Ubik by Philip K. DickUbik by Philip K. Dick


byPhilip K. Dick

Paperback | April 17, 2012

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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 Bolano
Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the n...
Title:UbikFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547572298

ISBN - 13:9780547572291

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely worth a second read! This is the first book I've read by PKD and I'm happy I read it! The author does a great job of holding the readers interest while developing a complex storyline. Since reading this book I've bought A Scanner Darkly and will continue to read any book by PKD.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Nightmare That Is Never Escaped This is PKD at his finest. In a world where the dead can be suspended in a dream-like state of half-life, and where psychic powers are prevalent are prevalent, the novel does not take long to descend into utter insanity. Following an attack on a group of psychic spies, characters soon experience bizarre occurrences and their grasp on reality slips away. They are swallowed up into nightmarish world that is succumbing to strange forces of disorder and decay, and the only thing that can maintain order is the guidance of their presumed dead boss, who seems to be communicating to them through the very fabric of the world they're in, and a substance called Ubik. Ubik is unchanging, and provides stability in a world that is becoming increasingly erratic ad threatening to melt into senselessness. As the characters try desperately to get a hold of Ubik and to the bottom of their predicament, the confusion and disarray only amplifies. Similarly, just as the reader begins to grasp their situation, to establish some sort of secondary reality that they inhabit made of the fragments of their inner selves, the apparent resolution is thrown completely in a baffling fashion. The novel resembles a dream that you're unsure if you've woken up from, it resembles the paranoia and confusion of a schizophrenic episode, a disconnected mind left to its inner workings. After witnessing such a powerful existential nightmare, an acute sense of uncertainty, of not being on solid ground, develops and remains even when the book is put down. This book will make you contemplate, not only the perplexing labyrinths of the mind, but the bewildering nature of reality and being itself. It is certainly a monument of sci-fi literature.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind-bending Amazing. Takes a while to adjust back top reality after putting it down.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit of a thrill ride Another classic sci-fi book that feels a little like the author was making it up as he was writing, but in this case the story was interesting enough that the stream of consciousness thing actually knid of works.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Just started reading Philip K Dick's books and I gotta say I am a huge fan! There's a lot of parallel themes in his novels and similar things in multiple worlds (I just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). The worlds he builds are genuinely so rich and complex - I find myself completely enthralled in his books. Ubik was really good, super plot heavy and thrilling. Things change at a quick pace and you find yourself hanging onto every word to find out what happens next. I had to keep rereading to keep up with all the plot twists. I didn't particularly like the protagonist in this novel but still found it a great read!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book one of dick's many great sci-fi novels
Date published: 2017-06-13
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down... It took a couple novels before becoming accustom to P.K. Dick's writing style. It becomes absolutely addictive and entrancing. This novel is my favourite of his works to date...
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! It proves once again the genius of one the the genre masters, and my second all times favorite sci fi authors, K. Dick (Herbert being the first, if anybody wonders...)
Date published: 2014-08-19