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The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories

by Philip K. Dick

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This is the third collection of short stories I've read by Dick in the last couple of months, and I remain impressed at how good most of them are! I've described them before as "Twilight Zone" sci-fi, and that's how these roll out, especially "Explorers We"! And I love all of the themes/issues that are dealt with on these pages - post war stories, propaganda, time travel, anti-government, anti-war, etc.. The story "Autofac" makes me think of what Amazon.com might be headed toward! And, of course, I really enjoyed (again!) "The Minority Report"! Also, as a Bay Area resident, I loved the mention of so many local towns and locations, especially the city directly to my north, Petaluma! The longest story in here, "What The Dead Men Say" was my least favorite, and four of the last six in the collection didn't really do much for me. But the last story, "Oh, To Be A Blobel!" ended the book on a high, high note! Still, I do want to know, what is a swibble? ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Sep 3, 2017 |
Only the third Philip K Dick I've read. This was interesting more than engaging, but that was the idea: question your perceptions of reality. ( )
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
this is a book of his earlier short stories. some of them are pretty good, others just alright. i've never read him before and i suspect he's better to read in a collection of lots of authors - i found reading him all at once to be pretty repetitive. i guess if you are familiar with him and other stories coming out in the 50's and 60's it might be cool to see his progression of ideas, and how he'd keep trying a certain theme to get it right. i guess i was hoping for a little more evolution in the ideas since he was returning to them over and over, but didn't find that. still, i did like some of these, and i enjoyed his paying homage to other sci-fi authors in the stories. i especially enjoyed his personal commentary about the stories themselves. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
Autofac ★★★
A seguito di una guerra imprecisata che ha decimato il genere umano i sopravvissuti si ritrovano a combattere con le fabbriche automatiche.
Le autofac, messe in piedi in periodo di guerra, sono instancabili produttrici di beni di ogni genere, purtroppo però non sanno ri-tararsi sull'effettivo numero di beneficiari, il risultato è che nella loro foga produttiva stanno consumando tutte le risorse del pianeta.
I sopravvissuti affronteranno il problema in diversi modi fino a creare competizione tra autofac diverse.

Service Call ★★★
E se arrivasse un tecnico dal futuro pronto a riparare il vostro swibble asserendo che l'avete chiamato?
E se voi non aveste idea di cosa sia uno swibble?

Captive market ★★★★
Racconto in cui, oltre alla fantscienza, spicca la protagonista per la sua visione in piccolo, votata solo a vendere e guadagnare senza curarsi delle condizioni attorno e pensando solo al proprio benessere.

The mold of Yancy ★★★
Altro racconto basato sull'idea del pensiero omologato e di come ottenerlo - e eventualmente anche di come demolirlo.

The minority report ★★★★★
Il film non l'ho mai visto, sapevo però sommariamente di cosa trattava, quindi è stato facile entrare nel clima del racconto, che è veramente bello.
Il tutto si basa sulle capacità precognitive di alcune persone; usando le loro visioni è possibile fermare i crimini prima che accadano. Il tutto precipita quando il capo della sezione pre-crime si trova assassino in una precognizione, poi dire altro sarebbe spoiler.
Quello che ignoravo è il senso del titolo, elemento geniale su cui gioca il racconto. Decisamente da leggere.

Recall mechanism ★★★
L'idea di base è ancora la presenza di persone con facoltà precognitive che però in questo caso fanno la fortuna degli psicologi.

The unreconstructed M ★★★
Racconto invenstigativo con complicazioni; si inizia a intravedere il tema della realtà e della finzione che in molti romanzi è centrale. In questo caso il tema è trattato con linearità e non rende complessa la trama del racconto

Explorers we ★★★
Il ritorno di una spedizione da Marte e i problemi che ne derivano. Una storia abbastanza breve con un finale a sorpresa; il meccanismo ormai non è nuovissimo ma rimane comunque una lettura piacevole.

War game ★★★★
Mai fidarsi dei giocattoli alieni e leggere sempre le istruzioni.

