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Ubik

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  34,114 ratings  ·  1,687 reviews
Was für Joe Chip und seine Kollegen als routinemäßiger Anti-Psi-Einsatz beginnt, endet in einem surrealen Albtraum. Ihr Chef Glen Runciter stirbt zwar bei einem Bombenanschlag – doch ist er wirklich tot? Chip empfängt merkwürdige Botschaften Runciters: Werbespots im Fernsehen, Graffitis an einer Toilettenwand, Kleingedrucktes auf Etiketten. Immer ist das Schlüsselwort in d ...more
Paperback, 427 pages
Published 2003 by Heyne (first published 1969)
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RandomAnthony
Phillip K Dick's Ubik flirts with perfection. I inhaled this novel over three days when one of my kids was sick and Christmas break was ending. I started the book on the couch during a Mythbusters marathon. By page fifty I wanted to shut the door and leave my kids to forage in the refrigerator for Gatorade and string cheese. And on Sunday night, when I closed the book, I felt satisfied and excited with a novel in a way that doesn't happen much. Ubik is fun, smart, and exhilarating.

Ok, let me
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Cecily
A clever, original and often very funny sci-fi story. It is about psychic power battles, the nature of death, alternative reality and changing the past. Or not.

FUN, FUN, FUN
It was published in 1969 and starts off in a sufficiently plausible but amusingly implausible 1992. In particular, the clothes take the flamboyance of the late '60s to extraordinary heights, for no obvious reason, other than fun. On the second page, we meet a man wearing "a tabby-fur blazer and pointed yellow shoes", which is
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Darwin8u
Friends, this wild review is 100% PKD approved. Ubik the review is only seconds away! Ubik the review is easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, nonflammable, and avoids directly mentioning those aspects of your existence that might make you squirm. Safe when read as directed. Avoid prolonged viewing. Beware grammatical and typographical errors.
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Dick, like Pynchon, has a THING for entropy and he perfected this theme in Ubik. While not a direct part of Dick's Gnostic God tril
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Kua
Come è possibile che Philip K. Dick sia stato nascosto ai miei occhi fino ad oggi? E io, in che parte dell'universo ho vissuto per non aver mai letto niente di suo? Sono allibita, sono sconcertata dalla mia ignoranza. Vergogna!
Certo che per avere delle paranoie simili, tanto bene Philip non doveva stare. Perchè un conto è non sapere se si è vivi o morti e va bè uno non lo sa e continua per la sua strada, un altro è non sapere che si è morti ma sospettarlo fortemente (brividi)... Questo romanzo
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Marvin
This is one of Philip K. Dick's strangest novels. Those who have read his novels know that is saying a lot. But there were a few surprises for me. This is one of his wittiest novels. There are a lot of clever moments especially at the beginning. Yet sooner or later Dick will take you into the weird dimension and he does it with finesse. I do not have the patience to describe the plot. Even the Goodreads description at the top is lacking. But all the necessary ingredients... frustrated protagonis ...more
Jaci
Mar 30, 2008 Jaci rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want to think hard
Shelves: read-in-2008, own
This was the first book that I have read by Philip K. Dick, and I was not disappointed. This novel was a page-turner and relatively quick read. It is hard for me to explain what I got out of this book because it dealt with some very abstract concepts, but here are my thoughts (as disjointed as they may be).

How do we know if what we are experiencing right now is life, and not half-life, death, or a reincarnation of ourselves? This was the main question that the characters of Ubik faced.

The book
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Kemper
I don't know why but I always get a huge kick out of reading an older sci-fi story that was set in the near future, but it's a date I've lived through. In 2001, I'd just randomly shout, "Kubrick and Clarke were wrong,! We don't have bases on the moon! Those fools!" This is another one where Phil didn't exactly nail 1992 writing in 1969, but it's still a pretty good story.

In this 1992, there are people with psionic powers like telepathy or precognition that are used for industrial sabotage, and r
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Penny
This book is pure genius! Even when I was as confused as Joe Chip about what in the hell was really going on, I loved every second of it. The concept behind this novel is brilliant. We spend a great deal of it unsure of what is real and what isn't and some of the ideas Dick manages to throw in as the story progresses had me grinning and shaking my head at the crazy logic of it all.

One of my favourites was the question of whether or not you can out-random a guy who had precogs tell him your every
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Bryce Wilson
My favorite PKD book. No mean feat considering I've read it five or six times and still barely have an understanding of what the hell is going on in the first third of the book.

Still once things get metaphysical it becomes a flat out masterpiece. Rarely has Dick's vision of the apocalypse of atrophy been given such a stirring rendition. Like Palmer Eldritch this is the story of the apocalypse on an internal scale rather then the usual external one, and its pretty freaking tremendous.
Marco Tamborrino
"Io sono vivo, voi siete morti."

