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The Minority Report

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,700 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
In the world of The Minority Report, Commissioner John Anderton is the one to thank for the lack of crime. He is the originator of the Precrime System, which uses precogs--people with the power to see into the future--to identify criminals before they can do any harm. Unfortunately for Anderton, his precogs perceive him as the next criminal.
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Pantheon (first published 1956)
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Jason Koivu
I'm not an old, crusty sci-fi fan who read this when it came out in '56. No, I'm a neophyte who only knows about The Minority Report because of the 2002 movie version. It's hard not to associate this solid, yet too short short story with that blockbuster flick starring Tom Cruise...

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...and I'm not even going to try. Why? Because I loved the movie, even though I hate Tom Cruise. Maybe "hate" is too harsh. Let's just say I've never liked him and have only tolerated watching his movies, all the whil
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Will M.
11/1/15

I might have to reread this very soon, because I just watched the movie, and it was fantastic.

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I'm not sure if I read the same novel as the ones who rated this 4-5 stars. I honestly don't get how to like this novel, aside from the premise.

The blurb/synopsis is very ambiguous, yet that's not my problem with this one. Ambiguity doesn't necessarily mean that the novel's going to turn out awful, but rather ambiguity, in most cases, leads to the enjoyment of the reader. In this case,
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Becky
This is only my second PKD story (the first being The Man in the High Castle, which I liked, despite still being pretty sure that I don't know what any of it actually meant), and I think, maybe, that I liked this one, too... But I'm not sure yet, because, well, I had some pretty big issues with it. We shall see how I feel after I blark out all of my thoughts in this review.

The premise here is that at some point in the future, society is virtually crime-free thanks to precognitive predictions le
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Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
Wow, this was surprisingly bad. The movie was pretty terrible, so I assumed that the short story had to at least be somewhat better... I was horribly wrong.

First of all, this was so fucking boring that I stopped reading TWO PAGES FROM THE END. It was so terribly dull that by the time I got to page 18, the number of fucks I gave had actually dipped into the negative range and I just could not continue.

I'd like to keep this short, so I'll list the things that sucked about this story:

- 20 pages see
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Mimi
Between 3 and 4 stars

In the future, there exists a world in which there's no violence as all violent acts are foreseen and stopped before they occur. But what if you are accused of killing a person you've never met for reasons you don't even know? None of this has happened yet, so there's still time to change the course of the future. How would you fight a system you thought was infallible?

While I like the writing and find the idea of a dystopic future where precognition is so reliable that it's
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Jeannette Nikolova
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

I'd heard so much about Philip K. Dick but this is the first book of his that I actually got to read. In one of my classes he was the main topic too often for me not to find something of his. I kind of expected that the hype would be bigger than the actual greatness of Dick's works. But I'll be the first one to admit my mistake.

I actually liked The Minority Report so much, that I chose the movie as my exam topic. The movie and the book are extremely different. As
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Leonard
Apr 05, 2014 Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
What if we can detect crimes before they happen? What if we can arrest criminals before they commit crimes?

Anderton is the commissioner and founder of Precrime, the police force that arrests criminals before they have a chance to commit crime. Computers manipulate “gibberish” from three “precogs,” each one seeing into a possible future, and Anderton determines whether a crime will be committed. When two or more “precogs” agree on an outcome, the resulting agreement is a majority report and the p
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Hugo
May 20, 2016 Hugo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2016
Basta dizer que vi o filme de Spielberg antes, que usa o essencial do conto de PKD, expandindo de forma magnífica este mundo em que três mutantes da agência Precrime conseguem prever crimes, o que permite detenções antecipadas, sendo que o mais recente visado é John Anderton, o responsável pelo programa.
Jeremy
Feb 23, 2014 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I'm waiting for my publisher to show up and hand over the proof copy and buy me some beers and he's running late so I duck into this all-books-are-$10 joint called The Book Grocer on Russell Street since I am unequipped. I have time to read about three quarters of the short story of the same name as the book before Stephen shows up...



