The Game-Players of Titan

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Years ago, Earth and Titan fought a war and Earth lost. The planet was irradiated and most of the surviving population is sterile. The few survivors play an intricate and unending game called Bluff at the behest of the slug-like aliens who rule the planet. At stake in the game are two very important commodities: land and spouses. Pete Garden just lost his wife and Berkeley, California, but he has a plan to win them back. That is, if he isn’t derailed by aliens, psychic traitors,...

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Overview

Years ago, Earth and Titan fought a war and Earth lost. The planet was irradiated and most of the surviving population is sterile. The few survivors play an intricate and unending game called Bluff at the behest of the slug-like aliens who rule the planet. At stake in the game are two very important commodities: land and spouses. Pete Garden just lost his wife and Berkeley, California, but he has a plan to win them back. That is, if he isn’t derailed by aliens, psychic traitors, or his new wife.

The Game-Players of Titan is both satire and adventure, examining the ties that bind people together and the maddening peccadilloes of bureaucracy, whether the bureaucrats are humans or alien slugs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780547572437
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 363,511
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary writers of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Wonder Woman aka Diana

    Dude if you dont know her look her up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    not PKD's best, but worth reading

    In a future Earth occupied by alien forces, the human population is dwindling and the birth rate has gotten dangerously low. Everyone hopes for luck -- luck in game of Bluff, where real estate and even wives are won and lost, and luck in their procreation efforts. Pete Garden's luck has been waning lately, but he hopes to turn things around by recruiting a retired Bluff pioneer to help him win back the city of Berkeley from its new owner, who also happens to be the all-time Bluff champion. There's plenty going on beneath the surface that is revealed over time: political intrigue among the occupying alien invaders, psionic resistance groups, and reality-shaking revelations and double-crosses. Typical for Philip K. Dick, the characters are nuanced and the setting is ambitious, but the plot unfortunately never truly coalesces and we are left with a somewhat unsatisfactory conclusion. While Game-Players isn't one of PKD's best books, it's still well worth a read by fans of the author, but it won't be a suitable introduction for the uninitiated.

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