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"Toplumun ve ekonominin küçük parçalara ayrılması, ağır, aşamalı ve derin oluyordu. Ayrılma öylesine derin olmuştu ki, insanlar doğal kanunlara inançlarını yitirmişlerdi. Evrende artık kesin olan hiçbir şey yoktu. Hiç kimse başına ne geleceğini bilmiyordu. Kimsenin hiç bir şeye güveni kalmamıştı. İstatistik bilimi hemen her konuda kontrolü ele almıştı. Geriye yalnızca olas"Toplumun ve ekonominin küçük parçalara ayrılması, ağır, aşamalı ve derin oluyordu. Ayrılma öylesine derin olmuştu ki, insanlar doğal kanunlara inançlarını yitirmişlerdi. Evrende artık kesin olan hiçbir şey yoktu. Hiç kimse başına ne geleceğini bilmiyordu. Kimsenin hiç bir şeye güveni kalmamıştı. İstatistik bilimi hemen her konuda kontrolü ele almıştı. Geriye yalnızca olasılık hesapları kalmıştı. Rastgele bir şans evreninde iyi sonuç verebilecek ihtimaller...MinimaX teorisi, insanların acı çekip durduğu amaçsız anaforda, katılımcı olmayan, bir çeşit duraklama ya da geriye çekilmeydi. M-Game oyuncusu, gerçekte kendini hiçbir tehlikeye atmayan, hiçbir şey kazanmayan bir insandı... ve yenilmezdi. Oyuncu işini bitirmeye çalışır ve diğer oyunculardan daha uzun dayanmak için çabalardı. M-Game oyuncusu, sabırla oyunun sonunu beklerdi; zaten herkes umudunu oyunun sonuna bağlardı."Bilimkurgunun büyük ustası Arthur C. Clarke, bütün hayatların lotaryaya bağlandığı karmaşık bir dünyanın kapılarını açıyor......

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ISBN : 9789758304509
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Number of Pages : 274 Pages
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Suikastçı Reviews

  • mark monday
    2019-05-14 02:10

    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 Dick (but not about dick) because anything I'd want to tease out or explore is already right there between the pages, blatant. his ideas are front and center: the human struggle to be an individual rather than a cog in the machine and the equally human desire to just have a relaxed, pleasant life; mega-structures like governments and corporations that hold complete dominion but still function like slot machines or a roulette wheel or a bad yet very funny dream; a world of predetermined lives where everyone, high and low, is still prey to luck and randomization - it is the person who can figure out a system deciphering that randomness who often favorite part of the book was an outstanding sequence in which an android assassin attempts to carry out a hit - a blank slate of an assassin whose decisions are made by a multitude of minds jumping in and out of its body, changing directions and plans abruptly with each new mind, confounding its telepathic pursuers with every new and surprising decision. a breathless and very exciting scene.synopsis: in the year 2203, at the start of a shocking regime change, irritable everyman Ted Benteley gets a new job.

  • Lyn
    2019-05-20 07:34

    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 crafted, but the buying and selling seem more adept and the product is too fashionably marketed. Solar Lottery was Philip K. Dick’s first published novel, released in 1955. One thing that cannot be said of PKD was that he ever sold out, his life until the very end was a catastrophe of poverty and misunderstanding. What his peers had seen from the beginning took the public beyond his lifetime to grasp. Just like the early U2 songs, this very early PKD offering, published when he was just 27, is alive and vibrant and edgy with an abstract sci-fi signature that was only just developing. A good read all by itself and a must read for a fan.