Ascoltate un attimo. Ognuno di noi ha una concezione di realtà differente. Se le varie concezioni di realtà si mischiassero, cosa ne uscirebbe? Un miscuglio di realtà. Una non-realtà. È difficile da spiegare. In sintesi, potremmo aver fondato tutte le nostre vite su un'illusione che comprende ogni cosa che ci circonda. Quindi occorre uscirne. O tentare di guarire da questa scoperta dall'illusione. Nasce quindi Ubik. Vedete, Ubik è ogni cosa. Potrebbe essere Dio.
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Fewlas
Il filosofo spagnolo George Santayana disse: “L’esser sani non è che pazzia tesa al buon uso, la vita da svegli è un sogno sotto controllo”.

A volte, mentre senza farci troppo caso, si vive inerzialmente la propria vita, capita ad un certo punto che ci si blocchi, afferrati da un atroce dubbio.. Almeno, capita a me. E mi chiedo, quasi inconsapevolmente, se davvero esisto, se la materialità che avverto intorno a me sia reale.

In questi momenti, che amo etichettare come “epifanie”, avverto la mia c
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Brad
The concept behind Ubik is as brilliant as any of Philip K. Dick's ideas.

Glen Runciter is dead, or maybe he's not. All the people who work for him in his anti-paranormal "Prudence Organization" are dead, or maybe they're not. But even if they're dead (having been attacked by the big Kahuna of paranormal activity), they're being kept in half-life at a Swiss cryogenic facility where they may now be under attack from a soul predator who sucks the vitality out of their half-life, devouring them to
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Warning: Use only as directed. And with caution.

Written in 1969, Ubik is one of Philip K. Dick’s most popular science fiction novels. It’s set in a future 1992 where some humans have develop psi and anti-psi powers which they are willing to hire out to individuals or companies who want to spy (or block spying) on others. Also in this alternate 1992, if you’ve got the money, you can put your beloved recently-deceased relatives into “coldpac” where they can
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Mike Philbin
Ubik is a brilliant book mixing horror with humour in such a deep and poignant way. What I was most inspired by were the chapter headings, those little UBIKverts - this was a concept I butchered for self-marketing purposes back in the Hertzan Chimera daze:

UBIQUITOUSLY, HERTZAN CHIMERA

Hertzan Chimera Vaseline
The best way to ask for vaseline is to sing out Hertzan Chimera. Made from select goose grease, morons, slow-aged for perfect smoothness, Hertzan Chimera is the nation's number-one choice i
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Mohnish
What hallucinating narcotic stimulants had PKD been on while writing this wicked metaphysical novel shall remain an obscure affair like most of the enigmatic events occurring in this mind-fucking piece of genius i.e Ubik. One can only conjecture that he was getting some good shit. Maybe something like those drugs in Limitless or Lucy. How cynical of me? The guy had genuine amazing talent for which I should be admiring him. Ubik with its compound chills & thrills is one hell of a ride.

Welcom
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Kibisis
Ubik E':
Apparecchio elettrico. Birra di Cleveland. Caffè tostato. Condimento per insalate. Digestivo. Rasoio. Pellicola extralucida. Consulente bancario. Balsamo per capelli. Deodorante spray. Sonnifero. Cibo per tostapane. Reggiseno. Pellicola quadristrato per alimenti. Dentifricio. Cereali tostati. Ed è anche... niente di tutto questo.

Perchè non ha forma né nome. Si trova in bomboletta, è vero, ma è solo l'involucro che serve a contenerne l'essenza. In un universo che tende in ogni modo a cost
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Apatt
Mind blown!

Philip K. Dick is generally very welled loved by the sf readership, nobody writes quite like him. His novels tend to mess with my head and leave me WTF-ing, wondering where I am and what is going on. In a good way of course.

It is difficult for me to choose a Dick favorite, I have never read anything by him that I did not like. Still, if I must choose one I would choose Ubik. The different layers of reality remind me of The Matrix, Inception and Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven. No
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Stuart
It took me 39 years to get around to it, but I've finally started reading PKD's reality-bending novels, and this one is excellent. UBIK is much stranger and more darkly humorous than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It starts out with a very far-fetched future world set in 1992, and the plot revolves around telepaths, inertials, prudence organizations, snarky coin-operated household appliances, "cold-pac" half-life moratoriums, crazily excessive clothing styles, mysterious life-enhancing spr ...more
M.L. Rudolph
1969. Written five years before PKD experienced his 2-3-74 vision which he then spent the rest of his life exploring, researching, recording, challenging, buttressing, re-examining, and relating to his body of work.

Ubik--you'll have to read the book to get the meaning of the term--unspools in a future (1992)Dickian world where corporations are interplanetary, the government is global, communication is by fixed-line vidphones, and telepaths, inertials, and precogs read telepathic aura. Oh, and t
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Giuseppe
Se il buongiorno si vede dal mattino, questo 2012 si presenta ottimamente con una lettura scoppiettante.

Dopo essermi cimentato con Un oscuro scrutare, Le tre stimmate di Palmer Eldritch, La svastica sul sole, è arrivato il momento di affrontare uno dei capisaldi della narrativa dickiana: Ubik.

