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Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Stories (Read a Great Movie) [Kindle Edition]

Philip K. Dick
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Imagine a future where crimes can be detected before they are committed, and criminals are convicted and sentenced for crimes before committing them. This is the scenario of Philip K. Dick's classic story, now filmed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise.

In addition to MINORITY REPORT this exclusive collection includes nine other outstanding short stories by the twentieth century's outstanding SF master, three of which have been made into feature films.

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'Minority Report should be on everyone's shelves, and in this edition is wonderfully affordable. Why can't more hardback books cost 6.99?' The Daily Mail


'Minority Report should be on everyone's shelves, and in this edition is wonderfully affordable. Why can't more hardback books cost 6.99?' The Daily Mail

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance from PKD 28 July 2005
Some of Dick's novels are my favourite books, but short stories were where he truly excelled. The whole five-part series of his Collected Short Series is brilliant, and this fourth installment doesn't disappoint. You can really see a progression between the short stories and some of his later novels that drew inspiration from them.
The neat freak in me is slightly annoyed that the cover is completely different to the others in the series though, especially when it's only been done to tie in with the film.
A great book to dip into now and then when your brain is too tired to digest an entire novel!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT the book of the film - but still genius 24 Feb. 2003
Let's get one thing straight first of all - the only reason that this book is awarded four and not five stars is because of the misleading nature of its cover design. If, like me, you are investing in this because you thoroughly enjoyed the film and want to check out the author, you will be in for a bit of a shock - Minority Report is actually a SHORT story and the movie bears little or no resemblance to it. Anyone expecting a novel-sized read mirroring the plot and suspense of the Tom Cruise blockbuster will initially be disappointed.
However the disappointment won't be for long. This book is in fact a collection of nine Philip K Dick short stories, every one of them supremely imaginative, thought provoking and utterly engrossing futuristic fantasies. As well as Minority Report - ironically, possibly the weakest of the nine - there is "The Electric Ant", about a man discovering he is in fact a robot; "Oh! To Be A Blobel", a heartbreaking tale of inter-alien relationships; and "War Game", chartering the children's toy market sometime in the distant future. Also included is "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale", "The Impostor" and "Second Variety" which were made into the films "Total Recall", "The Impostor" and "Screamers" respectively.
What made the late Philip K Dick such a genius is not just the unique, Earth-shattering situations in which he places his characters, but the characters themselves. Despite being aliens, or on other planets, or in the future, they encounter the same passions, problems and emotional traumas that we do here in the early 21st Century. A perfect introduction to the world of Dick, ignore the fact that this is not 'the book of the film' and prepare to be immersed in the best science fiction writing of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - these stories are superb 1 Oct. 2002
By A. J. Sudworth VINE VOICE
Format:Audio Cassette
I think it is a crying shame that Philip K Dick did not live to see just what an impact his stories have made - we all know about 'Androids ..' becoming the Bladerunner classic sci-fi film that has in my opinion never been beaten. What this collection of stories contains is no less than three stories that have been made into films - and successful ones at that
The obvious one is Minority Report, but We Can Remember It Whole Sale' which was made into 'Total Recall' and another one that was made into 'Screamers'. These stories pack a punch that many, more ponderous, sci-fi stories cannot match, summoning up a vision of a world where fascist type government bodies control, or attempt to control the population. And when you look at the discussion on privacy laws, email snooping today you see the beginnings of a similar type of society. I recommend the audio book version of this book as Keir Duller brings a gravity to the stories, especially if you contrast the bleakness of the vision of Dick against the optimisism of Clark in 2001
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-fi on high class audio. 26 Feb. 2003
By Kaye L. Elling VINE VOICE
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
This is simply one of the best audio books I have ever heard. Not only are these short stories unabridged, and can thus be enjoyed in all of their hard hitting, thought-provoking glory, but the delivery itself is of a very high standard.
Some people can see past a mediocre narrator or shoddy sound recording, though I am not one of them. I expect a great deal from every aspect of an audio book, and with Minority Report, I was not disappointed. Keir Dullea gives a great performance in his narration of the stories, he has a pleasant voice and low key approach which doesn't distract from the narrative, and the sound recording itself is clear and free from pops and crackles and jarring edits heard in so many audio books today.
The five stories themselves, which include We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (on which the film Total Recall was based) and Second Variety (inspiration for the film Screamers) are simply fantastic. Whether you are a fan of Sci-fi or are more interested in hearing a thoughful story well told, you'll not regret buying this tape, and will listen to it again and again. I know I will.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, shame about the proof-reading 30 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great collection of fast-paced engaging stories from Philip K Dick that I chose for my first Kindle purchase. It's a shame that this Kindle edition is riddled with single-letter spelling mistakes that seem to have resulted from an automated text scan of the original and were not corrected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little niggle perhaps. 21 Feb. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm torn on how to review this.

Positive - The book is amazing, which is why I'm giving
it five stars.

Negative - There are spelling mistakes in the text.
This maybe a little niggle and in the case of free
ebooks I completely understand.

If I pay for a book I expect the spelling to be

In conclusion

Book = good

Publisher (I presume Gollancz) = Bad
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Time-Travelling
A fantastically frightening set of possible futures!
Published 4 days ago by Robert Stewkesbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Great stuff. Incredibly thought-provoking.
Published 3 months ago by Book Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars nice for the collector
Nice set, nothing new though from previous volumes. In fact previous volumes have had introductions by other writers.
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Another inspiring collection which is a fitting tribute to the breathtaking eclecticism that is the mind of PKD. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Timothy W. Dumble
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect!!
Instead of receiving the volume 4 of the short collected stories, I've been sent a different book, with 10 short stories already available in the others volumes of the collected... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patrick Bauvin
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly creepy
Perfect Dick - why did they make the dopey film that they did, instead of a film of this story? Interesting that the vision of the future is so dystopian (and not because of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jezza
5.0 out of 5 stars biased revirw
1. pkd can do no wrong
2. excellent stories
3. book fits in the pocket of my winter coat, just need to hide under jacket when it rains
Published 18 months ago by Moo!
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