Ubik by Philip K. Dick

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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
 

About Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Mariner Books. 241 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Another of Mr. Dick's staggeringly complex futuramas in which a group of "anti-talents" (they negate telepathic and precognitive abilities) are caught up in an explosion, slowly taken back in time to 1939 and spend an amazing amount of energy trying to figure out if they're alive or dead and/or i...

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The currency begins to feature Runciter on it, and Chip begins to receive messages from him, suggesting that Glen Runciter must be alive.

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Suite 101

Philip Dick's Ubik showcases an author's ability to blend genres and transport his readers into an alternate reality where death and comedy are connected.

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SF Site Review: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch SF Site Review: Time Out Of Joint SF Site Review: The Game-Players of Titan SF Site Review: Minority Report SF Site Review: Now Wait For Last Year SF Site Review: Dr. Bloodmoney SF Site Review: Beyond Lies the Wub and The Father-Thing S...

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ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Beyond Lies the Wub / The Father-Thing SF Site Review: Second Variety SF Site Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Martian Time-Slip and A Scanner Darkly SF Site Reading List: Philip K.

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One of Dick’s more brain-damaging (that’s a compliment!) novels in which Joe Chip and a team of anti-psi’s are taken to the Moon by their employer, Glen Runciter, to protect the work of a client who fears psi infiltration of his company.

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