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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew my mind..., 13 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Ubik (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
After Reading "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", I must admit that I was concerned that I would not be able to top that. Fortunately, Ubik surpassed all my expectations. Other reviewers here have detailed the plot, which I think is unfair, since Ubik is a constant page-turner and fascinator. So I will not give anything away.
Fortunately, Minority Report touches upon many of the major themes within Ubik, espcially the industry grown out of Pre-cognition and Psionic ability. It is therefore timely to read this now, and hopefully this will spur on others to take an interest in this most fascinating of authors.
Ubik touches upon many of Dick's core themes (a true Auteur): psychic ability (and its power), faith and religion, regression and postmodernity, death, insanity, drugs, experience etc. etc. However, it truly excels as a narrative, and I completely disagree with those critics who merely saw the characters within this book.
Some points within in are beyond imagination, and will simply blow your mind. The vertigo within this surpasses any other SF I have read. Added to this is some excellent characterisation and social commentary (for example, Runciter vs. Joe Chip, both attempting to save the company, but both representing the dichotomies within capitalism), and some crazy philosophy.
Anyway, before I drool too much, and contemplate starting it again, I shall leave you with my strongest urges to read this book! Forget the rubbish about "well, its not technologically accurate", because that is to lose the point with Dick; unlike other SF writes (most notably Asimov, who likes to portray a history of the future), Dick merely expresses possible worlds (very dark and crazy worlds). Yes, themes do exist, such as 'papes and hovercars and vidphones, but ignore this and concetrate on Dick's stiringly accurate imagination. Sit back and realise that the future is now, in the most unbelievable way imaginable.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2011 08:14:05 BDT
M. Carter says:
"Blew my mind".
My thoughts exactly.

Posted on 26 Nov 2011 15:39:21 GMT
JME says:
You have, very eloquently, sucked the thoughts right out of head. Splendid.

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 10:06:28 GMT
Some people are only interested in surface reality. They deal in facts and history. Imagination, depth and understanding true interrelationships (inner life) is philosophy, psychology and art, which celebrity and sport freaks are not interested in. Science is only interested in the physical world as well. Politics is all about identifying with the past as religion is abandonment of this urge for revenge and belief in 'rights' and entering the future, washed pure of memories and attitudes of what should or shouldn't be, instead (No memory, no identity - just hope and imagination to escape this negative insanity with). This was Dick's gnostic message and is mine too. Forget form and find true substance inside yourself as fuel for your life.

Posted on 20 Jul 2014 22:36:40 BDT
Paul S says:
I absolutely share your irritation with those who think the proper way to write a review of a book, story or movie is to summarise the plot, in the process destroying for others any possibility of suspense or surprise. Bah humbug!
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