  • Darwin8u
    2019-05-02 04:11

    "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's first novel. It seems so grown up; not quite ripe, but close enough to still be edible and enjoyable. It combines Dick's early space novels with his later, funky techno-politico-religious cynicism.01 function minimax(node, depth, maximizingPlayer)02 if depth = 0 or node is a terminal node03 return the heuristic value of node04 if maximizingPlayer05 bestValue := −∞06 for each child of node07 v := minimax(child, depth − 1, FALSE)08 bestValue := max(bestValue, v)09 return bestValue10 else (* minimizing player *)11 bestValue := +∞12 for each child of node13 v := minimax(child, depth − 1, TRUE)14 bestValue := min(bestValue, v)15 return bestValueProbably my favorite bit of this whole novel was Dick's bending of the idea of Minimax, a form of Nash Equilibrium and game theory. The election of a leader by random is offset by the almost simultaneous election of an assassin. In Dick's Zero-sum future, the random probability of a stupid leader is offset and minimized by the election of an average (or better than average) assassin. Thus, dumb leaders die quickly, good leaders last longer.The climax of this novel involves both the epitome of game theory and the inevitable corruption. This might have been just a three-star novel, but for someone who loves economics, game theory, and good SF, this one needed/demanded a one-star upgrade.

  • Sandy
    2019-05-05 02:15

    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-fi when his several mainstream novels remained unpublished, had no less than four such works languishing in his files at home by 1955, including "Gather Yourselves Together" (written in '49) and "Voices From the Street" ('52), not to mention his fantasy novel "A Glass of Darkness" (released in 1956 as "The Cosmic Puppets"). Spurred to try his hand at the longer sci-fi form by editor Anthony Boucher, Dick had "Solar Lottery" ready by March '54, editing it considerably after its sale to Ace paperbacks editor Donald Wollheim. (Dick's original title for the book, "Quizmaster Take All," was changed by Wollheim.) Thus, the author's first sci-fi novel was released in May 1955 as one half of one of those cute little "Ace doubles" (D-103, for all you collectors out there), backed with Leigh Brackett's "The Big Jump," and with a cover price of...35 cents. It was an auspicious debut for the tyro novelist; an imaginative, complex, swift-moving and continually surprising piece of work that offers just a hint of the greatness to come. The book takes place in one of the author's typically wacky future settings, the Earth of 2203; the type of scenario that has come to be known as "phildickian." In this world of several centuries hence, the planetary leader is not elected, but rather chosen at random by the magnetic twitch of some kind of subatomic bottle gizmo. A leader who has just been ousted may legally try to assassinate his/her replacement, however, if he/she can breach the defenses of the new leader's telepathic corps (kind of like a mind-reading Secret Service). Thus, in Dick's novel, we meet the 32-year-old Ted Benteley, a biochemist who signs on as a "vassal" to world leader Reese Verrick, just as Verrick is deposed and 63-year-old Leon Cartwright is twitched into the top-dog spot. The action jumps from the world capital of Batavia (given that Indonesia is one of the world's most densely populated countries, it is no wonder that Dick chose it as his seat of Earth government), to Cartwright's base in London, to Verrick's holdings in Berlin, and on to a pleasure resort on the lunar surface, where Keith Pellig, a synthetic man remotely controlled by 24 alternating human minds, attempts to do away with the new world leader. And as if these political machinations and techno homicide attempts weren't enough, as a subplot of sorts, Dick gives us a small band, called the Prestonites, who fly out beyond Pluto in search of the legendary 10th planet, known only as the Flame Disc.... "Solar Lottery" does not feature any of the frequent bursts of humor or the preoccupation with divorce, the German language, cigars, opera, classical music, and literature to be found in so many of the author's later works. Likewise absent are the numerous drug references and abnegations of "reality" that would appear so prominently in many of Dick's future sci-fi novels, but there ARE nevertheless assorted bits of strangeness. For example, in one scene, an understandably disoriented Benteley, already stoned on a Callistan drink called a "methane gale," finds his consciousness suddenly plopped into the Pellig construct, leading to one decidedly schizophrenic interlude. And in another instance of startling strangeness, the Prestonites hear the voice of their 150-year-dead messianic leader, John Preston, issuing from their ship's speakers! The book also features the first of a long line of Dickian precocious teenage girls who are wise beyond their years and who become sexually involved with the central character; here, it is redheaded, formerly telepathic Eleanor Stevens, a vassal of Verrick's who suffers a memorably grisly demise. And yes, the book does sport a surprising amount of risque content: The lovemaking between Ted and Eleanor is pleasingly described by Dick; Cartwright's niece, Rita O'Neill, is said to have "supple lines of flesh moulded firm and ripe in the vigor of youth"; and, as in many other Dick books, female toplessness is the fashion. The novel offers up some prescient images (the purple-haired girl at the lunar resort, playing a game in which she forms combinations of colors, almost sounds like a woman I saw with her iPhone on a NYC subway last week!) and poses some interesting questions, such as when Benteley ponders out loud "Are you supposed to obey corrupt laws? Is it a crime to break a law that's a rotten law, or an oath that's rotten?...How do you know when it's right to stop obeying the laws?" Perhaps best of all, though, is the book's relentless pacing, dishing out one impressive scene after another in rapid succession (the Pellig robot's rampage through the Batavia offices is quite thrilling), growing wilder and wilder as they proceed. The novel is far from perfect, and first-timer Dick is guilty here of some fuzzy writing on occasion, a few awkward turns of phrase (such as "Rita was eyeing Benteley intently"; guess Phil couldn't resist that one!), and some misstatements of fact (though the book takes place during the summer of 2203, London, for some reason, is in the middle of what seems to be winter!). Quibbles aside, though, this remains a most pleasing debut from an author who would go on to deservedly become one of the sci-fi genre's most respected and beloved cult figures. From its opening line "There had been harbingers"--and "Solar Lottery" functions itself as a harbinger of a great talent--to its closing statement regarding the manifest destiny of Man ("the highest goal of spread in an evolving keep moving on"), it is a highly entertaining, certainly satisfying, even inspiring affair, although nothing great, or monumental, or mind-blowing, or consciousness expanding, or profound. For Philip K. Dick, those books would come later....

