From the inside flap of the 1969 Book Club edition
If he was alive why was he riding in a 1939 Willys-Knight on his way to his boss' funeral in Des Moines, Iowa? If he was dead why wasn't he beginning a chilly half-life in the year 1992?
Philip K. Dick UBIK
What had begun as a crucial Luna mission for Joe Chip and ten of his colleagues from Runciter Associates I had ended in a living or dying fiendish nightmare. Gene Runciter was deadmurdered. But was he really dead? Joe . was receiving ominous messages from the other side of the grave from Gene, and all were warnings of a plot of the most hideous nature. At every turn Joe was being confronted with treachery and terror. How could he find answers in a time and city where the Depression was still a way of life and telepathy wasn't even a word with meaning? Was the traitor amongst his colleagues, who with him had been spiralled back in time? There was Pat Conley, the telepath with the unique power of reversing time-backwards. But she was living through the same ghastly adventure and as incapable as the rest of them to return them all either to a grave or the future world of 1992. And still Runciter's ghostly messages kept appearing-in sky-writing, on traffic tickets, graffiti, matchbook covers - anywhere, everywhere. And their key word was always UBIK. But what was it? Joe had never heard of it, either in 1939 or 1992. He knew, however, that if he could discover the secret of UBIK he would at long last be approaching the end of his surrealistic existence. But if it were to end in certain death, did he really want to know the answer?
Philip K. Dick is one of science fiction's most prolific and well-known writers. He has written more than twenty-five books, among them the Hugo award winner, The Man in the High Castle. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and currently makes his home in San Rafael, California.
From the back cover of the 1970 Dell edition
Who is Ubik? What is Ubik? Where is Ubik? You'll never guess, You'll have to find out, as the extraordinary Philip K, Dick opens up new dimensions in science fiction adventure
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From the back cover of the 1977 Bantam editionUBIK
BY PHILIP K. DICK
"A MASTER OF SF, RINGING CHANGES THE REST OF US HAVE NEVER DREAMED OF." -JOHN BRUNNER, AUTHOR OF STAND ON ZANZIBAR