The Game-Players of Titan, Paperback Book
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Philip K Dick's classic dystopian novel set in the future where the remaining human survivors on Earth must gamble for their future with aliens from Titan, one of the moons circling Saturn.Roaming the pristine landscape of Earth, cared for by machines and aliens, the few remaining humans alive since the war with Titan play Bluff, allowing them to win or lose property and also form new marriages in order to maximise the remote chance some pairings will produce a child.

When Pete Garden, a particularly suicidal member of the Pretty Blue Fox game-playing group, loses his current wife and his deed to Berkeley, he stumbles upon a far bigger, more sinister version of the game.

The telepathic, slug-like Vugs of Titan are the players and at stake is the Earth itself.The Game-Players of Titan is a brilliantly conceived vision of a future dystopia, full of imaginative detail, moments of pure humour and thought-provoking musings on the nature of perception, as the seemingly straightforward narrative soon turns into a tumultuous nightmare of delusion, precognition and conspiracy.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007115884

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3.5/5<br/><br/>Sulla terra convivono terrestri e titaniani dopo la guerra tra America e Cina. A causa delle armi usate gli umani sono per la maggior parte sterili e solo alcune combinazioni fortunate portano a nuove nascite.<br/>Le combinazioni sono decise, così come la divisione delle città, dal Gioco introdotto dai titaniani sulla Terra (che poi è il Monopoli modificato e reso meno noioso).<br/>Il romanzo ha un inizio rilassato con la perdita di Berkley da parte di Pete e l'arrivo di Luckman nei tavoli di gioco californiani, poi, dopo una brusca svolta, aumenta il ritmo degli eventi narrati.<br/>Molti temi sono quelli classici di Dick come la confusione rispetto alla realtà e le allucinazioni che ne derivano, il concetto di simulacri come inganno, la presenza di pre-cog e il gioco come distrazione dalla sconfortante realtà.<br/>La parte conclusiva è forse un po' sbrigativa e poteva essere resa più chiaramente, in generale l'ho trovato un buon romanzo e una buona partenza per chi non ha mai letto nulla dell'autore.<br/><br/>---<br/>On Earth both terrestrial and titanians are living after the war between America and Cina. The weapons used on that war had as consequence the sterility of most human beings and a few couple combinations are luck enough to give birth.<br/>These combinations are decided, as the city owning, by the Game introduced on Earth by the titanians (that it is basically the Monopoly game modified to be less boring).<br/>The beginning of the novel is quite slow with Pete losing Berkely and Luckman coming to play the Game in California, then there is a turnover point after which the plot becomes more entertaining.<br/>There are some themes common in Dick's novels like the confusion about reality and the consequent hallucinatory states, the simulacra and pre-cog presence and the game as a distraction from the actual discomforting reality.<br/>In my opinion the conclusion is too hurried, in general I found this a good novel and a good starting point for who has not read anything by this author.<br/><br/><br/>