  • Jim
    2019-05-09 07:22

    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 descriptions of the women although he does mention Eleanor's shiny hair and sparkly bare breasts a few times more than is necessary, but I guess back in the 1950's, that would have helped book sales.Overall, a good read and a good introduction to his work. Based on this novel, I'm motivated to read more of his oeuvre.

  • Ben Loory
    2019-05-17 04:36

    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 character is at best a grump and there's more of a schematic feel to the other characters as well... definitely A Science Fiction book... he hasn't quite busted out into His Very Own Thing. still, though, a hell of a read, and as always, his imagination puts everyone else's to shame.

  • Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann
    2019-05-05 04:36

    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 get too big too quick, with your only role being the pawn. You are a tool and will be used in anyway for a leader to come out on top. People sacrifice their freedoms because that is what everyone else does. Everyone has a sheepish role, except one in particular. He disobeys his oath because it is wrong and he was tricked. How do you know what is wrong though, especially when the six billion other people are obeying the laws and being good little serfs? Could a law possibly be wrong when more than 99% or the people are following it? How does one tell when it is time to disobey a bad law? Would you break your oath if you find out later that your oath against all your morals? All of these questions and more are brought up in this amazing piece of literature. It brings up several thought provoking questions about are own government and our own laws… and who I am as a person or who we are as people (collectively) and what would we do when our own moral compass was tested.

  • Hertzan Chimera
    2019-05-01 09:26

    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 contemporary literature showing horrors that none of us thought possible. Unfortunately, this wonderfully gifted writer ended up in the sci-fi ghetto ready to be forgotten, were it not for Hollywood.I don’t remember Solar Lottery being this action packed, this heart thumping alive or this trippy when I first read it nearly 10 years ago. I am lying here in my bed, my frantically scrolling eyes riveted to the mad rush of words - the script, the mood. The broken-linear-extrapolative future is so truly contemporary - how on earth could the average reader of 1950s’ sci-fi have coped with this crazy dash through the lives and minds of those with such an overpowering political persuasion? It must have seemed like some berserker had taken a break from the battle to jot down a few hundred emotionally poisoned pages.Definitely a five star book!

