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Ubik: The Screenplay

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  101 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Subterranean Press is proud to make Philip K. Dick's screenplay adaptation of one of his signature novels available for the first time in more than twenty years. Copies of the first edition of Ubik: the Screenplay now fetch more than $100 on the collector's market, when you can find them. In addition, the screenplay features an ending that differs markedly from that of the ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published August 25th 2008 by Subterranean Press (first published 1985)
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Jan 10, 2009 Gabriel rated it liked it
The Ubik screenplay is what it is: an early-draft screenplay by a novelist who had never even tried to write a screenplay before. It doesn't add much to the story, and it doesn't take away much either-- in fact, most of the dialog is lifted directly from the novel. As a result it's about three times as long as a screenplay should be, and is basically unfilmable. What I *do* like about it is the added detail-- we get more description of people, places, and things that we see in the novel. It didn ...more
Stephen Thomas
Aug 30, 2016 Stephen Thomas rated it really liked it
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Caution: Ubik may cause cranial implosion in those unfamiliar with the work of Philip K. Dick.

If you are new to the work of PKD I would strongly suggest that you buy the original novel version of this work rather than this screenplay. This is an interesting work for a self-confessed Dickophile such as myself but it’s debatable whether it would be of much interest to the casual reader.

Phil has written an interesting but quite unusable script.
Jul 06, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I cannot judge this book on its quality by screenplay standards nor by how it compares to Dick's Ubik novel (I read it close to ten years ago). I can say that this screenplay feels more like the classic PKD style than any of the movies others have adapted from his works (with the exception of Linklater's A Scanner Darkly). It was a fun quick read that made me want to jump right into more PKD books. It is a shame this never got put to film.
Freeman Crouch
May 14, 2013 Freeman Crouch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all this isn't a screenplay in the ordinary sense. PKD was approached to write a screenplay for his novel Ubik, and he ended up writing a sort of revision of the novel, with a bunch of novelistic storytelling that wouldn't be there in a real screenplay. Think of this as basically a PKD novel with some screenwriting conventions tacked on.

There are plot differences between this and Ubik, significant enough that if you have read Ubik and liked it, you really, really, need to read this, and
Jun 06, 2014 Claire rated it did not like it
This story just brought to mind too many things I disliked for me to continue trying to make it through. Since my friend pointed out to me I don't have to read what I don't like, I gave up.

While it's true you can't mature as a person without encountering dislikeable things (e.g. the GULag), I decided it's not worth pushing it.

Different people like different things. So while a different friend highly recommended this to me, I didn't take to it.
David Allen
Feb 15, 2014 David Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this immediately after reading (and loving) Ubik, and while the novel is preferable, Dick's attempt at a screenplay is a fascinating second take on the same material.
Aug 15, 2012 Brendan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a shame this screenplay has not been readapted or filmed, as it would definitely be one of the better adaptations of Dick's work. For the most part, it always seems to me that the best film adaptations of Philip K. Dick have been of his short stories; Blade Runner and A Scanner Darkly, while both fantastic films, fall a bit short of their source material, while films like Total Recall and Minority Report seem much closer to hitting the nail on the head. Dick's adaptation of his own work int ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting complement to the novel; reading the directorial notes definitely gave me a different angle on some of the characters.
C.A. Chicoine
May 19, 2012 C.A. Chicoine rated it really liked it
This book was a re-read. I originally read it in 2008. I re-read it following re-reading the book "Ubik", by the same author.

I enjoyed both versions, although the screenplay is more polished. PKD has a way of ending some of his stories that don't settle right with me. Some books would have been better ended a chapter early, such as Ubik -- both the book and the screenplay. But, that's one of those qualities that many fans of his work crave.

It's a story well worth reading.
Phillip Ramirez
Feb 19, 2011 Sacha rated it it was ok
A futuristic sci-fi that you need to pay attention to. To understand this book, you need to read carefully because it can get confusing.
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Oct 11, 2008 Brendan McAuliffe rated it it was ok
I had the first edition of this
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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