Ubik

paperback, 197 pages

Published Aug. 12, 1976 by Ediciones Martínez Roca.

ISBN:
978-84-270-0376-7
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Ubik, escrito en 1966 y publicado en 1969, es una de las obras maestras de Philip K. Dick. Ubik se amplió y adaptó del cuento "What the Dead Men Say" publicado en Worlds of Tomorrow en 1964.

El arruinado Joe Chip viaja a la Luna con su jefe Glen Runciter —cuya difunta esposa se mantiene artificialmente en un estado llamado semivida— y un pequeño grupo de antipsíquicos para solucionar los problemas que sufre una empresa con algunos telépatas infiltrados. Allí caen en una trampa en la que muere Runciter. A la vuelta del grupo a la Tierra, una extraña regresión parece afectar a la realidad

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Me cuesta decir que tengo un autor favorito, pero creo que es correcto afirmar que la novela "Ubik" es una de las lecturas que más he disfrutado en mi vida, y la relectura para este Club no fue menos agradable.

El autor, Phillip K Dick, es una de las figuras más sobresalientes de la ciencia ficción de los 50s y 60s, y uno de los escritores más apreciados fuera del género.

Tiene un estilo muy particular, tanto que calificar a una situación, una imagen o un escrito como "Dickiano" es tan descriptivo como usar las palabras "Kafkiano", "Orwelliano" o "Borgeano".

La figura de DIck resalta tanto en el universo mediocre y autocomplaciente de la cienica ficción americana que, como escribió Stanislav Lem (ganándose de paso la expulsión de la Sociedad Americana de Escritores de Ciencia Ficción) Philip K. dick fue "un visionario entre charlatanes"

Los universos de Dick combinan una …

Vinte anos despois a relectura no defrauda

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Cando tiña vintepoucos anos deume moi forte por Philip K. Dick, pero moito. Leín compulsivamente case todo o que había en castelán e además cada verán durante varios anos relín a marabillosa biografía de Emmanuel Carrère sobre PKD. E de todo o que lin del Ubik está nun top 3 canda Valis e The man in the high castle do que non podería escoller un favorito. Coa escusa da nova tradución ao galego decidín reler Ubik cun certo medo. E se a tiña idealizada e agora xa non a desfrutaba tanto? Afortunadamente non foi tal. Agora nos meus corenta e tantos Ubik é tan disfrutábel ou máis. E neste mundo de hoxe as constantes teimas dickianas sobre que é a realidade son máis actuais ca nunca.

Review of 'Ubik' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is PKD at his best. A continuously moving narrative that spirals and pingpongs through realities, shattering narrative frames as it devolves ever deeper into the minds of its characters. It's hard to tell what's going on through most of this novel, but it's clear something is happening. Much of the pleasure of reading this thing comes from trying to grasp the mysterious forces at work and fathom the layers of deception. That and particularly clever writing, strong dialogue, and characters who are just believable enough. Ultimately, it's a pretty bleak critique of technology and capitalism mixed with some meditation on the nature of consciousness. You know, classic PKD.

Review of 'Ubik (Spanish Edition)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I love PKD and I thought this book was great, but I think it may have been a bit overhyped. Personally, I like his other novels better. That said, it was an awesome story and adds to the reasons why PKD is my favorite science fiction author.

Review of 'Ubik (Spanish Edition)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This is the third or fourth book I've read by PKD and even though he's introduced some very interesting hooks and trippy scenarios, he hasn't yet presented a character that made me care one way or the other how they fare in the story.

Review of 'Ubik (Spanish Edition)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Similar to A Scanner Darkly, Ubik contains a blend of concurrent possible realities that invite the reader to stay on top of their game. I'm not sure I've fully processed the book (finished yesterday) and I may read it again more carefully as there is lot buried in the pages.

Review of 'Ubik' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Yet another interesting sci-fi piece from PKD. Even though I felt like I 'figured' out what was happening rather early on, the book was still quite engrossing and satisfying to read. Dick really does a good job at setting up a strange and believable future without creating a complex and exhausting backstory. There were a few parts where the book seems to come of the rails, but for the most part is a very solid story. Would recommend if you are a fan of existential sci-fi.

Review of 'Ubik (Spanish Edition)' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I have learned, in my reading of PKD over the last year, that when I don't know what the hell is going on in the novel I should just keep going because it will eventually resolve itself.

With this book I was nearly halfway through the book before it really got moving and started to make sense. I admit that in that first half I had a lot of trouble with the book. I had trouble telling characters apart and did not really understand any of the motivations. The second half was much better all around.

I didn't enjoy it as much as either a Scanner Darkly or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but it had its moments.

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