About Buildings + Cities
Luke Jones & George Gingell Discuss Architecture, History and Culture
1 year ago

99 — Philip K. Dick's Ubik — Gnostic Paranoia

In this episode we discussed 'Ubik' (1969) by Philip K. Dick, a piece of iconic science-fiction set in a world of psychic corporate espionage and dead relatives suspended in perpetual "halflife". Throughout the novel Gnostic and Platonic philosophy exude through perpetually inventive interpretations of advertising culture, psychotic mental states and satire of domestic mod cons. We talked about Dick's fixation on material culture as it appears in his other stories 'The Man in the High Castle' (1962) and 'Pay for the Printer' (1956).

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Edited by Matthew Lloyd Roberts.

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