British Editions

From the back cover of the 1978 Granada edition

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. . .

From first page to last, UBIK is a brilliant, disturbing and hypnotically exciting science fiction novel of time-travel, telepathy and bizarre intrigue.

From the back cover of the 2000 Gollancz edition

Glen Runciter is dead. Or is he? Someone died in the explosion orchestrated by his business rivals, but even as his funeral is scheduloed his mourning emplyees are receiving bewildering messages from their boss. And the world around them is warping and regressing in ways which suggest that heir own time is running out. If it hasn't already.