  • Joseph
    2019-05-03 02:20

    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.

  • Charles Dee Mitchell
    2019-04-27 04:11

    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, published in 1955, by which time he as already cranking out short stores for a variety of sf pulp magazines. (I suspect I will fall back on the phrase "cranking out" fairly often when writing about Dick;'s output, but I do jot mean it deargatorialy. Dick wrote fast. He also rewrote fast, and as someone who has done only journalism I am appalled at how many times a 5000 word short story, for which he is maybe getting paid a dime a word, goes back and forth between the editor and author. But he was lucking to have Anthony Boucher as an early editor. I don't think Boucher's influence on the shape of the early stories has been fully investigated.Solar Lottery takes place in what will become the prototypical Dicksian wold -- an illogical totalitiarn state, where the population scrambles to maintain their "ratings" by working in the HIlls, which seem to be form of international conglomerates spaced around the earth, the capital of which is now Batavia, Indonesia. The whole society is controlled by the twitches what is called "The Bottle," a lottery device for which the populace hangs on to their P-cards that promise them a one in six million chance to become quizmaster, an enviable top spot that also involves an army of telepaths to protect the winner from constant, and legally sanctioned assassination attempts. As the song says, "Paranoia runs deep,." Everyone with any sense wears good luck charms.Our hero, Ted Benteley, has been laid off from his Hill. He is an 8 -8 classified Biochemist and flies to Batavia in an attempt to get a job with the current quizmaster, Reese Verrick. What he doesn't know is that he is joining the team of a man who has just been replaced, after ten years, by a twitch of the bottle that has transferred the role to Leon Cartwritght, an unclassified leader of a the Prestonites, a scraggly religious cult based on the teachings of one John Preston, who disappeared over a century before into the world beyond the nine planet system in search of the flaming disk.But wait, I am falling into the thankless task of attempting to summarize a Philip K. Dick novel. The pleasures of the novel, which he wrote when he was twenty-five years old, lies in Dick's ability to immerse you in this future world, where, as a reader, it is best to not ask any questions and just enjoy the ride. Events race along, but overall they make sense and follow the logic of 23rd century Earth. Dick seldom defines much of his invented nomenclature, but most is easy to follow. "Teeps" are the telepathic corpsmen protecting the quizmaster, When Varrick looses that role, he's been "quacked." "Unks" are the unclassified masses. The bubble-like resort on the moon is protected from the atmosphere-free exterior by "exit sphincters." And as in all the Dick novels I ever read, he proves to be quite the tit man. Standard female 23rd century dress tends to leave the breasts exposed, and Dick seldom fails to comment on those of each major female character.The most obvious "first-novel" elements in The Solar Lottery come towards the end, when Benteley does some of the type of soul seaching that was in the Berkeley air at the time Dick wrote it. For example: "I played the game for years," Cartwright said. "Most people go on playing the game all their lives. Then I began to realize the rules were set up so I couldn't win. Who wants to play that kind of game? We're betting against the house, and the house always wins.""That's true," Bentely agreed. After a time he said, "There's no point in playing a rigged game. But what's your answer?""You do what I did. You draw up new rules and play by them. Rules in which all the players have the same odds."Good luck with that.Dick will write better novels in the decades that follow, as he becomes more cynical but unfortunately also more delusional and paranoid. There is quite a cult surrounding Dick, which I am by no means a part of. I have not read enough of the work to know how I feel about it. That's the purpose of the current project.

