Solar Lottery Author:Philip K. Dick WIN THE LOTTERY WIN THE WORLD! — "SOLAR LOTTERY, a first novel by one of the most striking young magazine writers, creats a strange and facinating civilization for the year 2203, a culture based upon Heisenberg's ideas of randomnes and Von Neumann's Games Theory, with such logical developments as public office by lottery and formal overt assassin... more »ation.
"Against this background two plots develop, one of intricatedly deadly and suspenseful palace politics, one of an ambitions effort to rediscover our sun's one-glimpsed tenth planet...The body of the book is as elaborately exciting as vintage Van Vogt--with an added touch of C.M. Kornbluth's social satire."
--New York Herald Tribune
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I couldn't rate this book in terms of stars because I am basically judging it by two sets of standards--those of 1955 when it was first was first published, and by contemporary standards. For a book written in 1955, it is quite good. Much of the social commentary holds true today, even. However, the sexist attitudes, the chain smoking (even aboard a spaceship!), the idea of people living underground on Neptune or Uranus (mentioned in passing, but still laughable) as well as an old fashioned writing style combine to mark it as the old book that it is. I still enjoyed it though, since I have a taste (tolerance?) for classic science fiction.