|Plot Summary of The Game-Players of Titan|
After wars between China and the US wiped out all but several million on Earth, the inhabitants of Titan -- known familiarly as "vugs" -- found it easy to take over. For some reason, though humans have found the key to long life, they also experience great difficulty reproducing, and the vug administration has imposed the Game on earthlings as a method of keeping them occupied. Pete Garden, 150 years old, has been married 18 times (hardly out of the ordinary), but he's been having trouble with alcohol and drugs and as a consequence has just lost Berkeley and his latest wife in the Game. Assigned a new wife, he aches to get Berkeley back, and his team eventually finds themselves going up against a vug team that can read minds and even change the denominations on the playing cards! How can he possibly win? This 1963 Dick novel is comparatively conventional, and reads quite smoothly.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Game-Players of Titan|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- cynical or dry-wit
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- two lovers coping with tough mission
Repressive society story
- has game where people are hunted
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
- medium future 22-24th century
Takes place on Earth?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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