Solar Lottery

Solar Lottery

Solar Lottery In 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 Quizmas

  • Title: Solar Lottery
  • Author: Philip K. Dick David de Vries
  • ISBN: 9781455814459
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 recIn 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.

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    an ingenious, frenetically paced book crammed full of fascinating ideas. this was Dick's first published novel yet it doesn't feel like it. he jumped into writing with his style and his themes fully formed. that's not to say this isn't rough - but all of his stories are rough. for me that is a big part of their appeal. it feels like he wrote this in a white heat and then immediately had it published, screw any rewriting. it has so much energy! and talent to burn. I've always found it hard to wri [...]

    I like the Irish rock band U2, but especially like the early music. Songs like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride” had an edge (pun intended) and a spiritual, raw vitality that was more than just appealing, it was hypnotic and mesmerizing. Whatever it was these young musicians were selling, I was buying into it and I felt more alive and potent while I listened to and became a part of the song. The later music was good, the members of the band are talented artists and the product is well c [...]

    "I'm a sick man. And the more I see, the sicker I get. I'm so sick I think everybody else is sick and I'm the only healthy person. That's pretty bad off, isn't it?” ― Philip K. Dick, Solar LotteryI figured Super Tuesday was an appropriate time to read PKD's first novel about lottery elections, random assassins, autocratic leaders, corruption, serfs, mad women, social control, telepathic security, idealism, cults, and the search for our galaxy's 10th planet.It is hard to believe this was Dick [...]

    Although the Philip K. Dick novel "Solar Lottery" is correctly cited as being the writer's first full-length piece of fiction to see the light of day, it was hardly the first time the budding author saw his name in print. The 26-year-old Dick had already seen some 35 short sci-fi stories published between 1952 and '53, beginning with his first sale, "Beyond Lies the Wub," in the July '52 issue of "Planet Stories"; he would see 27 stories go into print in 1953 alone! In addition, Dick, who only t [...]

    This is my first encounter with PKD and I was pleasantly surprised by his work, which kept me turning the pages. Solar Lottery is his first published novel and is quite good for a debut. He creates a fairly complete and believable world with consistent rules and norms and he does so skillfully and convincingly. His descriptions create good visual images, and of course, I couldn't help seeing some of the film images from Blade Runner. PKD creates an interesting frisson of sexual tension in his de [...]

    read this book again for the first time in fifteen years i remember liking it before but not nearly as much as this. it's pkd's first novel and you can tell it's obviously been carefully laid-out and makes perfect sense; there's not that manic semi-psychedelic flight forward that you get in his later stuff (which i love) but it's very well-balanced and is quite touching at the end much more optimistic than his later stuff. at the same time, it somehow doesn't feel quite as human; the main charac [...]

    In 1955 Ace Books published Philip K. Dick’s novel Solar Lottery; which was his first published novel and the beginning of a career that changed his life and thousands more - decades and decades later a brilliant novel that gives one a glimpse through an imaginative eyes; before the pupils dilated to become psychedelically wild to become the master of speculative-reality bent literature. Solar Lottery is clever and exciting with a lot of action. It’s a novel that shows that government can ge [...]

    Solar Lottery was Philip K. Dick’s first novel, published back in the mid-1950s before the psychedelic drugs he became addicted to plagued his work. He has used similar threads in several works, the dehumanisation of contests and lotteries. Were it not for the futuristic setting, this could so easily have seen Dick writing riveting novels of social horrors - if only he hadn’t sided with Donald A. Wollheim at Ace Books. Philip K Dick could have been one of the greats - a true mass-market writ [...]

    For the sake of full disclosure: I am a huge Philip K. Dick fan. I think Valis is one of the great novels of the 21st century. I think Dick's short stories are imaginative and well suited to his almost fractured writing style.Unfortunately, Solar Lottery just failed to deliver. It came so close that as I reached the last page I wondered if two chapters had been ripped out of the edition I was reading. No such luck.

