â€œFrom the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare youâ€™ll never be sure youâ€™ve woken up from.â€â€”Lev Grossman, Time
Glen Runciter runs a lucrative businessâ€”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 â€œhalf-life,â€ a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciterâ€™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.
â€œMore brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo.â€â€”Roberto BolaÃ±o