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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
SALES POINTS 'One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac' - Sunday Times 'My literary hero' -- Fay Weldon 'For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first' -- Terry Gilliam --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
One PKD's finest novels. I absolutely loved this book. Amazon asked me about how the story was narrated. You have to read the book to find out and I still don't know. Read morePublished 1 day ago by James
This was often times very difficult to understand, the immensity of the confusion caused by the oddness of it all. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Corey Duke
Good read. Had me scratching my head and wanting to reread to find things that I might missed.Published 13 days ago by Salomon
PKD is such a great writer, so it's always a pleasure to dive into his worlds. It's bizarre to read his vision of the 1992 "future", written before the Internet or even CDs. Read morePublished 27 days ago by TarahTastes
It's hard for me to read "vintage" sci-fi because I prefer modern hard sci-fi and space opera like Hamilton, Stephenson, Wolfe, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very dated references, but they almost work in the odd time flux story. It's a strange PK Dick novel just like you would expectPublished 1 month ago by Dave W Hutchin
When you consider that this was written nearly 50 years ago it is aPublished 1 month ago by Russell Mucklow