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The Minority Report (P. K. Dick) (urspr publ 1956; utgåvan 2002)

av Philip K. Dick (Författare)

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Viewed by many as the greatest science fiction writer on any planet, Philip K. Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original and thought-provoking fiction of our time. Now a major feature film, Minority Report tells the story of a less than reliable special unit which employs those with the power of precognition to fight crime before it happens.… (mer)
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Titel:The Minority Report (P. K. Dick)
Författare:Philip K. Dick (Författare)
Info:Pantheon Books (2002), Edition: First Edition, 112 pages
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The Minority Report [short story] av Philip K. Dick (1956)

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I feel a kinda bad, only giving this 3 stars, because I normally love Philip K. Dick's work, but I was just massively underwhelmed by this story.

I think the main problem with this book, is the same problem a lot of short stories seem to suffer from. There's just not enough time spent on the characters or the plot. We've hardly met the main character before he's on the run, and I just didn't care. I didn't care about him, his wife, his job, or that fact his life was crashing around his head.

Thanks to the Hollywood film, everyone knows what the main plot of this book is, and as with so much of Dick's work, his paranoia fed into great ideas. But unlike the movie, there just wasn't enough time to delve into the reality of this world, although Dick does make some effort to have his characters question the morality of a world where mentally ill children are enslaved in order to imprison people who have not actually committed any crime. But in the end there just wasn't enough to make me like this book. ( )
  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
"The Minority Report" is a short story that, in this edition, has been packaged as a stand-alone novel. It is about a time in the future in which there is no crime-- because there is a creepy method for preventing criminal action before it occurs. Anderton, the founder and CEO of the company/police force that does this, finds himself framed for a murder he has no intention of committing. With the powerful Army closing in on him, can he save himself from incarceration in a detention camp before it is too late?

This was a quick read (I read it in about an hour), but I am not sure that I understood it all. I got a little tripped up on the characters' explanations of "majority" and "minority" reports and the philosophical implications thereof. I am not, however, interested enough to go back and reread it. ( )
  akblanchard | Jun 2, 2018 |
My, what an interesting book! Quick read, good plot, interesting but slightly 2 dimensional characters. Not much like the movie, which is just fine.

Something I thought was cool - there really isn't a protagonist in this novel. Everyone is out for their own personal gain. Anderton doesn't want to lose his position or Precrime. Witwer wants Anderton's job. Kaplan wants the Army back in control instead of the government.

We're set up to think Anderton is the protagonist because he's the one being sought after for a possible murder. But when he finds out that there really is no minority report, that the precogs' reports cancel each other out instead of having a majority report, he still doesn't seem to be remorseful for any of the people that he has put into the internment camps throughout his years in Precrime. When someone suggests to him that Precrime should instead let the accused future muderer know about his/her possible crime to see if he or she changes his or her mind, he's very blaise about it. The only reason the precogs' reports change is because Anderton knows that he's being accused of a future murder to which he believes he won't commit but then after realizing why he might commit murder he changes his mind.

This is definitely a anti-uptopian book (from Wikipedia: As in George Orwell's 1984, a dystopia does not pretend to be utopian, while an anti-utopia appears to be utopian or was intended to be so, but a fatal flaw or other factor has destroyed or twisted the intended utopian world or concept). No one comes right out and says the government and the Army is controlling the minds of the citizens, but at the end we see how everyone readily accepts whatever Kaplan says. I think Anderton's wife is the only one that brings up the subject of free will although she doesn't actually say free will.

Very good read. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
I have never seen the movie based on this short story. Meanwhile the 1956 science fiction story is a great twisting thriller which could be considered a prescient warning of our contemporary Big Data age: predictive analytics, machine learning, etc.

It seems a bonus was awarded to me in getting to read the story. Then, double points were intrinsically awarded in not even having to watch Tom Cruise "act." What a gift! (Reading - Tom Cruise = good times.)

Queue Sinister Music: Watch out for the PreCrime Unit for it threatens our very System of laws and civil tranquility. ( )
  bikesandbooks | Jan 29, 2017 |
I'm bummed I saw the movie first, but they are pretty different, and both are pretty dang good in their own right! John Anderton runs the precrime unit of the police, a system where people are arrested before they commit their crimes, based on the visions of the future by three precogs. "In our society we have no major crimes," Anderton went on, "but we do have a detention camp full of would-be-criminals." Crazy, huh? Well, guess what? Anderton's name pops out as a potential killer! And then the fun begins!

This is a good short story with some fairly deep philosophical questions in it, especially about guilt and, of course, predictions. And I had fun reading this edition because it reads top to bottom, as opposed to the traditional left to right. It even felt kind of futuristic! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Nov 27, 2016 |
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This work is the single short story, Minority Report. The Pantheon hardback 0375421874 is a novelty edition, which, though over 100 pages, contains only the one short story. Do not combine this work 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. The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories which is Volume 4 of the Collected Stories and contains 18 stories.

3. Minority Report (0575074787; 0575075201; 1857987381), a 2002 UK Gollancz film tie-in collection of 10 stories.
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