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Solar Lottery Hardcover – Jun 1976


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gazelle Book Services Ltd; New edition edition (Jun 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0839823304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0839823308
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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By the author of BLADE RUNNER and MINORITY REPORT --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle, Time Out of Joint, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hfromspace on 20 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
The story of this book is,like all of Dicks works an interesting set of concepts designed to make the reader question the truth of the things he/she thinks he/she knows.

In this respect the book works very well but sadly this book just didnt have the fluidity of some of his other works.I believe this was his first book and that may have something to do with this as writing styles do naturally progress with time.This is worth a look if you like Dicks books and is enjoyable to read but there are better places to start such as eye in the sky or do androids dream of electric sheep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. D. B. Martin on 19 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
The Solar Lottery - your chance to govern the world. We would all love to have the chance wouldn't we? Not if you lived in the world of Philip K. Dick! As always he turns reality on its head and drags you along with it. If I only give it 4 stars that't because I'm a harsh reader and not because this is not fantastic (quite literally).
Somehow Dick always lays down his plot quickly and concisely without the verbosity of his more pseudy rivals and soon enough you are dragged into a world of responsibility and pressure that gives you a window into the author's fears and dreams.
I have read all but a few of Dick's novels and this was definitely one the the most memorable as he can often repeat subjects either through his sheer paranoia or the demands of keeping his editors happy. This one was truly different from his other works and being so easy to get into, surely one for the fan and the uninitiated alike.
As always great.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Jenkins on 10 Mar 2011
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"The operating principle was random selection: positions of public power were decided by a sophisticated lottery. Everyone had a chance, everyone could live in hope that they would be chosen to be the boss, the Quizmaster. But with the power came the game - the assassination game - which everyone could watch on TV. Would the new man be good enough to avoid his chosen killer? Which made for fascinating and exciting viewing, compelling enough to distract the public's attention while the Big Five industrial complexes run the world, the solar system and the people, unnoticed and completely unopposed. Then, in 2203, with the choice of a member of a maverick cult as Quizmaster, the system developed a little hitch..."
-- from the back cover

Written in 1954 and published in 1955, Solar Lottery was Philip K Dick's first published novel. It introduces a number of themes which he continued to explore throughout his career.

As with all PKD's works this novel makes you marvel at his imagination but also (if you are of a philosophical turn of mind) brings you to question and consider the themes he raises for yourself. PKD also creates characters that I at least find believable.

"[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from."
--Paul Williams, Rolling Stone

"Philip Dick does not lead his critics an easy life, since he does not so much play the part of a guide through his phantasmagoric worlds as give the impression of one lost in their labyrinth."
-- Stanislaw Lem, "Philip K.
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I didn't realise till I was nearly finished with this book that it was the first book that Philip K Dick published. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was fairly straight forward Science fiction with a Philip K Dick twist. It was set in a strange future with off world colonies that were little better than labour camps where people without skills were sent. People had no money and no luxuries and sold themselves as indentured servants. There was a lottery to figure out who was in charge. It was all mad but done very well and had a good message about how you shouldn't accept terrible situations but should strive for change.
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Philip K. Dick's first novel, "Solar Lottery" was published in May of 1955. It is a relatively short novel, at around 190 pages, but it is not short on ideas or concepts. The reader is faced with a society in the year 2203 where the highest political position (Quizmaster) is chosen by a lottery which is supposed to give each person an equal chance at the position. That is coupled with sanctioning assassins which are chosen by convention to kill the Quizmaster. Another key to the society is the oaths which one gives and receives to and from people, and to organizations.

There are two significant storylines, the first is centered on Ted Benteley, a man released from his job due to some unexplained fires decides to get a position working directly for the Directorate and the Quizmaster, Reece Verrick. What he doesn't realize is that Reece has lost his position and that a new Quizmaster, Leon Cartwright, has been selected. Reece is now concerned with choosing an assassin to eliminate the new Quizmaster and regain power. The second storyline is that of Leon Cartwright, a member of the Preston Society, a kind of cult which is seeking the Flame Disc, a planet at the edge of our solar system which Preston wrote about.

The blending of the two storylines is handled in a rather odd fashion. The book focuses almost entirely on the first storyline for an extended period after introducing the second storyline in the second chapter. The reader knows the second storyline is important, but it doesn't develop until much later. In addition to the two storylines, there are quite a number of concepts dealt with in this novel. There are the Telepathic Corps who guard the Quizmaster, and the development of the special assassin to deal with Leon Cartwright.
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