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Inhaltsangabe: 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.
Review: Nobody but Philip K. Dick could so successfully combine SF comedy with the unease of reality gone wrong, shifting underfoot like quicksand. Besides grisly ideas like funeral parlors where you swap gossip for the advice of the frozen dead, Ubik (1969) offers such deadpan farce as a moneyless character's attack on the robot apartment door that demands a five-cent toll:
"I'll sue you," the door said as the first screw fell out.
Joe Chip said, "I've never been sued by a door. But I guess I can live through it."
Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic snooping and paranormal dirty tricks. When its special team tackles a big job on the Moon, something goes terribly wrong. Runciter is killed, it seems--but messages from him now appear on toilet walls, traffic tickets, or product labels. Meanwhile, fragments of reality are timeslipping into past versions: Joe Chip's beloved stereo system reverts to a hand-cranked 78 player with bamboo needles. Why does Runciter's face appear on U.S. coins? Why the repeated ads for a hard-to-find universal panacea called Ubik ("safe when taken as directed")?
The true, chilling state of affairs slowly becomes clear, though the villain isn't who Joe Chip thinks. And this is Dick country, where final truths are never quite final and--with the help of Ubik--the reality/illusion balance can still be tilted the other way. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books. PAPERBACK. Buchzustand: Fair. 0553104020 Ships promptly. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GAT4931GAGG071117H0137A
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books, 1977. Buchzustand: GOOD. Gene Szafran (illustrator). book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2786600411
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books 1977-01-01, 1977. Paperback. Buchzustand: Fair. 0553104020 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Buchnummer des Verkäufers POTM-0553104020
Buchbeschreibung N.Y. / New York: Bantam edition, 1977, 1st Printing, New York, NY, 1977. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Good (see description). Uncredited Cover Art (illustrator). First Printing. -----------paperback, a solid Good copy with a bit of age toning to paper, spine and cover creases, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Not Signed. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 154663
Buchbeschreibung Bantam, NY, 1977. Mass Market Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Szafran (?) (illustrator). Reprint. Very nice copy with a little wear.Spine is square and true.Points are in good shape,except for the top back point which has a shallow crease. No. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 9135
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books, 1977. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020553104020
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books. PAPERBACK. Buchzustand: Fine. 0553104020 Like New Condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers LN6.0295429
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books, 1977. Paperback. Buchzustand: Like New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P010553104020
Buchbeschreibung Bantam, 1977, 1977. 1st prtg., mass-market paperback, near fine condition (rear cover has corner crease and small sliver missing from outside edge), speculative fiction, desk, blm50. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 16014
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books, 1977. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P110553104020