  • Judy
    2019-05-07 09:18

    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, I thought I got a glimpse of a theme that I found while reading The Hunger Games.The ruler of the Universe in 2203 is chosen by random. Everything runs on games of chance which are wildly popular among the general populace. Workers have to sign up via fealty oaths to the various companies available. A huge proportion of people are just, as Margaret Atwood called them in Oryx and Crake, plebes: semi-homeless, unemployed folks who are cared for by social welfare programs. Honestly, I felt right at home.The big surprise for me in the novel was the overall theme; that self determined individuals who can think for themselves have the power to bring things back to rights. Now that is a rather 1950s concept but it is also one of the major themes of literature all through the ages.Hm. Maybe he got weird later? Who said he was weird anyway? I like this author. I added all 44 novels to My Big Fat Reading Project list. That will slow me down some but I look forward to a nice counterbalance to the increasing deterioration in the quality of the bestsellers in the coming decades of the project.

  • Scott Holstad
    2019-05-20 09:16

    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 lasts about a week.However, Reece Verrick has been in the position for 10 years and wants to hold onto his power. The irony, then, lies in the spin of an actual bottle, which chooses a new Quizmaster, Leon Cartwright, a member of the Preston Society, an odd type of cult which is seeking the Flame Disc, the mythical 10th planet at the edge of the solar system which Preston had written about a long time ago.The protagonist is Ted Benteley, a man released from his job with one of the powerful global entities which one has to swear fiefdom to. He attempts to get a job with the Quizmaster, not realizing Verrick has been deposed. He's cajoled into swearing allegiance to Verrick, and is then whisked off to their new headquarters where they're preparing the ultimate assassin.At the same time, members of the Preston Society have boarded a rocket and are headed into outer space in search of the Flame Disc, a plot line which plays a far greater role toward the end of the book.In this book, Dick's target for criticism isn't the usual black man, but females. They're all negative stereotypes of 1950s-era femininity, but maybe since he was writing in that decade, he can be forgiven. I don't know. The women are dependent and manipulative, and it gets annoying.One of the cool things about the book, though, is the Corps, the teeps who are telepathic and whose duty it is to protect the Quizmaster. It's interesting to see them wrestle with the assassin, and the creation of this virtually unbeatable assassin is simply brilliant.Dick deals with themes of power, corruption, telepathy, space travel, and more in this novel. As previously noted, it's more linear than his later novels, which was something I kind of appreciated. I wouldn't recommend it as his first book to read, but if you like sci fi or if you're a PKD fan, I heartily recommend it.

  • Dave
    2019-05-09 05:36

    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 which one gives and receives to and from people, and to organizations.There are two significant storylines, the first is centered on Ted Benteley, a man released from his job due to some unexplained fires decides to get a position working directly for the Directorate and the Quizmaster, Reece Verrick. What he doesn’t realize is that Reece has lost his position and that a new Quizmaster, Leon Cartwright, has been selected. Reece is now concerned with choosing an assassin to eliminate the new Quizmaster and regain power. The second storyline is that of Leon Cartwright, a member of the Preston Society, a kind of cult which is seeking the Flame Disc, a planet at the edge of our solar system which Preston wrote about.The blending of the two storylines is handled in a rather odd fashion. The book focuses almost entirely on the first storyline for an extended period after introducing the second storyline in the second chapter. The reader knows the second storyline is important, but it doesn’t develop until much later. In addition to the two storylines, there are quite a number of concepts dealt with in this novel. There are the Telepathic Corps who guard the Quizmaster, and the development of the special assassin to deal with Leon Cartwright. The society as a whole generates a lot of questions as well, but these are only touched on slightly.Overall the telling of this story feels a bit clumsy, but it is still worth reading. Dick’s society robs people of their individuality and their ambition, and the Prestonites are treated as cranks and oddballs, largely because they still display these attributes. This is far from Dick’s best work, but as his first published novel it holds interest for those who enjoy his writings.

