E30: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Pt. 2 “Strange Cylindrical Hats”

This is episode 2 of 3 on Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick. Here, we look at the lives of the rich and famous, as portrayed in this novel. The rich and famous have extra resources to buffer them, should they fall on hard times. Celebrities attract disturbed (and disturbing!) people. What do you think it indicates that in both Philip K. Dick novels we’ve done that celebrities are either androids or genetically modified?

E29: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Pt. 1 “Iron-Shod Boots”

This is episode 1 of 3 on Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick. We look at the police machinery of a world run by the police. You need ID for everything, the universities are besieged in a perpetual standoff to keep student liberals walled off, the police are prejudiced (in some case rightly), and even police reformers have to be sneaky about changing things. We even get in a Neil Gaiman reference!

E28: Dystopia in the News “Our Boys at the Front”

In this episode, we look at dystopian elements in the news. We look at ways the internet is being used, genetic engineering and reproductive health and some implications for society, and then a bit about education and mass media. Dystopian literature is fiction about reality . . . from a safe distance. But what, pray tell, is it pointing out? Find out as we wade into the discussion in this week’s episode!

 

E27: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Pt. 3 “Community Centre”

This is episode 3 of 3 on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. We look at what this book has to say in answer to the question, “What does it mean to be human?” While the book does not define humanity very thoroughly (it is more concerned with straining androids out of the human crowd), it does emphasize that we humans need to stick together. Once again, we here at Food for Thought Police express our fervent solidarity with all the Rick Deckards out there holding the line against the android menace.