samskivert: The Game Players of Titan – Philip K. Dick (3)

08 June 2002

Dick had an amazing imagination and no qualms about using it. Though he didn’t devote much effort to creating consistent alternate universes, unlike some of my other favorite sci-fi authors, his stories always use the liberties taken with reality to excellent effect. The Game Players of Titan touches on many of Dick’s favorite subjects: telepathy, drugs, California, and wild, deluded paranoia. Like a piece of improvisational jazz, it toys with its themes, at times harmonizing, other times punctuatingly dissonant. Unfortunately, it also bears another common feature of his books, rather than ending with a bang, it just sort of fades away.

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