Ubik, by Philip K. Dick

A fun vacation book to read — wanted to read some of Dick’s work because it’s been so influential on Jonathan Lethem.

You may not know Philip K. Dick by name, but you’ve undoubtedly seen movies based on his work: “Blade Runner,” “Minority Report,” and “Total Recall.”

A really smart sci-fi book published in 1969 — one of the intersting “ahas” that I’ve had lately is that every future-looking novel written before about the year 2000 is always going to seem markedly different than sci-fi written afterwards, because of the Internet. We live in such a differently & massively connected world now that it’s impossible to think about the future without assuming that connectivity. That hasn’t always been the case.

Anyway, fun book — great to read on vacation. (Although, like a lot of Dick’s work, not incredibly positive in outlook on the human race…)

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