Ubik

ISBN-10: 0547572298
ISBN-13: 9780547572291
Edition: 2012
Authors: Philip K. Dick
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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 dream-like state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, like 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 must do something to stop the time shifts before they all disappear. But first they need to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.Ubikdeals with the most classic of Philip K. Dick themes: the perception of reality. In a world with psychics, anti-psychics, and the virtual reality of half-life, it is almost impossible to tell just what is real and what is a dream—right to the last word. Named one ofTime's 100 greatest novels,Ubikis both a meditation on reality and a mind-bending puzzle.

Phillip Kindred Dick was an American science fiction writer best known for his psychological portrayals of characters trapped in illusory environments. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 16, 1928, Dick worked in radio and studied briefly at the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his writing career. His first novel, Solar Lottery, was published in 1955. In 1963, Dick won the Hugo Award for his novel, The Man in the High Castle. He also wrote a series of futuristic tales about artificial creatures on the loose; notable of these was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was later adapted into film as Blade Runner. Dick also published several collections of short stories. He died of a stroke in Santa Ana, California, in 1982.

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