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Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Stories (Read a Great Movie) Kindle Edition
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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.
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!
This volume covers PKD's short stories from late 1954 through to 1963. As with any collection of this kind, where all an authors short stories are collected, the quality can vary. However, to my mind even when PKD is not at his best he is still well worth a read (and at his best he is among the very best).
As well as the stories you get some interesting introductory material and some helpful notes.
The stories contained in this volume are:
"The Mold of Yancy"
"The Minority Report" (which the movie Minority Report is based on)
"The Unreconstructed M"
"If There Were No Benny Cemoli"
"What the Dead Men Say"
"Orpheus with Clay Feet"
"The Days of Perky Pat"
"What'll We Do with Ragland Park?"
"Oh, to Be a Blobel!"
"A useful acquisition for any serious SF library or collection" -- Kirkus
"The collected stories of Philip K. Dick is awe inspiring". -- The Washington Post
"More than anyone else in the field, Mr. Dick really puts you inside people's minds". -- Wall Street Journal
The other four volumes in this collection are:
Beyond Lies The Wub: Volume One Of The Collected Short Stories
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This collection contains the title story 'Minority Report' which has been made into a movie by Steven Spielberg, plus several other better known works such as 'The Days of Perky Pat' (the original title of this collection in it's first published form and which was further developed into another novel by Dick later on!) and 'The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich' which was also released as a novella.
In all a great example of how Dick's style has grown and adapted to the trend of SF writing over the years. A true master at his art!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the wrong book. It's confusing enough that the original titles of the 5 books making up the complete short stories of Dick (in chronological order) have had their name... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tey have namedropped a classic title into a fairly average collection of short stories to sell it.Published 2 months ago by Ioan D.
This one-star review has NOTHING to do with the quality of the stories. I'm posting this merely to warn you that the contents of this book might nog be what you expect. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pen Name
Great stories but be sure to read PKD's notes at the end. Some are prophetic and give a new dimension to the stories.Published 8 months ago by thefarhad
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