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The Game-Players of Titan Paperback – October 23, 2012
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'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction' Sunday Times'A great philosophical writer'Independent'Dick quietly produced serious fiction in a popular form and there can be no greater praise' Michael Moorcock --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Years ago, Earth and Titan fought a war and Earth lost. The planet was irradiated and most of the surviving population is sterile. The few survivors play an intricate and unending game called Bluff at the behest of the slug-like aliens who rule the planet. At stake in the game are two very important commodities: land and spouses. Pete Garden just lost his wife and Berkeley, California, but he has a plan to win them back. That is, if he isn t derailed by aliens, psychic traitors, or his new wife.The Game-Players of Titan is both satire and adventure, examining the ties that bind people together and the maddening peccadilloes of bureaucracy, whether the bureaucrats are humans or alien slugs.
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.
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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.
The interest of Dick's work is first of all his excellent plotting. But what distinguishes his work from other plot-driven works is the angle of paranoia: how do we know what we know? What is real? Who am I? Can we trust our own memories? This theme is present in this work, but it's not well-developed. There are so many many other works I would recommend before this one. Blade Runner. The Three stigmata of palmer eldritch. The Valis triology, and several others. Flow my Tears. Martian Time-Slip.
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