|Plot Summary of World of Chance|
|"Dick's story, published in 1956, bears an uncomfortable resemblance to present-day circumstances. In World of Chance, a few corporate powers control the world.
When the Bottle twitches an unknown into the number one position, ironically restoring the original intent of the designers of the system, a team from the Directorate arrive. They expect that Cartwright will, like almost everyone else, have sworn fealty to one of the 'Hills' (multinational corporates) or perhaps sold his PowerCard on the black market. But Cartwright still has his Power-Card.
Dick's hero, Cartwright, is the leader of the Prestonites, a society which reveres a dead writer who claimed that a tenth planet existed. When Cartwright takes power, the few members of the society take off in an ancient ore freighter, trying to find the planet. The planet, described in Preston's novel 'The Flame Disc', represents the last chance for men to establish a world free of corrupt corporate bosses.
The ex-Quizmaster, Verrick, is determined to seize control again. To circumvent the telepathic Corps of anti-assassins, he has his Hill, the Chemie corporate, fabricate an android, Keith Pellig, that can be motivated by any one of a team of different operators, whose minds are switched into Pellig's body at random.
Dick's story, which comes from the golden age of pulp SF, stands way above its contemporaries. The story still holds its own compared with any current offerings, and offers disturbing, prophetic, parallels with trends we see around us today.
Clive Warner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of World of Chance|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- deposing an evil leader
Political power play
- overthrowing govt/kingdom
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- futuristic human freighter/transport
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
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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