those old Spider-Slayer robots?

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hzMNf4ObtOM/UOgJO7k1PjI/AAAAAAAAi2I/3yZeCwMSBpg/s1600/spider1.PNG

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I think it’s spray cheez. Could be imitation-bacon-flavored spray cheez, though.

    The Wikipedia article on Easy Cheese goes into far too much detail, all full of physics.

  36. THX 1139 Says:

    “There’s NOTHING funny about silly string, perp!”

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