  • Olethros
    2019-05-24 02:33

    -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 Telepáticas protegerán a Leon, eliminarán a sus opositores y tendrán que hacer frente a la amenaza de Benteley, que usará la ley con intenciones homicidas para recuperar su posición.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:

  • Chris
    2019-05-19 04:27

    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 long ways to go to truly establish his own unique style. But, it's still a very serviceable novel, and I enjoyed it - though it certainly would not be the first (or even in the top ten) of his works I'd recommend. A 3/5 may even be a bit generous, but it's fun, and fairly insightful regarding the excellent work to come.

  • Joseph
    2019-05-10 08:26

    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.

  • Byron'Giggsy' Paul
    2019-04-25 09:27

    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.

  • Jack Stovold
    2019-05-02 09:13

    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 point. The left-field weirdness of The Cosmic Puppets left more of an impression on me. This is Dick in action mode, reminiscent of his shorts “The Variable Man” or “Paycheck” in tone, and it’s certainly a fast paced, entertaining read. There’s a lot going on in this book, maybe a little too much. I don’t need my hand held, but particularly at the beginning it’s fairly difficult to follow what’s going on. It seems like Dick had a lot of ideas for this book but for whatever reason wasn’t able to flesh them out as thoroughly as he should have. I still have a lot of questions, like what it is the Quizmasters actually do besides trying not to be legally assassinated. Or really anything at all about what the “quizzes” actually are. Or what Ted Bentley’s job is actually supposed to consist of. And I’m not sure of the significance of the entire subplot about Preston and the Flame Disc. Character motivations are muddy too. Bentley himself is a fairly standard likeable Dick protagonist, a world weary middle aged man who thinks there’s something wrong with the way the whole world is run. But Cartwright and Verrick are less clear. Verrick seems to contradict himself, and Cartwright seems to have been striving for some sea-change but just kind of decides to just disappear in the ending. The ending also seems fairly rushed and was a little unsatisfactory. I also can’t really discern any real theme from the book either. Dick seems to have had some things to say but it kind of gets lost in the shuffle. Or perhaps it just went over my head. Perhaps the clearest is a message for freedom, and for doing the right thing even when society is against you. And the virtue of pledging one’s loyalty not to people but to ideals. The usual charming Dick stuff is on full display here. Everyone smokes like a fiend, and the positions of every female character’s breasts are meticulously detailed. His sometimes clunky dialogue becomes more apparent at novel length, especially that of his female characters. But it’s the little moments that I appreciate. For some reason one of my very favorites is the scene of the leader of the world and the former leader, a judge and Bentley sitting in an old room on a vacation report on the moon at a table with a pitcher of dirty looking ice water and two overloaded ashtrays. It’s a great image. The action sequences are exciting and there a lot of interesting concepts at play in this book. It’s not the typical futuristic dystopia you might be expecting. On the whole, I found this a worthwhile book, but it probably shouldn’t be your first Phil Dick experience. # People knew that the outer planets were gas giants in the 50s, right? How many times is Dick going to mention colonies living underground on Neptune or Uranus? # This book went through a lot of edits and revisions which might account for some of my complaints. The British version, titled “A World of Chance” is apparently fairly different. Might be interesting to check out and compare.Up next: “The World Jones Made”!

  • Victor Hugo
    2019-05-14 02:15

    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 predefinição. Com base nos jogos de azar, o Minimax promove uma lotaria que abrange todo o sistema solar; lotaria esta que tem como objectivo dar oportunidade a qualquer pessoa de se tornar o Interrogador-Chefe – o estatuto mais alto da sociedade com poderes legislativos. Contudo, o vencido terá a oportunidade de convencer o novo Interrogador-Chefe a abandonar o posto; e nesta missão, não há grandes regras ao ponto de ser permitido o assassínio. Mas para dificultar essa missão, o Interrogador-Chefe tem do seu lado um grupo de telepáticos, ou seja, com o poder de ler a mente de qualquer pessoa numa determinada distância. Conseguirá o assassino desviar-se deste poderoso grupo?“Lotaria Solar” é uma narrativa que explora a possibilidade de uma outra sociedade, com regras distintas e horizontes de entendimento bastante diferentes do que estamos habituados. A certeza é uma miragem, e neste sistema está em jogo a sorte ou o azar. Conseguem imaginar uma vida nestes pilares? Conseguem conceber uma sociedade que é controlada por telepáticos, com a capacidade de desvendar qualquer plano perverso?Um livro interessante, como o Philip K. Dick já nos habituou.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-15 06:15

