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The year is 2650 and Gilbert Gosseyn has amnesia and lives on Earth, which is ruled by a Machine. People have to prove themselves superior by participating in games that the Machine oversees. The way to prove you're superior is by demonstrating philosophical understanding of a concept known as Null-A. This concept means you are able to control your emotions and think logically. The word null-A stands for non-Aristotelian. The people in this future are attempting to be logical and a lot of the ideas in the book come from a real philosophy known as General Semantics. In a fantastically suspenseful plot that keeps moving forward at a rapid pace, the protagonist discovers a few things about himself, but not much. One of the things he discovers is that he has two brains and is immortal! The book moves quickly between Earth and Venus and rushes to a final conclusion that is literally out of this world.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   controls your mind Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's a slave/repressed?    -   computer/robots in charge

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   teleportation Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Terrain    -   Forests    -   Domed/Underground City Which planet?    -   Venus Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st 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)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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