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Shucks. I didn’t win blackout. But here are some notes:
- Ubik, as a plot device, is the ultimate in Handwavium/Unobtanium matter.
- The “Police Precinct And/Or Jail” box very almost got stamped, but Ubik saved the day. Boo.
- “The Wife” in this particular novel is actually very important and not annoying or naggy at all. She also isn’t the wife of the protagonist, but the wife of his boss.
- PKD’s sense of future fashion is far off the mark, but seriously, I’m surprised skirts haven’t become popular among men yet. Pants are the worst on a hot summer day.
- The primary religious allusion is the Biblical story of “Balshazzar’s feast.” I’m pretty proud of this one, considering my Biblical illiteracy, but when someone like PKD writes a cliche like “the writing on the wall” (129), that’s an alarm bell for me. (Then there’s the repetition of “Sixty-two years” 134, 161.)
- That said, reading The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick will totally destroy any cracked-out religious theories you have about Ubik because nothing is as bizarre as PKD’s own hierophantic revisionism of his work.
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