57: Ubik

THRILL as stock genre trappings warp and mutate under the power of weird genius! MARVEL as brains-in-a-vat reality paranoia crosses over into theology and metaphysics! WONDER as interplanetary travel and communication with the dead are outstripped in strangeness by the mysteries of…The Commodity Form!

The Sometime Seminar discusses the metaphysical science-fiction novelĀ Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick.

Supplemental links: 1975 Science Fiction Studies essays on Ubik by Stanislaw Lem and Peter Fitting; Sam Jordinson on Ubik from the Guardian’s 2014 online reading group

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