...and then it's all about me and mine, but as soon as practically possible, I get into the chair beside my reading chair (my daughter having occupied my usual s
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Wendi
May 22, 2008 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tina
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J.E. Mac
Dec 14, 2012 J.E. Mac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is difficult to review. On many levels, I really enjoyed it, despite its flaws.

1) It got right what the movie got incredibly wrong.

Namely, that in any story with a character knowing the future (specifically his own) there needs to be the feeling of inevitability. That all events are unavoidable, even when actively avoided. If the outcome foretold is to come true in the story, then the protagonist needs to do everything in his power to make sure it doesn't happen.

And the easiest way t
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Chris
Jul 31, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fof-reads
Fantastic short story from Philip K. Dick. I was actually surprised at how much I liked this, as I'm not normally a huge reader of short stories and I know Tom Cruise was in the movie adaptation. But it was very engaging and quick paced. I'll need to read more of his shorts, if this is any indication of the quality. Who would have expected the short (view spoiler)Dick to be so good? While I did see that climax coming, it was still very satisfying.

Lucas Bale
Apr 29, 2015 Lucas Bale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read The Minority Report. It struck me last night when I saw Tom Cruise in something advertised on Netflix – it might have been Oblivion. So I turned to my dog-eared copy of a collection of Dick's short-stories and read it in bed. It's somewhat slow, some might even say pedestrian, but to me very clever. Full of paradoxes, interesting moral questions – time, inevitability of our actions, the desire to change based on knowledge of what our future selves might do, whether we can change a ...more
S.
Jul 29, 2013 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
only 112 pages, so I hesitate to give it the 5 stars the actual tightly-written prose deserves... 112 pages = very long short story? or very short novel? a 'novella' I suppose... in any case, length seems to be the only criterion calling for less than full honors.

Minority Report turned into a Tom Cruise vehicle, made a nice visual movie which just about dealt with the concepts at stake-- although PKD's real accomplishment was the speculation on police/military and police-military relations that
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Ella
Jul 24, 2015 Ella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Paradox!!!!!!!!!! This was a very cool book that was a quick read but had a pretty good plot and I did have to think about it. I think the author could have run farther with the plot during some parts but overall it was a nice read. The format that I read it in was a book where you open the book up like a detective notebook and read the pages almost like you are holding a normal book on its side... Also, the last word of ever page and the first word of the chapter was always in these cool letter ...more
Billy Roper
Apr 06, 2016 Billy Roper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a cliche', but the book is better than the movie, which can't be said for ALL of Dick's work, such as 'Blade Runner' as opposed to 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'. The movie is better than being unfamiliar with the concept at all, though, which basically is that in the future crimes may be predicted statistically or, more fantastically, foreseen by those gifted (or plagued) by visions of them, and therefore prevented before they happen...except when they see different futures, or som ...more
Jamie
May 24, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies-seen
Since this book is comprised of many short stories by Dick, I'll review each of the ones I read. I'll base my rating upon the general consensus of Dick's work rather than an individual story.

Minority Report: This short story was pretty good. I saw how the story was the underlying idea for the movie, but I have to say that I enjoyed the story in the movie more than this smaller version of it. Since this is the first short story I've read by Dick, I have to say that I like the way he writes and t
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Colby Pryor
Minority Report by Phillip K. Dick is about a future where all violent crime has been abolished thanks to the advancement of Precog technology. Precogs are mutants with the ability to see one week into the future, and are at the center of the technology. The story focuses on a police commissioner, known as Anderton, who receives a premonition from the Precogs that he will kill someone in one week. Now the race is on to find out if Anderton will kill a man or if this is just an elaborate setup f ...more
Ryan
Apr 25, 2015 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great idea that isn't quite lived up to with the story. Definitely makes me want to read some more Philip K. Dick however!
Filipe Lemos
Sep 20, 2013 Filipe Lemos rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans who want to find out where it all started
First of all, this is the first story I've ever read of Philip K. Dick and... WOW, what a prodigious imagination.

Why 2 stars. The movie is nice. Not great, but pretty good. And it built on the book to make the story so much better. So the book kind of pails in comparison.

But this only engreatens this author to a status of LEGEND. For someone who died so young, to have had such an impressive influence is today's fiction, is just unbelievable.

