Sunday, September 09, 2012

Review of Solar Lottery

Solar Lottery (Gollancz)Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whenever you open a Phillip K. Dick novel you should prepare yourself to climb onto a roller coaster of ups, downs, chills, spills and psychedelic wonders. Solar Lottery (1955) surprisingly does not show its age. If possible, its characters and storyline seem even more relevant in the 21st century. The "serfs" are forced to serve their rich corporate fat cat masters who own their bodies and souls. The seemingly randomness of appointing the Quizmaster, who rules the known universe for a set time, mirrors the capriciousness of Wall Street brokers. Dick paints a future human civilization with strong echoes of 2012.

To quote protagonist Ted Benteley:

"...What are you supposed to do in a society that's corrupt? Are you supposed to obey corrupt laws? Is it a crime to break a law that's a rotten law, or an oath that's rotten?"

"It's a crime," Cartwright admitted slowly. "But it may be the right thing to do."

"In a society of criminals," Shaeffer offered, "the innocent man goes to jail."

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