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Ubik (original 1969; edition 1978)

by Philip K. Dick (Author)

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Info:Panther (1978), Edition: (Reissue), Paperback, 192 pages
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Ubik by Philip K. Dick (1969)

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Typical of Dick's books there are many plot twists and the ending is a surprise. Fun read. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but I've always got time for PKD. Ubik is considered one of his masterpieces (it made Time's list of the 100 greatest novels since 1923) and, while I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, it has earned a place in my permanent collection. Like all of Dick's work, Ubik is a jarring exploration of the nature of reality; a tidy synopsis is impossible, but suffice it to say that the novel is set in a bleak, paranoiac future where nothing is as it seems. There are some ghastly moments which border on horror (see also Dick's short story "A Little Something for Us Tempunauts"), and many readers will be frustrated by the book's ambiguous conclusion...but, if you're in a philosophical frame of mind, Ubik will give you much to ponder. ( )
  Jonathan_M | Mar 2, 2017 |
that was trippy but pretty good ( )
  mystic506 | Sep 3, 2016 |
It's always neat to read classic SF that takes place in a future that is now our past. This story takes place in 1992, but they have very advanced space travel/colonization, cryogenic freezing that allows a person to communicate after they've died, and people with psychic abilities: telepathy, precognition, etc. There are also people with natural abilities that counteract the psy talents. The plot revolves more or less around a man's death, who killed him, and why time seems to be shifting around. It's really fascinating and exciting and then suddenly it's like the author threw in so many red herrings he forgot what actually happened, to the point where the final scene makes exactly zero sense in the context of the rest of the book. It's supposed to be a twist ending, but too many things happened that directly contradict it. It's a shame, because I was really looking forward to seeing where all this madness was leading. Apparently nowhere. ( )
  melydia | Aug 23, 2016 |
Wonderfully surreal musing on reality. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jun 28, 2016 |
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Adams, MarcCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jones, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lem, StanislawAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, AlexanderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ich sih die liehte heide
in gruener varwe stan
dar suln wir alle gehen
die sumerzeit enpahen.

I see the sunstruck forest
In green it stands complete. 
There soon we are all going, 
The summertime to meet.
For Tony Boucher
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At three-thirty A.M. on the night of June 5, 1992, the top telepath in the Sol System fell off the map in the offices of Runciter Associates in New York City.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679736646, Paperback)

Nobody but Philip K. Dick could so successfully combine SF comedy with the unease of reality gone wrong, shifting underfoot like quicksand. Besides grisly ideas like funeral parlors where you swap gossip for the advice of the frozen dead, Ubik (1969) offers such deadpan farce as a moneyless character's attack on the robot apartment door that demands a five-cent toll:

"I'll sue you," the door said as the first screw fell out.

Joe Chip said, "I've never been sued by a door. But I guess I can live through it."

Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic snooping and paranormal dirty tricks. When its special team tackles a big job on the Moon, something goes terribly wrong. Runciter is killed, it seems--but messages from him now appear on toilet walls, traffic tickets, or product labels. Meanwhile, fragments of reality are timeslipping into past versions: Joe Chip's beloved stereo system reverts to a hand-cranked 78 player with bamboo needles. Why does Runciter's face appear on U.S. coins? Why the repeated ads for a hard-to-find universal panacea called Ubik ("safe when taken as directed")?

The true, chilling state of affairs slowly becomes clear, though the villain isn't who Joe Chip thinks. And this is Dick country, where final truths are never quite final and--with the help of Ubik--the reality/illusion balance can still be tilted the other way. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:36 -0400)

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A dead man sends haunting warnings back from the grave, and Joe Chip must solve these mysteries to determine his own real or surreal existence

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