Ubik by Philip K. Dick

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I am Ubik. Before the universe was, I am. I made the suns. I made the worlds. I created the lives and the places they inhabit; I move them here, I put them there. They go as I say, then do as I tell them. I am the word and my name is never spoken, the name which no one knows. I am called Ubik, but that is not my name. I am. I shall always be.

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Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham

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“Beginners, please.”

Those words, though heaven only knew how often she had heard them, still gave her a thrill. They braced her like a tonic. Life acquired significance. She was about to step from the world of make-believe into the world of reality.

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Erebos by Ursula Poznanski

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Nel gruppo ya su Goodreads è stato letto recentemente Ready Player One di Ernest Cline – che non mi è piaciuto come traspare da un mio post precedente in merito.

Personalmente preferisco altri romanzi dedicati al tema di Internet, realtà virtuale e videogiochi e non posso non consigliare Neuromante di William Gibson (che è però contorto ed impegnativo) e Snow Crash di Neal Stephenson (re dell’infodump che però si trattiene in questo romanzo).

Mi è tornato in mente però un altro romanzo sul tema che mi era piaciuto (ma di cui ho poi rimosso l’esistenza, segno che forse le originarie 4 stelline non se le meritava): Erebos di Ursula Poznanski in cui si descrive un videogioco che ha inquietanti risvolti nella vita reale dei giocatori, un’immagine estrema che però prende le basi da situazioni concrete.

Di seguito il mio commento sul romanzo.

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Erebos by Ursula Poznanski

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In the ya Group on Goodreads Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was chosen recently for a group reading; I did not like that novel (and it’s clear reading the post about it).

I prefer other novels about Internet, virtual reality and video games; usually I suggest to read Neuromancer by William Gibson (that is sometimes difficult to follow) and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (the infodump king who restrains himself in this novel).

I read other novels about these themes, one of them recently came to my mind: Erebos di Ursula Poznanski (to be honest I forgot it, so maybe it does not deserve the four stars rating I gave) where a video game has creepy consequences in the real world, an extreme image that comes from realistic situations.

Below my opinion on the novel.

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A scanner darkly by Philip K. Dick

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Recently I’m reading a lot of YA, but this is not a reason to forget my great love for science fiction. And it’s impossible to talk about SF without talking about the most visionary author of all times: Philip K. Dick, master in overlapping reality and non.

In the following the review of one of his novel I read some months ago, maybe the most visionary of all them.

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