Right, bear with us here…Ubik is set in an alternative future in which technology has advanced to such a stage that people can pop back and forth to the moon, and citizens with psychic powers are commonplace. Death is no longer the final frontier, with the deceased kept in a state of “half-life” which allows them limited consciousness.
Our hero, Joe Chip, works for a company that employs people who can block psychic powers, and he and his team are hired to clear a lunar facility of telepathic troublemakers. However, upon arrival, it becomes clear a trap has been set by a rival company, and in a pre-planned explosion, one of the team is killed. Or is he the only one not to be killed? Needless to say Chip and co. are as baffled as you probably are reading this…
Apparently Michel Gondry is already planning an adaptation. Little wonder, as this mind-bending plotline sounds right up his street.
We’d like to see George Clooney shedding his usual poise as the rumpled and increasingly desperate Joe Chip.
The first sighting of the mysterious Ubik product, which appears to be advertised wherever Chip goes, post-explosion. What can it mean?