    I have decided that 2011 will be the Year of Philip K. Dick. (Early 2010 was the Year of J G. Ballard) I have laid in a supply of novels, non-fiction writings, a biography, a french intellectual's analysis of the work, and four, over-priced volumes of his letters. I am set to go.I like to start at the beginning. Volume One of the Collected Short Stories proves a chore to get through, but Vol. 1 of letters contain a the truest voice of Dick anyone is likely to find. Solar Lottery is the first nov [...]

    I have always steered clear of this author. Somehow I had gotten the impression that he was insane in some way or at least egregiously weird. But I read a review or two of the recently released The Exegesis of Philip K Dick, noting that Jonathan Lethem was one of the editors, and decided to give him a try. He wrote 44 novels! Solar Lottery is his first.I did not get any impression of insanity or weirdness at all. He seemed to be fitting right in with the way science fiction was in the 1950s. In [...]

    As this was Dick's first published novel (1955), I think it's a pretty good effort. It's certainly more straightforward than many of his later mindf***s. In this world of 2203, the world is ruled by the Quizmaster, who oversees a lottery which is supposed to give everyone an equal chance at the position. The thing is, you really don't want to win this lottery because with it comes the sanctioning of assassins who are chosen by a televised convention to kill the Quizmaster. The average Quizmaster [...]

    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 [...]

    -Marcando rumbos de forma dubitativa.-Género. Ciencia ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. El ingeniero experto en bioquímica Ted Benteley aprovecha su despido para intentar formar parte del grupo que rodea al Gran Presentador Reese Verrick, que rige la política de la Federación de los Nueve Planetas desde su sede en Batavia, pero lo consigue cuando éste pierde su puesto y es Leon Cartwright, miembro de una secta en desacuerdo con las líneas generales de gobierno, quien ocupa su lugar. Las Brigadas [...]

    While a far cry from five star, memorable, classic material, Solar Lottery very recognizably shows the mark of what made Dick such a unique writer. Surprising to me was that Solar Lottery is somewhat more complex in its mechanics than many of his novels that followed while I would have expected the reverse. Regardless, it's a fairly unpredictable read, which I always find admirable. This alone does not, sadly, make it a great read it's still fairly basic genre-writing and shows that Dick had a l [...]

    This was a extremely compelling read from the master. I loved this book as I do most of his books. It tells of a future world in which everything is run by chance, specifically the government. Todd Benteley has become frustrated with the system and seeks ways to change it. AS his loyalties shift from one quizmaster to another he learns how the system has been rigged. It's an exciting book and I liked how the plot twists kept me reading.

    solid early PKD novel. Perhaps more polished than some of his other early novels and while it presents a unique system of government and society, perhaps not as innovative as some of his other works and thus not as enjoyable but definitely good overall.

    Solar Lottery is Dick’s first true sci-fi novel, (The Cosmic Puppets was more of a fantasy, and also not published as a book at this time), and his third novel over all. It was also the first novel of his ever published, so we have it to thank for jump-starting Dick’s career as a novelist. Dick himself stated that if Solar Lottery had not been published, he would have given up full-length novels. I didn’t think Solar Lottery was a bad book, but it’s not my favorite Dick work at this po [...]

    Ano 2203.Imaginem o nosso mundo sem os sistemas social, político e económico tal e qual como os conhecemos. Imaginem que os níveis de confiança na sociedade em relação aos sistemas descem até ao ponto de ruptura. Tanto a sociedade como a economia e a política desmoronam-se, e os Governos sentem a obrigação, ou a necessidade, de criarem um novo sistema base alternativo à velha ordem social.Minimax é um sistema onde predomina a ideia de aleatoriedade e sorte, em vez de certeza e predef [...]

    I cast about quite a while for a book to fill the "first book by a favourite author" square. I kept thinking of authors whose first works I'd already read, before finally settling on Philip K. Dick. Then it was a matter of finding a copy. I visited several bookstores (in multiple states) before finally giving up and checking this out at the library,This is very recognizably a Dick novel, most notably for the giant, all-encompassing system of governance designed to outsmart human failings (most s [...]

