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In the year 2203, power is transferred through a random lottery that picks the Quizmaster, the most powerful position on Earth. Challengers may be chosen to take out the Quizmaster legally by assassination. This is not an easy method, however, because the Quizmaster is protected by a Corps of telepaths (known as "teepers") who can easily tell when a threat is near. When 10-year Quizmaster Verrick is toppled and replaced by 63-year-old Cartwright, an electronics repairman and socially progressive Prestonite (follower of the long-dead freethinker John Preston, who insisted there was a tenth planet in the Solar System, beyond Pluto, which he named Flame Disc), Verrick schemes to position an assassin to take out the new Quizmaster so Verrick can regain power. Biochemist Ted Benteley, the hero of this novel, has just been thrown out of work and pledges fealty to Verrick, only to learn that he will be one of about 24 experts and intellects whose consciousnesses will be filtered in and out of a robot Verrick has maneuvered to get chosen as assassin, so that teeps will not be able to keep mental track of him as he stalks Cartwright. The Corps responds by hiding the new Quizmaster at Luna base, where the robot assassin inexorably follows him, and the chase eventually leads to Flame Disc, the legendary tenth planet. This is one of Dick's simpler, more straightforward plots, from 1955.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods    -   has game where people are hunted Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   telepath (scifi) Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   fighting evil robot(s)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Which planet?    -   Earth's Moon Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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