I want to read everything he ever wrote!!!
Johanna
Nov 30, 2014 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a futuristic landscape, Commissioner John Anderton faces a paradox that involves his very person. Anderton has spent his life developing a complex system that predicts crimes before they happen, which ensures that modern society is virtually crime-free. However, when Anderton removes his own name from the system and finds out his to murder a man he does not know, he suspects a conspiracy. The plot thickens when a minority report emerges that predicts a different outcome – one in which Anderto ...more
Kara Trevlac
Picked this up thinking Minority Report was a full novel, and was instead surprised by a collection of short stories. Aside from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, (and several views of Blade Runner), I was unfamiliar with PKD, so I was happily surprised by the vast breadth of his work. Over the past few days, I can't seem to get the stories out of my mind. They stick in there! I sort of surprised my friend over lunch with a full recounting of the story, "Oh, to Be a Blobel". It wasn't until t ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
A precrime system sounds really great, but when it identifies the next criminal...
Nathalie
Jan 26, 2015 Nathalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
You may already know what I will tell, in that case none of it will be a surprise.
Isn't that a shame, really?

My first by Philip K. Dick, and what an introduction!

The story, as most of us already know of course from the blockbuster starring Tom Cruise, revolves around a system of Precrime where crimes are predicted and the culprits are being arrested and detained beforehand so the crime never happens.

Pretty awesome, right?
But look at it from this perspective. Let's say someone tells you you're go
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Martin
Sep 02, 2014 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
След голямото разнообразие от най-различни по-нови и съвременни романи реших да се възползвам от четенето на една от фантастичните класики. Кратката новела на Филип Дик „Доклад на малцинството“ стана известна с мотивите, по които бе създаден хитовия филм „Minority Report“ преди години. Темата е изключително интересна, затова реших да прочета и самото литературно произведение.

Първо искам да кажа, че сюжета на филма силно се различава от този в книгата, така че не очаквайте екшъна и премеждията, к
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Amy
I have never seen the movie starring Tom Cruise, so my first exposure to this story is Philip K. Dick's story. I see that this thing was first published in 1956, right at the end of Stalin's reign of terror in the Soviet Union, and right during McCarthyism in the United States. Maybe I have communism on the brain (I did just recently finish Agent 6), but to me Minority Report read like a book born right out of this era and right out of these events. This sounded to me like a cautionary tale, war ...more
Brian
Oct 14, 2015 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, in-full, revisit
I am in perpetual awe of Philip K. Dick. He explores issues of identity and choice with such probing intensity, his inventiveness granting insights that would not be available though a framework other than science fiction. He does it better than anyone else, and "The Minority Report" is one of the finest demonstrations of Mr. Dick's powers.

Those who enjoyed the film adaptation owe it to themselves to sit down with the "The Minority Report". Just as the characters in Dick's tale grapple with alt
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Trekscribbler
MINORITY REPORT, the inspiration for the latest Spielberg film, is perhaps one of Philip K. Dick's most accessible pieces of short fiction, and it's given the big blockbuster treatment here that it (arguably) deserves ... hardcover format with a clever sideways printing scheme resembling that of a traditional detective's notepad.
However, despite the popularity (or not) of the film, this item is really intended for Dick's hardcore fans. Those people drawn to it for the film might be disappointed
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Corey Pung
Dec 08, 2012 Corey Pung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s safe to say that most science fiction fans, myself included, would consider The Minority Report to be one of the best SF films of the 21st century so far. Hardly a year goes by where I don’t watch Spielberg’s sleak vision of the dystopian future, yet I have some caveats with the movie adaptation, namely that it’s a bit too long, too puffed up, and overly complicated rather than complex at times (there’s a big difference). The book version of The Minority Report, as I just found out, has non ...more
Iamjudgedredd
Short sci-fi story that asks a lot of philosophical, or at least moral questions. This little story packs a surprising punch, listening to people attack or defend the pre-crime system asks fascinating questions about means and ends, as well as innocence and guilt. Because it's only a short story you don't get caught up in a lot of explanations and descriptions of things that tend to bog down sci-fi novels, and actually leave a lot more to the imagination.
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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