    After reading this book for the second time, I downgraded it to 4 stars, which is still pretty good!Solar Lottery, the first novel by Philip K.Dick to be published, features some of his recurrent scenarios and themes: a future where mankind has colonised other worlds (although here the Earth is still habitable, unlike in some of his later novels), the existence of individuals with telepathic abilities, a totalitarian government that rules over the entire civilization and trends like multiple col [...]

    This is another good read by Philip Dick. Here he explores power, socio-political systems, game theory, and the need for individual autonomy, control, and responsibility. The author is at his best when throwing ideas against the wall through dialog. His major weakness is the inability to craft a female character that isn't a negative stereotype of feminine behaviors of the 1950's - dependent, cloying, manipulative, accessories of the male characters. I find Dick's writing to put me in mind of a [...]

    For an early book (1953) this novel contains almost all the elements one expects to find in his later novels: an uncertain everyman suddenly exalted, a young and manipulative female, a large overbearing coldly calculating boss. One complaint: for an everyman I couldn't get over the waspy name of the protagonist I think PKD chose better names in his later works. But it's all forgiven since PKD shows his characteristic brilliance in taking an idea, namely a feudal society operating a capitalist co [...]

    early-period, surprisingly coherent Dick. i liked the depiction of a man driven by conscience to tear down the rotten system he lived under. howeveri ended up disagreeing with the central thesis that man's dissatisfaction drives his evolution, and "progress." "progress" is a dumb construct and has nothing to do with how evolution actually works. evolution is about adapting to change, and then maintaining a population with enough variation to cope with random future change. it's not about trying [...]

    I really loved Solar Lottery. Dick is a fantastic writer of dystopian sci-fi, and I never find myself disappointed with his stories. That said, I found this one to actually be more exciting than his others, most likely due to the assassination plot coming to fruition in the middle of the story. The world that Dick paints on the lead up to that is one that feels unnervingly possible, and by the end it becomes easy to believe such a society could exist without too much more of a push.I think any f [...]

    Yay! In my quest to read all of Philip K. Dick this is about my 10th book and I'm happy that we're back in the realm of science fiction. In our new dystopian future, leadership is handed out by a lottery. Of course, the powerful manage to monopolize on leadership, but this is kind of upended by the 1950's sentiment that a hard working man with two good hands can change the world. Our hero in the novel drips with 1950's sentiment and saves the day, but not before several interesting ideas in the [...]

    Solar Lottery it is a story belonging to if not rather dominating a category prevalent in the early 1950s the tale in which future society is distorted by some particular set of idiosyncratic priorities: in this case a world in which social opportunity is governed by lottery. The plot of the novel is reminiscent of A E van Vogt and juxtaposes political intrigues with the utopian quest of the disciples of an eccentric Messiah. This interest in messianic figures runs throughout Dick's work as an i [...]

    Many of his "futuristic" details have come true in the 50+ years since the book was written. I love how in a future where planets have been colonized and space travel can be near instanteous, people still smoke cigarettes indoors in public places. Dick didn't get that one right.Some interesting ideas about class and how people are motivated when their station in life is random.The characters are not very well defined, even for Sci-fi, even for PKD.Still, pretty readable on the whole

    I'm a longtime fan of P.K. Dick, though I had to check the publication date of Solar Lottery as I was reading it. The extremely outdated stereotypes of women seemed out of place, but made more sense when I saw that it was published in the 50's (and indeed was his first full-length novel). Even still, the inventiveness and themes of questioned identity that become Dick's trademark are present and make it an enjoyable (and quick) read, if you keep it in context of the era in which it was written. [...]

    This is the first Philip K. Dick book that I have read — and the first one that PKD had published – and I was impressed. As I expected, the plot was creative and unorthodox. What I found surprising was that the book read like a movie script: the pacing was fast, each page was filled with dialogue, and the characters had just enough meat to avoid being one-dimensional. Dan Brown would be jealous. A fun hundred-pager.

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