“From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you’ll never be sure you’ve woken up from.”—Lev Grossman, Time
Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in “half-life,” a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter’s face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.
“More brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo.”—Roberto Bolaño
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Playing with reality
PKD's foray into the nature of reality set in "1992" - a dark, volatile world in which mankind has colonies on Mars and the Moon.
But the core of UBIK deals with the nature of reality and how that alters and, most importantly, how one man "Joe Chip" comes to the realization that reality isn't what everyone, including himself, thought it was. Forces from within and without reality interplay on those who are stuck in it and are powerless to defy them until aid is given.
Also, layers of reality interact only for us to discover that what was supposed to be real, actually wasn't.
An excellent book