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The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories Paperback – May 1, 2002
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You can't compare Philip K. Dick to any other science fiction writer. About the only other author he can be fairly compared to at all is Franz Kafka - but a workingman's Kafka, shorn of all pretension or artiness. All his heros are the same besieged everyman as K., wrestling with elusive metaphysics, impossible transformations, a cosmic bureaucracy, and a dysfunctional society - but also with overdue rent bills, insistent advertising, and messy divorces.
Precogs show up in many of Philip K. Dick's works, but Dick himself was not particularly in the prediction business. Nearly every world he created, large (in his novels) or small (in stories like these) was a future dystopia. But whereas the dystopias of other sf writers make you shudder and think, "Yes, it could be like that... If Things Go On," Dick's have a different flavor, a different kind of immediacy.
And the reason for that is, that Philip K. Dick was not so much a science fiction writer as a prophet. He showed us a future that mirrored the present so faithfully that he could convince us of what he always felt - that dystopia is already here; apocalypse is already here. All you have to do (the original meaning of apocalypse) is tear away the veils.
Many people are going to take a fresh interest in Mr. Dick's writings because of the movie Minority Report.Read more ›
Along with the short, The Minority Report, which the 2002 Spielberg movie starring Tom Cruise was based upon, there are many other strange treats in store for your science fiction palate. Here are a few of my favorites:
Autofac, where a post-war network insists on running the world for the good of the citizens. The Mold Of Yancy, a lovely yarn about a seemingly harmless autocrat on an outer colony. The Unreconstructed M, where murder comes in small, shifty boxes. Explorers We, a never-ending cycle of hopes dashed. War Game, the harmless, or not so harmless, tactics of market domination. What The Dead Men Say, exploring a world where half-life after death is expected. Oh, To Be A Blobel digests the aftereffects of infiltrating the enemy's forces by changing appearances. And my favorite, The Days Of Perky Pat, where survivors of the last great war fight their battles with dollhouses.
I believe that this is one of Dick's better collections, so if you are hankering for some good, old-fashioned sci-fi that will let you kick back into the future, pick up The Minority report, and Enjoy!Read more ›
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I love Philip K. Dick, but the quality of the print in this book is horrible. My copy is missing an entire paragraph from the third story. Would not recommend.Published on December 26, 2013 by AE
Technically, I would say 3 1/2. Philip K. Dick seems to reprise the same themes so much in this collection it gets a bit repetitive. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Daniel J. Henk
What if we can detect crimes before they happen? What if we can arrest criminals before they commit crimes? Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Leonard Seet
Is there really a need to explain a 5 star rating for The Minority Report? In this day and age, I think it is an excellent story for people to read and consider. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Kristin
This volume of Philip K. Dick Short stories includes stories written between 1954 and 1964 and are very heavily influenced by the Cold War and Dick's aversion to any sort of... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Metallurgist