Minority Report and Other Stories
Viewed by many as the greatest science fiction writer on any planet, Philip K. Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original and thought-provoking fiction of our time. This collection includes stories that will make you lough, cringe...and stop and think.
The Minority Report: a special unit that employs those with the power of precognition to prevent crimes proves...more
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Philip K. Dick is the classic case of a brilliant but struggling artist who only got full recognition after he passed away. Despite publishing an incredible 44 novels and 121 stories during his lifetime, it was not until the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner was released in 1982 that PKD gained more mainstream attention, and sadly he died before being able to see the final theatrical release. ...more
Composed of the title story, We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, Paycheck, Second Variety and The Eyes Have It; it is a great read for a PKD fan and would be a great introduction for a new reader of his works. What is difficult to imagine is how far ahead of his time he was, and like so many other artists with this kind of anachronistic genius he paid for it in poverty.
Three of the storie ...more
We Can Remember it for You Wholesale (3.5/5 Stars)
The inspiration for the film, Total Recall, was quite a bit different than expected. It starts about the same, but for a 22 or so page short story it can't begin to go to the lengths the movie goes as far as plot ... goes. I liked it, but the ...more
L'ho iniziato per "Minority Report" di cui non ho visto il film; provvederò al più presto. Il racconto è splendido con quel finale che mette in discussione le visioni dei precog, correlando le une alle altre con la variabile di conoscenza del soggetto inquisito. Geniale, ma conoscendo la raffinatezza geometrica dell'autore, nemmeno tanto sorprendente.
Degli altri mi è piaciuto molto "La formica elettrica"del 1953, in cui c'è il tema della autocoscienza ...more
1. The Minority Report: An excellent story that has some significant differences from the movies version (which I also thought was pretty good)
2. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Almost completely different in tone and content than the movie "Total Recall" on which this story is based. I liked the movie, but loved the story.
3. Paycheck: A very good story though not as good as the other two.
4. Second Variety ...more
Some details in all the stories felt outdated, which is understandable, but it bugged me that space colonies were a thing and yet these technocrats ...more
The Minority Report
We Can Remember it for You Wholesale
The Eyes Have It
This is kind of a book of short stories in two acts. It's carried by a question of human control by larger bodies, exploring several possibilities through that. (And PKD is as sexist as I discovered him to be when I first tried reading him years ago with The Dark-Haired Girl, but I was prepared this time!)
The first act is the first three stories, and these focus on memory. The ...more
Minority Report was good, but a little spartan in it's descriptive prose. I would say across all of the stories, the ideas were really great, but the stories could use a little more fleshing out with character and setting. I liked the movie version ...more
Overall rating is a 4. I enjoyed most of these stories.
Pretty good short story. Rather different from the movie, which I also enjoyed. I rated this a 4.
I think I said this after I listened to Blade Runner I’ll say the ...more
The Minority Report (****) - I found the story much more interesting and plausible than the movie but the characters are not as captivating.
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (***) - nice story.
Paycheck (****) - I really liked this one, all Philip K. Dick stories I read so far have a perfect closure, so I came to expect that. What makes this story stick o ...more
Dick è bravo a descrivere mondi fantascientifici, è stato un innovatore nel campo della fantascienza, come nel caso dell'invenzione letteraria dell'androide-replicante, che scopre di esserlo dopo aver vissuto un'intera vita da umano, idea successivamente ampiamente saccheggiata dagli epigoni.
I racconti, scritti negli anni '50-60 presentano numerose intuizioni che poi si sarebbero realiz...more
The Minority Report
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
The Eyes Have It
They made movies of a couple of these: The MInirity Report and Total Recall. The movies were good but a bit different from the stories; Action movies - what would you expect with stars like Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The stories have less action but more irony. Paycheck and Second Variety are similar in nature - with the signature PKD twists. THe Eyes Have It is short ...more
The stories adapted for the films Minority Report and Total Recall were much changed but the originals, like Blade Runner vs Do Androids Dream of Electric ...more
Every story in this compilation is strong, and I can now see why so many people have such a high regard for PKD's wor ...more
In un futuro non molto ...more
"The Minority Report" (a.k.a. Minority Report) plays with predetermination and precognition in a fun way by exploring the world of precrime, where murders are stopped before they happen on the bas ...more
I racconti sono:
Rapporto di minoranza, da cui è stato tratto il film Minority Report del 2002, diretto da Steven Spielberg con Tom Cruise e Colin Farrell
Impostore, da cui è stato tratto il film Impostor del 2001, diretto da Gary Fleder con Gary Sinise e Madeleine Stowe;
Modello Due, da cui è stato tratto il film Screamers - Urla dallo spazio de ...more
I was impressed by the complexity in such a short story. Certainly when an author has the advantages of "precogs" and alternate futures there is a greater source of complexity. However, these elements create their own problems; primarily finding a way to make these alternate realities function as part of the plot rather than outrageous plot devices.