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The Minority Report

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  9,093 ratings  ·  396 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.
Hardcover, 103 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Pantheon Books (first published January 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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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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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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Leonard
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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Will M.
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, everything didn't work out the way I wanted things to.

While the premise is very interesting, the execution for
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Jeremy
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 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tina
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J.E. Mac
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
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.

S.
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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Jamie
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
MyNy
When I learned about INDECT a short time ago, I heard someone say it sounded like something out of that Tom Cruise film. As I don't watch Tom Cruise films >_< , I disregarded the hint, but when I read that said unseen Tom Cruise film is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, I rushed to get that one.

Then the news about PRISM broke, and I can't stop staring at the world and wonder why nobody even seems to bother, let alone get upset.
Everybody is throwing embarrassed smiles and indiffere
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Filipe Lemos
Sep 20, 2013 Filipe Lemos rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
Nathalie
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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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
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
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
Lachlan Smith
This is a brilliant short story, that is an example of how human (or in this case human/mutant) error can have dire consequences.
John Anderton is the police commissioner, specifically working in the "Precrime" unit. "Precrime" is a system in which mutants predict crimes a week before they occur, allowing the police to arrest the perpetrator before they even commit the crime. The mutants produce cards that tell them who is the murderer and who is the victim - John Anderton knows the system inside
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Shelley
minority report - 4
imposter - 4
second variety - 3
war game - 3
what the dead men say - 2
oh, to be a Blobel - 3
the electric ant - 5
the faith of our fathers - 4
we can remember it for you wholesale - 5

The stories were written very well and all of the endings were satisfying.
Alana
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Lucie
Of course my reading of this short-story was coloured by the 2002 movie, but not in a bad way (though the casting of Tom Cruise does seem weird now!). As usual, Philip K. Dick is a master in what he does, and nothing is amiss.
Aso
i just wish the story could be a little bit longer and have more details.
Lorelle
Feb 09, 2015 Lorelle marked it as to-read
Now that's a hook.
Martin
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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Byshoon
This is the first I've read by P.K.Dick. I lovee how simple his writing style was, it reminded me of George Orwell. The fact that he centres the story around the characters and their development but always with some wonderfly intricate and detailed but yet hsugely significant differneve between iur lifestyle snd theirs makes it a satisfying read. There was phsychological, technological and philosophical theories and concepts I had trouble grasping but were made easier to follow by the easy style ...more
Dan Claffey
Great collection of short science fiction short stories, including those that inspired the movies Minority Report and the incredible classic Total Recall. The Total Recall story "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale" was much closer to the movie version than "Minority Report" was. "Minority Report" was a brief look at police state that was controlled based on mutants seeing into the future to predict murders before they happen and very little is resolved at the end; where the film was much more ...more
Pat
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. 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 Memo ...more
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