If there were no Benny Cemoli ★★★
Ed è meglio non fidarsi neanche di politicanti e giornali (giornali eh, non giornalisti).

Novelty act ★★★★
Un altro racconto sulle irrealtà fornite da politica e televisione che si fondono in uno spettacolo fatto apposta per rendere l'umanità docile e schiava. Al e Ian, due fratelli, cercano di esibirsi col loro sgangherato spettacolo alla Casa Bianca dove scopriranno i retroscena della politica.
Contiene anche dettagli abbastanza scollegati dalla trama principale (la confessione, i test...) molto interessanti.

Waterspider ★★★★
Racconto su viaggi nel tempo, pre-cog, convegni di fantascienza e Poul Anderson (sì, proprio lo scrittore); in qualche convoluto modo un omaggio alla fantascienza con anche un cameo d'eccezione.

What the dead men say ★★★
I morti possono essere riportati brevemente alla vita, ma non sempre; il racconto parla di uno di questi casi anomali.

Orpheus with clay feet ★★★
Altro racconto su paradossi temporali dovuti a un uso ingenuo delle macchine del tempo.

The days of Perky Pat ★★★
Il gioco, presente in questo racconto, è uno dei temi presenti nei lavori di Dick, un esempio si ha ne "Le tre stimmate di Palmer Elderich"; anche qui serve per "anestetizzare" una realtà difficile.

Stand-by ★★★
Temi analoghi a quelli presentati in "Novelty act".

What'll we do with Ragland Park? ★★
Altro racconto sul tema della precognizione, però un po' diverso dai precedenti per alcuni principi.

Oh, to be a Blobel! ★★★★
Terrestri e Blobel (simil ameboidi) si sono fatti la guerra: le spie, per essere efficaci, hanno imparato l'arte di mutare nella forma nemica, purtroppo, a guerra finita, è quasi impossibile stabilizzarsi nel vecchio aspetto. Il racconto segue la storia di due spie (lui umano, lei blobel) che hanno difficoltà a reintegrarsi nella loro società naturale e che si incontreranno grazie all'aiuto di uno psicologo.
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  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
The collection is fantastic, but the story that stood out most to me is The Minority Report. I enjoyed absolutely everything about this story. Such an interesting work of science fiction. The fact that Dick can dream up the elaborate plot and all the details and then go beyond that to put it into beautiful writing astounds me.

The story was pretty dense, but I'm not a huge science fiction reader. There were parts I had to read a few times through to understand, but I was glad I did. Some books you can skim through and still get the idea of what's going on. With The Minority Report, I found that I didn't want to skim. I wanted to read and try to understand everything I could.

I am a new reader of Phillip K. Dick, but I will definitely be looking into more of his work. ( )
  laurahaggart | Jun 11, 2012 |
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Toen Anderton de jongeman zag binnenkomen, was zijn eerste gedachte: 'Ik word kaal. Kaal en dik en oud. '
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This work is Volume 4 of the collected works of Philip K. Dick, and contains 18 stories. It was published under the following titles:
1. The Days of Perky Pat, 1987.
2. The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories, US 1991.
3. Minority Report, UK 2000.
4. Volume IV: The Minority Report, unabridged Audiobook, US 2015.

This work should not be combined with:
1. Minority Report and Other Stories which is an audio production of only 5 stories (Minority Report, We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, Paycheck, Second Variety, and The Eyes Have It).
2. Minority Report [short story]
3. Minority Report, 0375421874, Pantheon 2002. This is a novelty hardback edition which contains only the single short story.
4. Minority Report (0575074787; 0575075201; 1857987381), a 2002 UK Gollancz film tie-in collection of 10 stories.
5. Minority Report [movie]

Correct ISBNs for Volume 4 include:
US: Underwood/Miller 0887330533; Citadel Twilight 0806512768; Citadel 0806523794; Citadel 0806521686
UK: Gollancz 0806523794; Grafton 0586207686; Millenium 1857989473;
Germany: Haffmans 9783861508113
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