Ubik

Ubik

eBook - 2012
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"From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you'll never be sure you've woken up from."—Lev Grossman, Time Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all. "More brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo."—Roberto Bolaño
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780547728247
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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casem
Jul 01, 2016

This is one of Philip K Dick's best novels regarding perceiving what we think is real. Elements of previous novels show up here but are reworked in an ingenious way. As others have said, this one is hard to put down.

hencarnacion Jan 19, 2015

First PKD book I read. Looking to read another one.

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MattPellerin
Jun 03, 2014

An absolute joy to read - the definition of a page turner. Seeing as there exists quite a body of work from Philip K Dick, this would be a perfect place to start for newer fans of the author. For those that have read the novel - i believe there is a film adaptation in the works from director Michel Gondry.

theorbys Jun 19, 2012

One of Dick's great themes, and his final one, is not just what is real, but what is reality and necessarily what that means to human being (including dying). Dick is more asking himself questions in Ubik than providing answers, as such answers can not be given very well in an arbitrarily made up science fiction context, and this novel firmly takes place in just such a made up, and brilliantly made up, world. Dick is on to hyperreality and the idea that you can't get out of it, even if you figure it out, it is just another in a set of Chinese boxes and all you can do is start trying to figure out the next one (and knowing that doesn't help either if you want to live a life.). Ubik is one of Dick's many best works.

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