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The Game-Players of Titan Paperback – October 23, 2012
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Over a writing career that spanned three decades, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
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The story was great in my opinion. Classic sci-fi management featuring talking drugstores, new-age pregnancy tests, telepaths (imagine playing a poker-monopoly hybrid against a mind-reader!) and many more clever ingredients. There is even a "whodunnit" noir vibe midway through the book. Above all, it carries with it Philip K Dick's usual between-the-lines commentary about his views on war, prejudice, and the need to move on from the past to create a better, healthier future.
Humans now occupy their time in a game called “Bluff.” Winners not only acquire property but other people’s spouses. Pete Garden, the protagonist, owns large amounts of property. However, at the beginning of the story he has not only lost an area of prime real estate but also his wife. The quality of marital relationships is judged by how well the partners succeed at Bluff together. Pete also suffers from depression and a preoccupation with suicide.
The story involves the mysterious murder of an infamous “Bindman” (player and property owner), Pete’s unexpected fatherhood, and the culminating contest between humans and the gambling-addicted vugs; the stakes being the vugs’ withdrawal from Earth or the replacement of the human players with simulacra.
There is, as in every Dick novel, there is the never-ending conflict between appearance and reality, and moments in which reality dissolves into its fundamental, frightening “Abgrund” (abyss).
This is not one of the Philip K. Dick novels I would read multiple times, such as “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” “Ubik,” or “Now Wait for Last Year,” but any of his novels and stories is both a challenge and a pleasure to read. As with the greatest writers, his style and imagination are one of a kind.
After a devastating atomic world war, the humans of Earth have mostly killed each other off. Only about a million remain and most are sterile due to the radiation weapons developed by the Germans and used by the "Red Chinese." Some humans now have telepathic abilities, too.
The alien Vugs of Titan, taking the opportunity to extend their domains, are now the Earth's rulers. They seem like benevolent conquerors and overseers. For their amusement, they allow human landowners ("Bindmen") to play a game called Bluff, which is much like Monopoly where the stakes are real pieces of property on the ruined Earth. The Vugs, who seem (but may not be) intent on not allowing the human race to die out, also use the game to mix up couples, hoping to serendipitously find viable breeding pairs. Any Bindman can play in the district where they own property, using their land and spouse for stakes in the game.
Pete Garden is a pill-popping suicidal Bindman who plays Bluff nightly. With the roll of a die, Pete has just lost his 18th wife and -- worse -- Berkeley, California. When the man who won it from him is murdered, Pete is the prime suspect and since his memory of the night of the murder is gone, Pete isn't so sure he didn't commit the crime. As he and his friends investigate, they uncover plots and conspiracies and eventually travel to Titan to play Bluff with their alien overlords. This game has really high stakes.
The Game-Players of Titan, first published in 1963, is chock-full of the elements we see in so many of Philip K. Dick's stories -- appliances that talk, alien simulacra, miserable marriages, precogs, psychiatrists, paranoid delusions, lots of alcohol, and hallucinogenic drug trips... I could go on.Read more ›
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Another fantastic book from P K Dick. Enjoyed every minute of it.Published 5 months ago by r4gotagain1938
Recently I have become a huge fan of Philip K Dick. Within a span of 3 weeks, I've read, in order: Ubik, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, A Maze of Death, Clans of the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Manuel Armenteros