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"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.
I really had trouble following the story for the first couple chapters. A little more far fetched than I had imagined. Read morePublished 4 days ago by skyhaggis
What is reality?? Just when you think you know, you find yourself asking the question again. In Ubik, not all is as it seems, and just when you think you have figured it out, you... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Henry
So far I've read
Vulcan's hammer --extremely dated, like reading an old Asimov
The three stigmata of Palmer Eldritch --also very good, 4 stars, as good as... Read more
Robots may dream of electric sheep, but does anybody care if an entire novel is a giant red herring, of which you care none the faintest how it ends up??? Read morePublished 17 days ago by Big T
Interesting story. Makes me want to read more PKD. I used the kindle narration feature and this novel kept me entertained on a very long drive.Published 22 days ago by Von Neumann
A paranoid study of death through the eyes of the those on both sides of the spectrum... Maybe. Classic thriller pace with a hearty slice of sci-fi pie. Read morePublished 27 days ago by sam goldenberg
It is not a comfortable tale. I don't think any Dick is. But the story sweeps you along till you think you know what is real. But do we ever?Published 1 month ago by kase519
Lots of interesting ideas about the nature of existence, time and space. I really like being inside his interesting head!Published 1 month ago by Panamajama