Ubik

by Philip K. Dick, David Alabort, Manuel Espín

Ubik (/ˈjuːbᵻk/ EW-bik) is a 1969 science fiction novel by American writer PhilipK.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.1 out of 5
  • Published May 1st 2006 by La factoría de ideas
  • Original Title: Ubik
  • ISBN: 8498000831 (ISBN13: 9788498000832)
  • Edition Language: Spanish
  • Characters: Glen Runciter
  • Joe Chip
  • Jory
  • Ella Runciter
  • Patricia Conley...more
  • Al Hammond
  • Don Denny
  • Wendy Wright
  • Stanton Mick...less

Ubik (/ˈjuːbᵻk/ EW-bik) is a 1969 science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. It is one of Dick’s most acclaimed novels. It was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest novels since 1923. In his review for Time, critic Lev Grossman described it as “a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you’ll never be sure you’ve woken up from.”The novel takes place in the “North American Confederation” of 1992, where civilians regularly travel to the Moon, and psi phenomena are common. The novel’s protagonist, Joe Chip, is a debt-ridden technician for Glen Runciter’s “prudence organization”, which employs people with the ability to block psychic powers (like an anti-telepath, preventing a telepath from reading a mind) to help enforce privacy. Runciter runs the company with the assistance of his deceased wife Ella, who is kept in a state of “half-life”, a form of cryonic suspension that gives the deceased limited consciousness and the ability to communicate.