The Game-Players of Titan Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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Plot & Themes

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 Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   has game where people are hunted Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   gambler Age:    -   40's-50's


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?    -   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

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