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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575074558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575074552
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By the author of BLADE RUNNER and MINORITY REPORT

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In 2203 anyone can become the ruler of the solar system. There are no elections, no interviews, no prerequisites whatsoever it all comes down to the random turns of a giant wheel. But when a new Quizmaster takes over, the old one still keeps some rights, namely the right to hire an unending stream of assassins to attempt to kill the new leader.

In the wake of the most recent change in leadership, employees of the former ruler scurry to find an assassin who can get past telepathic guards. But when one employee switches sides, troubling facts about the lottery system come to light, and it just might not be possible for anyone to win.

PHILIP K. DICK (1928 1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary authors of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly.

" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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..."
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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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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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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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