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Ubik by [Philip K. Dick]
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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 alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary writers of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : April 17, 2012
  • File Size : 7192 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 241 pages
  • Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint Edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • ASIN : B005LVR6ZA
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 977 ratings

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Deckard
5.0 out of 5 stars Get UBIK! Science fiction masterwork. (Safe if read as directed)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, funny and disturbing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Dick Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!
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