    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 specifically, our grasping for power), but which, in reality, mostly inspires cheating and superstition and does absolutely nothing for the vast majority of humanity. Also, something which may or may not be the presence of a non-human intelligence at the fringes of the solar system, but could also just be the ravings of one deluded crackpot. Perhaps a little bit less "What is reality? What is human?" than the normal Dickian novel.The female characters are pretty standard 1950s sci-fi fare, but what can you do?Some praise this book for being less prone to the deluded paranoia of Dick's later years, but personally, I have always liked that about him. This book feels more consistent with sci-fi of the time and less uniquely PKD. As I was thinking about what I wanted to write about this book, I realized this would be a great choice for a movie adaptation. We all know how much Hollywood loves Dick, and this one comes pre-loaded with action: a robot assassin, flights to the moon, high speed chases, people getting shot in the face, etc., etc. Of course, not I'm going to spend the rest of the day obsessing over who should play Leon Cartwright.

  • Marta
    2019-04-24 09:32

    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 clothing and female semi-nakedness. Dick's detailed descriptions of settings, characters and action are also present.I highly enjoyed reading this book, but I felt some things could have been improved. The "Prestonites" line seemed underdeveloped, like a side story attached to the main one just to make it longer. It could have been better explained and linked to the main narrative. Some components of this futuristic universe are only explained at the very end, or not at all, which left me with a feeling of not being able to fully enter this world and follow the story. And finally, the ending is too abrupt, the author seemed to have an urge to close all open lines (Verrick's, Cartwright's and Benteley's futures, what happened to the Prestonites in their search for the Flame Disc, what will likely happen next to the corrupt and random political system of the Directorate and the Hills). However, it is still a very good sci-fi novel, well written and very, very enjoyable. I'm pretty sure I'll read it again sometime in the future.

  • Scott
    2019-05-24 06:35

    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 sensibility, and his heroes often carry themselves with the sangfroid of a gumshoe detective in a dime novel. However, his imaginative approach to creating the environments and situations his characters inhabit enables him to explore the inner self, the human condition, and the limits of reality in a very entertaining manner.

  • Aharon
    2019-05-09 05:28

    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 consumerist economy and fleshing out just enough details to allow his plot to move forward without too much distraction. Shades of Palmer Eldritch in certain characters exploring what lies beyond the rim of the solar system and the threat of their returning with unimaginable power...

  • Stark
    2019-05-07 09:29

    early-period, surprisingly coherent Dick. i liked the depiction of a man driven by conscience to tear down the rotten system he lived under. however...i 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 the world around you to suit. humans create environments, are dissatisfied with them, and create a new environment they are then subjectively just as dissatisfied with. i wish we could just give it a rest

  • Tom
    2019-05-01 04:39

    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 fan of Philip K. Dick (or sci-fi in general) will really like this story, and I highly recommend it to fans of either.

  • Robyn Blaber
    2019-05-09 04:12

    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 come to light, like the idea that a voting machine could be hacked. Strange no one thinks that today, yet Dick saw it as an inevitability in the early 50's.

  • Bob Rust
    2019-04-26 03:28

    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 important subsidiary theme.

  • Jorps
    2019-05-09 01:24

    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

  • Noah
    2019-04-29 02:16

    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. Not recommended if you're new to P.K. Dick's work, but good if you're already a fan.

  • Leo Polovets
    2019-05-03 06:17

    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.