A detta di molti è il capolavoro di Dick. Onestamente ho preferito "Le tre stimmate di Palmer Eldritch". Ma usare il verbo preferire è ingiusto, visto che stiamo parlando di due capolavori che hanno diversi
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Ugur
Philip K. Dick'in 1969 yılında yazmış olduğu Ubik isimli kitabı sanırım okuduğum en ilginç kitaplardan birisi oldu. Bilimkurgunun nasıl, çok ufak bir etkiyle bir hikayenin içine girebileceğini gösteriyor. Hikaye bilim kurgu özelliklerinin yanında aslında bir gerilim-korku kitabı olarak ilerliyor.

Gerek konusu, gerek eğlendirmesi açısından son derece güzel bir kitap.

Konusu çok basit olarak çeşitli medyum yeteneklerine sahip insanların bir organizasyonda çalışması ve aydaki bir görevlendirmede bekl
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Sentimental Surrealist
Fans of various other sci-fi authors might wonder why I give Philip K. Dick a pass for his characterization (which isn't so much poor as it is that he recycles the same set of characters) and dodgy gender politics where I discredit novelists like Stephenson (who I like regardless), Gibson (who I like regardless) and Heinlein (who I don't like). There's a very simple answer to that: Philip K. Dick wrote Ubik. If Snow Crash was as good as Ubik, I'd have no issue with the fact that it runs more on ...more
Leonard
When a bomb explodes on Luna and kills Glen Runciter, head of an anti-psi prudence organization, the world begins reversing in time and his team of anti-telepaths dying off one after another, shriveling up and decaying into dregs. The new leader, Joe Clip, must keep Runciter in half-life, the mind continuing to work while the body suspended and decaying, find the cause even as he began to decay. Through his half-dead boss, Joe realizes only Ubik, a mysterious spray, could save his life, but an e ...more
Katy
Please note: This review was written in Sept. of 2007.

When reading Ubik, the first comparison that came to mind was Don DeLilo's White Noise (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) Not due to any special thematic comparison, but because of the advertisements for great new products named Ubik at the beginning of each paragraph in the story; this reminded me of the constant low-level onslaught of information that came at you while reading White Noise.

As far as the story itself - what can one say
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Tony
Ubik is the best of the novels I've read by Philip K. Dick, the classic sci-fi writer whose works have inspired a series of movies, such as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report. About Dick, Ursula K. LeGuin writes, "The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges." This seems to me right on. Dick is the great postmodern author of the simulacrum ...more
David
What a hilarious--and horrifying science fiction story! The story starts in the year 1992--23 years after the book was written. Companies hire psychics for commercial purposes, while their competitors hire anti-psychics. Commercialism is rampant--you have to deposit a nickel to use the door to your own apartment! When people die, they can be placed "in a cold pack" and set to a moratorium where they enter into a "half-life". In half-life, they can talk with their still-living relatives. But thei ...more
Nate D
Nov 25, 2011 Nate D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: telepaths in cold-pac
Recommended to Nate D by: the subtext of television comercials
Completely absurd yet simultaneously existentially terrifying, this deals very well with one of Dick's foremost recurring themes: the instability, or indefiniteness, or just fundamental inaccuracy of assumptions about reality. Not that I've actually seen it, but in some ways this seems to be a predecessor of what I understand to be the plot of Jacob's Ladder: a group of people whose time seems to be running out in a disquieting manner with deep implications towards their actual state of existenc ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Innocuo se usato secondo le istruzioni.

Come spesso capita quando si ha a che fare con autori così complessi, dai tempi de La svastica sul sole mi sono ritrovata ad avere con Philip K. Dick un rapporto controverso: sono affascinata dalle sue storie, tremendamente affascinata; e tuttavia il modo che ha di raccontarle continua a farmi storcere il naso, anche dopo Ubik, che, oltretutto, ritengo di diversi gradini superiore alla sopracitata Svastica. E' doveroso, me ne rendo conto, motivare questa mi
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Maggie K
I so love the IDEA of this book, that I want to give an energetic 5. But as I was looking at the stars, I just couldnt do it.

A futuristic Psionics corporation is dealt a death blow when a group of the mediums is attacked on a lunar base and the head of the company is killed. Or is he? The remaining mediums try to bring his body to a moratorium, only to experience all sorts of questionable visions and graffitti left by their supposedly dead boss...Can it be THEY'RE the dead ones?

Could be so great
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Erich Franz Guzmann
Well… another PKD masterpiece! Ubik was amazing! This is the kind of novel that will never leave me, physically and mentally. I am still trying to figure it out and that’s what I love about it! I have heard that Philip K. Dick has trouble concluding his novels, but I think he concluded Ubik perfectly. By not necessarily ending it, I have created five more chapters in my mind and they are changing constantly, in the same way my memories and dreams do. This is a book that you’ll want to highlight ...more
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. 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 Memo ...more
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“He felt all at once like an ineffectual moth, fluttering at the windowpane of reality, dimly seeing it from outside.” 23 likes
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