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  • Title: Solar Lottery
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780575074552
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • The operating principle was random selection positions of public power were decided by a sophisticated lottery and when the magnetic lottery bottle twitched, anyone could become the absolute ruler of the world, 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 evade his chosen kThe operating principle was random selection positions of public power were decided by a sophisticated lottery and when the magnetic lottery bottle twitched, anyone could become the absolute ruler of the world, 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 evade his chosen killer Which made for fascinating and exciting viewing, compelling enough to distract the public s attention while the Big Five industrial complexes ran the world Then, in 2203, with the choice of a member of a maverick cult as Quizmaster, the system developed a little hitch Solar Lottery was Philip K Dick s first published novel, brilliant and idiosyncratic, powerful and affecting.
    Solar Lottery The operating principle was random selection positions of public power were decided by a sophisticated lottery and when the magnetic lottery bottle twitched anyone could become the absolute ruler of

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    1. 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 write about D [...]

    2. 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 than just appealing, it was hypnotic and mesmerizing Whatever it was these young musicians were selling, I was buying into it and I felt 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 crafted, but the buying an [...]

    3. I m a sick man And the 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 s first novel It [...]

    4. 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 turned to sci [...]

    5. 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 descri [...]

    6. 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 optimistic than his later stuff at the same time, it somehow doesn t feel quite as human the main character is at [...]

    7. 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 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 get too big too q [...]

    8. 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 writer of contemp [...]

    9. 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.

    10. 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 novel, publi [...]

    11. 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 fact, [...]

    12. As this was Dick s first published novel 1955 , I think it s a pretty good effort It s certainly 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 lasts abou [...]

    13. 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 whic [...]

    14. Marcando rumbos de forma dubitativa G nero Ciencia ficci n.Lo que nos cuenta El ingeniero experto en bioqu mica Ted Benteley aprovecha su despido para intentar formar parte del grupo que rodea al Gran Presentador Reese Verrick, que rige la pol tica de la Federaci n de los Nueve Planetas desde su sede en Batavia, pero lo consigue cuando ste pierde su puesto y es Leon Cartwright, miembro de una secta en desacuerdo con las l neas generales de gobierno, quien ocupa su lugar Las Brigadas Telep ticas [...]

    15. 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 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 long way [...]

    16. 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.

    17. solid early PKD novel Perhaps 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.

    18. Solar Lottery is Dick s first true sci fi novel, The Cosmic Puppets was 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 point The left field [...]

    19. Ano 2203.Imaginem o nosso mundo sem os sistemas social, pol tico e econ mico tal e qual como os conhecemos Imaginem que os n veis de confian a na sociedade em rela o aos sistemas descem at ao ponto de ruptura Tanto a sociedade como a economia e a pol tica desmoronam se, e os Governos sentem a obriga o, ou a necessidade, de criarem um novo sistema base alternativo velha ordem social.Minimax um sistema onde predomina a ideia de aleatoriedade e sorte, em vez de certeza e predefini o Com base nos jo [...]

    20. 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 specifical [...]

    21. 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 color [...]

    22. 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 noir s [...]

    23. 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 consumer [...]

    24. 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 to change [...]

    25. 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 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 of a push.I think any fan of Phili [...]

    26. 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 novel [...]

    27. 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 impo [...]

    28. 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

    29. 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 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 Not recommen [...]

    30. 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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