Monday, February 19, 2007
Ubik by Philip K Dick
For me Dick was always the accessible science-fiction author: concepts and a nod towards humanity rather than overwhelming you with sheer science. Ubik isn’t a departure from that model of Dick-ian prose but what sets this novel apart is the plethora of ideas that’s thrown at you from the beginning: pre-cogs, time-altering characters, reanimators, and a mysterious product advertisement that graces the beginning of each chapter. I’ll set the record straight—Ubik is one of those O.Henry-type stories that Dick has a preference for and it doesn’t disappoint. Ubik messes with your head in good way and it is a good, enjoyable read. Hold on tight, it’s going to be a wild ride!