History Literature / Ubik

9th Dec '16 8:15:31 PM TheBigBopper
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But if you really must know, it's a seminal science fiction novel by Creator/PhilipKDick, picked by Time Magazine as one of their Top 100 books of the last century. In the future, the proliferation of psychic talents has led, through the process of natural selection, to anti-psychics who can nullify psychic powers. Glen Runciter runs the foremost "prudence organization" in the world, sending his operatives out to protect his clients' secrets, while occasionally consulting his wife and partner in the firm, who just so happens to be a HumanPopsicle frozen at the moment of her death in "cold-pac". This allows him to occasionally consult with her before her half-life ends, whereupon she will begin reincarnating (hey, it was the mid-60s; the ''Bardo Thodol'' was all the rage back then).

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But if you really must know, it's a seminal 1969 science fiction novel by Creator/PhilipKDick, picked by Time Magazine as one of their Top 100 books of the last century. In the future, the proliferation of psychic talents has led, through the process of natural selection, to anti-psychics who can nullify psychic powers. Glen Runciter runs the foremost "prudence organization" in the world, sending his operatives out to protect his clients' secrets, while occasionally consulting his wife and partner in the firm, who just so happens to be a HumanPopsicle frozen at the moment of her death in "cold-pac". This allows him to occasionally consult with her before her half-life ends, whereupon she will begin reincarnating (hey, it was the mid-60s; the ''Bardo Thodol'' was all the rage back then).
8th Jun '16 5:06:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArcWords: "Ubik".

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* BigGood: [[spoiler:Ella Runciter.]]
* BodyHorror
* BrokenMasquerade
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Jory.]]

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* %%* BigGood: [[spoiler:Ella Runciter.]]
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* %%* BrokenMasquerade
* %%* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Jory.]]



* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory [[invoked]]
* GainaxEnding: Has to be read to be appreciated fully.
* HorrorHunger: [[spoiler: Jory]].

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* %%* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory [[invoked]]
* %%* GainaxEnding: Has to be read to be appreciated fully.
* %%* HorrorHunger: [[spoiler: Jory]].



* MindScrew: Layers of it.

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* RedHerringTwist: [[spoiler:Pat's power]].

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* %%* RedHerringTwist: [[spoiler:Pat's power]].



* SchrodingersButterfly

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* TwistEnding: About five of them in the last few chapters.

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* %%* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* %%* TwistEnding: About five of them in the last few chapters.



* {{Zeerust}}
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9th Jan '16 2:24:23 AM erforce
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The novel was adapted into a PC and PlayStation game by Cryo in 1998.

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The novel was adapted into a PC and PlayStation UsefulNotes/PlayStation game by Cryo in 1998.
8th Jan '16 7:19:39 PM Discar
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* OurGodsAreGreater: There are strong hints that Ubik itself is [[spoiler:God]]. The last jingle makes it even more obvious.

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* OurGodsAreGreater: OurGodsAreDifferent: There are strong hints that Ubik itself is [[spoiler:God]]. The last jingle makes it even more obvious.
16th Dec '15 12:31:02 AM CassandraLeo
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* TenLittleMurderVictims: [[spoiler:Pat Conley]] is strongly suspected of orchestrating the one-by-one death of Runciter's men - all whole ten of them.

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* TenLittleMurderVictims: [[spoiler:Pat Conley]] is strongly suspected of orchestrating the one-by-one death of Runciter's men - all whole ten of them. [[spoiler:And then it's revealed that she didn't do it; Jory did. Indeed, it's strongly implied that she was repeatedly using her powers to ''save'' Joe Chip to the best of her ability.]]



* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Pat Conley]], to the point she is willing to [[TimeyWimeyBall bend the time-space continuum]] to marry her mark.

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* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Pat Conley]], to the point she is willing to [[TimeyWimeyBall bend the time-space continuum]] to marry her mark. [[spoiler:Downplayed, however, when it's revealed that she's not the one killing off Chip's party, and it's even implied that she's using her powers to keep him alive.]]
29th Apr '15 10:00:52 AM Black_Diesel
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30th Jan '15 11:07:23 PM morenohijazo
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* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The novel makes an ordinary, sixteen-step staircase into one of these, as the character climbing them has had his life-force drained near completely by a local psychic vampire, and crawling up even one step becomes an immense effort.
26th Jun '14 11:28:24 PM ChrisCmoney
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* ChekovsGunman: [[spoiler: Jory.]]

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* ChekovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Jory.]]
26th Jun '14 11:27:14 PM ChrisCmoney
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: [[spoiler: Jory is able to "eat" all his victims in half-life without being removed from cold-pac or being put down due to his family paying very well to constantly keep him in his vegetative state.]]
26th Jun '14 11:23:11 PM ChrisCmoney
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* ChekovsGunman: [[spoiler: Jory.]]
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