WHAT plucked Joe Chip from the year 1992 and sent him spinning crazily back through time to the 1930s and a world that had never heard of psis and precogs and anti-precogs and chill half-life?
HOW could Joe’s former boss, the late, great Gene Runciter, scrawl ominous messages on washroom mirrors – after he had been killed in a Lunar bomb-blast?
WHY was Joe’s beautiful and wayward mistress Pat Conley, with her awesome power of time control, trapped with Joe in a living nightmare she should have been able to end – if anyone could?
UBIK was the answer – and it meant the difference between life and death…
Originally published in 1969, using themes introduced in the 1964 short story What The Dead Men Say. Dick himself wrote a screenplay which was never produced but there still seems to be the possibility of a film, according to director Michael Gondry.
- Rereading Philip K Dick – A Pause (mxmossman.blogspot.com)
- Ridley Scott and ‘X-Files’ producer Frank Spotnitz adapting ‘Man in the High Castle’ for TV (theverge.com)