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ISBN13: 9780679736646
ISBN10: 0679736646
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Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else? Someone died in an explosion orchestrated by Runciter's business competitors. And, indeed, it's the kingly Runciter whose funeral is scheduled in Des Moines. But in the meantime, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering — and sometimes scatological — messages from their boss. And the world around them is warping in ways that suggest that their own time is running out. Or already has.

Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation (the latter available in a convenient aerosol spray) is tour de force of paranoiac menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.

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"For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first." Terry Gilliam

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"One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac." Sunday Times

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Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.

About the Author

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 Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.

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greengills, March 20, 2011 (view all comments by greengills)
Imagine a world of telepaths, anti telepaths, precogs, con-apts and doors that cost a nickle to open. When a major prudence organization get sucked into a trap and their boss is killed, they race back from the surface of luna to get him into half-life in Zurich. That's when the milk turns sour. Better stock up on ubik.
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M_Emrys, June 13, 2009 (view all comments by M_Emrys)
Life turns upside-down for Joe Chip and 11 of his coworkers when they escape the aftermath of a bomb blast with the corpse of their employer. Various temporal and paranormal phenomena begin manifesting themselves, the cause of which is a mystery - and their lives may depend on solving that mystery.

Ubik is rather confusing, but in this case, to say that is actually to pay it a compliment. It's one of Dick's best novels, a highly enjoyable tale of distorted reality and bizarre metaphysics, by the end of which, Dick clears up the confusion and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion - until, that is, he throws another curveball in the final chapter.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679736646
Editor:
Dick, Philip K.
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Dick, Philip K.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Explosions
Subject:
Businessmen
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Death -- Fiction.
Subject:
Didactic fiction
Subject:
Des Moines
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
19911231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.04x5.15x.61 in. .46 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679736646 Reviews:
"Review" by , "For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first."
"Review" by , "One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac."
"Synopsis" by , Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.
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