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Minority Report: Volume Four Of The Collected Stories (Read a Great Movie) by [Dick, Philip K.]
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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

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140721330X
  • Publisher: Gateway; New edition edition (18 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HV0TQE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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As a fan of the work of Philip K Dick, I love this complete collection of his short stories (of which this is the fourth of 5 volumes).

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:

"Autofac"
"Service Call"
"Captive Market"
"The Mold of Yancy"
"The Minority Report" (which the movie Minority Report is based on)
"Recall Mechanism"
"The Unreconstructed M"
"Explorers We"
"War Game"
"If There Were No Benny Cemoli"
"Novelty Act"
"Waterspider"
"What the Dead Men Say"
"Orpheus with Clay Feet"
"The Days of Perky Pat"
"Stand-By"
"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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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 short stories!!
Very disappointed!!
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Format: Paperback
The fourth installment of Philip K. Dick's collected short stories 'Minority Report' continues to display how Dick's talent at short storytelling has developed. This collection showing his short stories from the period of 1954 - 1963 may not have been his best, as Dick was concentrating at the time at creating his best selling sci-fi novels, but it does not lack any of the imagination and wit which has been a trademark in earlier collections.
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!!
N. Brown
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