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The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories By Philip K. Dick

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  22 reviews
With an Introduction by James Tiptree, Jr.

"More than anyone else in the field, Mr. Dick really puts you inside people's minds." --Wall Street Journal

Many thousands of readers consider Philip K. Dick to have been the greatest science fiction writer on any planet. Since his untimely death in 1982, interest in Dick's works has continued to mount and his reputation has been en
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Paperback, 394 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Citadel
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G33z3r
An entertaining enough collection of PKD stories. Plenty of strangeness here, and lots of PKD's love of fakery and misdirection.

I always like to look at older stories for their technology. Lots of such passe tech in these, no one the whole, PKD is far from a hardSF author; he throws out technological ideas and the occasional paranormal telepathy/psionics to play his little games of “what if”.


How Do You Know You're Reading Philip K. Dick? • (1987) • essay by James Tiptree, Jr.
One of the things th
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Jodi
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Before this book, I didn't think I enjoyed science fiction. I enjoyed every story included in this collection and I have so many that are contenders for my favorite in the book. I just can't choose! Looking forward to reading this again! ...more
Amber Marshall
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars based on average of my individual ratings (see below).

I "swapped Dicks" (HAH) with my friend Samantha (I'd bought her this collection). I liked a lot of the first half and some of the last half started to lose me. PKD is great with concepts and tantalizing world-building but I never like his characters. For me they're just there as filler and as a way to demonstrate the world and concepts. Rarely do I feel any sympathy for them or identify with them. The men are often chauvinist and h
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Silvana
I would just echo what John W. Campbell said about PKD stories: "Nuts."

More complete review to follow.
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Samantha Grenier
I made a video review to highlight the highs and lows of this short story collection. In summary: the base concept behind every story is genius, but PKD could use some heavy editing. The stories lack substance in world building, dialogue, characterization, and he could do with fewer adverbs. He was a “tell, don’t show” level writer. For specifics, I summarize the stories the way I perceived them below, and took an average for the overall collection:

Autofac, 4-⭐️: technology will eat all your res
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Anne
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I had a hard time reading Philip K. Dick's short stories. Without doubt, his imagination is amazing! The ideas he had - wow! It's really good material.
But never the less, I had a hard time reading it. Dick's writing isn't bad. It really isn't. But it was hard for me to stay concentrated while reading. In the end, I could only read one (maybe two) stories each day and only in the early morning, when I had nothing else on my mind yet. For me it was hard to stay focused on his story and very easy t
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Peter
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phillip Dick was one of a kind. I think the stories in the first half of the book were all excellent, and they got less interesting the further I went. However, the Minority Report is one of the best sc-fi short stories I've ever read, and it was worth it for that alone. ...more
Brad Bell
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Philip K. Dick is a master storyteller, a titan of the sci-fi genre. His stories almost always are thought provoking, original and always more layered then at first glance. That being said not all of his stories are always interesting enough to warrant the deeper dive that they demand and this story collection has more of those that great stories that require repeat readings.

They market this collection as containing the story that inspired the 2002 film “Minority Report” but that story is actual
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Scott
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of early SCI-FI. The mixture of early 50’s view of the future - how much has really changed and how much is the same.

Early concepts repeat themselves in the various stories. Some stories are very good, some not as good, but overall a very entertaining read.

When you don’t have enough time or energy to invest in a whole novel, these short stories were satisfying.
Mari Mann
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got this book from a Little Free Library near my home. Above the story called "Stand-By", someone had written, in pencil, "This is about Trump". Not going to go where that might lead, except to say that this story is as pre-cog as any in the book. Brilliant. ...more
Jennifer
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Out of all of the short stories, The Minority Report was kind of mediocre compared to some of the really fun and fascinating ones. I never thought I'd say I preferred a Tom Cruise movie (!!! there is a look of horror on my face right now) over the source material, but there it is. ...more
SusanBassMarcus
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Clever, disturbing stories about fakery, authoritarianism, AI/machinery-dominated Earth, indoctrinated people, and loneliness. Not as powerful as The Man in the High Castle, but aware of so many possibilities some of which have materialized to threaten our world.
Disturbingly misogynist.
Dutch10k
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Minority Report was definitely the highlight of the book, but all the short stories we good. It felt like some stories just ended without a proper ending.
Gfec
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Minority report 5/5
Second variety 4,5/5
To be a blobel 3,5/5
What a dead man say 3/5
War game 4/5
Faith of our fathers 4/5
The electric ant 4/5
We can remember it for your wholesale 4,5/5

Judith
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun 1960s sci fi stories with twists. I thought I'd just skim it and read a few, but to my surprise I read all the stories. ...more
Paige
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I read it too fast at first and a lot of the stories have sort of blurred together. Definitely a lot of interesting thoughts and themes. Classic sci-fi space stuff
Dana Bledsoe
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I believe PKD was a pre-cog; his stories seem as relevant today as I’m sure they were when he originally concocted them.
Daniel Reid
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only planned to read one or two of these stories but they were just so good I couldn't stop. Definitely worth a read! ...more
Peter G. Romano
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even though a few stories may have a soft landing, all of them are riveting and so incredibly original it is, for lack of a better term, staggering. Reading a book of PKD short stories made me appreciate even more his imagination and the fact that he just wrote so well. As with some of the books he authored in the fifties and sixties, some of the stories, too, have a spooky relevance to today’s world, especially politically. Read What the Dead Men Say to find out. I’m not going be a spoiler and ...more
Randal
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of the author
Shelves: sci-fi
A wildly uneven collection of short fiction. The first half of the book is heavy with stories about crime & punishment (like the title story) and a fairly /surprisingly sympathetic reading of the difficulties of being an authoritarian.
Later the subject matter goes widely afield -- even astray, considering the last story is a sci-fi version of O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi ... a version that doesn't add anything, just changes the setting. It's also all dating rapidly.
There are a couple of hig
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Patricia
LOVE PKD. He's my fave sci-fi writer and I'm glad that this collection exists. His short stories are relatively easy to read but they brim with profundity. ...more
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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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