By Philip K. Dick
“From the stuff of house opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror tale, a nightmare you’ll by no means be certain you’ve woken up from.”—Lev Grossman, Time
Glen Runciter runs a profitable business—deploying his groups of anti-psychics to company consumers who wish privateness and safety from psychic spies. but if he and his best group are ambushed via a rival, he's gravely injured and put in “half-life,” a dreamlike country of suspended animation. quickly, although, the surviving individuals of the crew start experiencing a few unusual phenomena, reminiscent of Runciter’s face showing on cash and the area seeming to maneuver backward in time. As consumables become worse and expertise will get ever extra primitive, the crowd must discover what's inflicting the shifts and what a mysterious product referred to as Ubik has to do with all of it.
“More terrific than related experiments carried out through Pynchon or DeLillo.”—Roberto Bolaño
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Joe acknowledged, “Do any of you recognize the identify of the executive of the loved Brethren Moratorium? ” “Herbert something,” Tippy Jackson stated. “A German identify. ” Wendy Wright, wondering, acknowledged, “Herbert Schoenheit von Vogelsang. I bring it to mind simply because Mr. Runciter as soon as instructed me it capability ‘Herbert, the wonderful thing about the track of birds. ’ I want I have been named that. I bear in mind pondering that on the time. ” “You might marry him,” Tito Apostos stated. “I’m going to marry Joe Chip,” Wendy stated in a somber, introspective voice, with childlike gravity. “Oh? ” Pat Conley stated. Her light-saturated black eyes ignited. “Are you actually? ” “Can you alter that too? ” Wendy acknowledged. “With your expertise? ” Pat acknowledged, “I’m residing with Joe. I’m his mistress. less than our association I pay his accounts. I paid his entrance door, this morning, to enable him out. with out me he’d nonetheless be in his conapt. ” “And our journey to Luna,” Al Hammond acknowledged, “would no longer have taken position. ” He eyed Pat, a fancy expression on his face. “Perhaps no longer today,” Tippy Jackson mentioned, “but finally. What distinction does it make? anyways, i believe that’s nice for Joe to have a mistress who will pay his entrance door. ” She nudged Joe at the shoulder, her face beaming with what struck Joe as salacious approval. a type of vicarious having fun with of his deepest, own actions; in Mrs. Jackson a voyeur dwelt underneath her extroverted floor. “Give me the ship’s over-all mobilephone book,” he acknowledged. “I’ll notify the moratorium to anticipate us. ” He studied his wrist watch. Ten extra mins of flight. “Here’s the telephone e-book, Mr. Chip,” Jon Ild acknowledged, after a seek; he passed him the heavy sq. field with its keyboard and microscanner. Joe typed out SWITZ, then ZUR, then BLVD BRETH MORA. “Like Hebrew,” Pat acknowledged from in the back of him. “Semantic condensations. ” The microscanner whisked backward and forward, deciding upon and discarding; ultimately its mechanism popped up a punch card, which Joe fed into the phone’s receptor slot. the telephone stated tinnily, “This is a recording. ” It expelled the punch card vigorously. “The quantity that you have given me is out of date. if you would like suggestions, position a crimson card in—” “What’s the date on that yellow pages? ” Joe requested Ild, who was once returning it to its convenient garage shelf. Ild tested the data stamped at the rear of the field. “1990. years previous. ” “That can’t be,” Edie Dorn acknowledged. “This send didn’t exist years in the past. every little thing on it and in it really is new. ” Tito Apostos stated, “Maybe Runciter lower a couple of corners. ” “Not at all,” Edie acknowledged. “He lavished care, cash and engineering ability on Pratfall II. every body who ever labored for him is familiar with that; this send is his delight and pleasure. ” “Was his satisfaction and joy,” Francy Spanish corrected. “I’m no longer able to admit that,” Joe stated. He fed a purple card into the phone’s receptor slot. “Give me the present variety of the cherished Brethren Moratorium in Zürich, Switzerland,” he stated. To Francy Spanish he acknowledged, “This send continues to be his delight and pleasure simply because he nonetheless exists. ” A card, punched into importance via the telephone, leaped out; he transferred it to its receptor slot.