The Minority Report

The Minority Report In the world of The Minority Report Commissioner John Anderton is the one to thank for the lack of crime He is the originator of the Precrime System which uses precogs people with the power to see i

  • Title: The Minority Report
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780375421877
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the world of The Minority Report, Commissioner John Anderton is the one to thank for the lack of crime He is the originator of the Precrime System, which uses precogs people with the power to see into the future to identify criminals before they can do any harm Unfortunately for Anderton, his precogs perceive him as the next criminal.

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    1. Philip K Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Philip K Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English language novels published since 1923 In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.

    2. ”’You have to be taken in--if Precrime is to survive. You’re thinking of your own safety. But think, for a moment, about the system.’ Leaning over, Lisa stubbed out her cigarette and fumbled in her purse for another. ‘Which means more to you---your own personal safety or the existence of the system?’‘My safety,’ Anderton answered, without hesitation.‘You’re positive?’‘If the system can survive only by imprisoning innocent people, then it deserves to be destroyed. My perso [...]

    3. I'm not an old, crusty sci-fi fan who read this when it came out in '56. No, I'm a neophyte who only knows about The Minority Report because of the 2002 movie version. It's hard not to associate this solid, yet too short short story with that blockbuster flick starring Tom Cruised I'm not even going to try. Why? Because I loved the movie, even though I hate Tom Cruise. Maybe "hate" is too harsh. Let's just say I've never liked him and have only tolerated watching his movies, all the while wishin [...]

    4. 11/1/15I might have to reread this very soon, because I just watched the movie, and it was fantastic.-----------I'm not sure if I read the same novel as the ones who rated this 4-5 stars. I honestly don't get how to like this novel, aside from the premise.The blurb/synopsis is very ambiguous, yet that's not my problem with this one. Ambiguity doesn't necessarily mean that the novel's going to turn out awful, but rather ambiguity, in most cases, leads to the enjoyment of the reader. In this case, [...]

    5. What I should like to know is why Anderton would have committed murder in the timeline which the first minority report forecasted. All the reasons that Anderton could have committed murders had resulted from prediction itself and there was no way that a prediction could be made without Anderton seeing the card.I think the story really works because no one, who already hasn't committed or is planning to commit a murder, believes him/herself capable of one. Anderton, like most such people, just ca [...]

    6. This is only my second PKD story (the first being The Man in the High Castle, which I liked, despite still being pretty sure that I don't know what any of it actually meant), and I think, maybe, that I liked this one, too But I'm not sure yet, because, well, I had some pretty big issues with it. We shall see how I feel after I blark out all of my thoughts in this review. The premise here is that at some point in the future, society is virtually crime-free thanks to precognitive predictions leadi [...]

    7. Wow, this was surprisingly bad. The movie was pretty terrible, so I assumed that the short story had to at least be somewhat better I was horribly wrong.First of all, this was so fucking boring that I stopped reading TWO PAGES FROM THE END. It was so terribly dull that by the time I got to page 18, the number of fucks I gave had actually dipped into the negative range and I just could not continue.I'd like to keep this short, so I'll list the things that sucked about this story:- 20 pages seems [...]

    8. China’s security boss planning to use AI to stop crime before it even happens. Meng Jianzhu says data analysis can predict patterns which could stop terror attacks of social unrest before they happen. (The Independent Sept 2017)

    9. Between 3 and 4 starsIn the future, there exists a world in which there's no violence as all violent acts are foreseen and stopped before they occur. But what if you are accused of killing a person you've never met for reasons you don't even know? None of this has happened yet, so there's still time to change the course of the future. How would you fight a system you thought was infallible?While I like the writing and find the idea of a dystopic future where precognition is so reliable that it's [...]

    10. Read on the WondrousBooks blog.I'd heard so much about Philip K. Dick but this is the first book of his that I actually got to read. In one of my classes he was the main topic too often for me not to find something of his. I kind of expected that the hype would be bigger than the actual greatness of Dick's works. But I'll be the first one to admit my mistake.I actually liked The Minority Report so much, that I chose the movie as my exam topic. The movie and the book are extremely different. Asid [...]

    11. What if we can detect crimes before they happen? What if we can arrest criminals before they commit crimes?Anderton is the commissioner and founder of Precrime, the police force that arrests criminals before they have a chance to commit crime. Computers manipulate “gibberish” from three “precogs,” each one seeing into a possible future, and Anderton determines whether a crime will be committed. When two or more “precogs” agree on an outcome, the resulting agreement is a majority repo [...]

    12. 5* Oh my god holy shit this is a lot. So in this world people are killed because it is preconceived that they will commit murder. This precognition system is achieved using 3 human robots with the precognition powers to send out reports on a card that the person will eventually murder someone. VERY MINOR SPOILERS I'M JUST EXPLAINING THE LOGIC BEHIND THE ROBOT SYSTEM:Precog (what they call the human robots in the story)The concept of the majority and minority report is explained in the story late [...]

    13. So I'm waiting for my publisher to show up and hand over the proof copy and buy me some beers and he's running late so I duck into this all-books-are-$10 joint called The Book Grocer on Russell Street since I am unequipped. I have time to read about three quarters of the short story of the same name as the book before Stephen shows upd then it's all about me and mine, but as soon as practically possible, I get into the chair beside my reading chair (my daughter having occupied my usual spot, rea [...]

    14. Basta dizer que vi o filme de Spielberg antes, que usa o essencial do conto de PKD, expandindo de forma magnífica este mundo em que três mutantes da agência Precrime conseguem prever crimes, o que permite detenções antecipadas, sendo que o mais recente visado é John Anderton, o responsável pelo programa.

    15. 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 [...]

    16. This story is difficult to review. On many levels, I really enjoyed it, despite its flaws.1) It got right what the movie got incredibly wrong.Namely, that in any story with a character knowing the future (specifically his own) there needs to be the feeling of inevitability. That all events are unavoidable, even when actively avoided. If the outcome foretold is to come true in the story, then the protagonist needs to do everything in his power to make sure it doesn't happen. And the easiest way t [...]

    17. Fantastic short story from Philip K. Dick. I was actually surprised at how much I liked this, as I'm not normally a huge reader of short stories and I know Tom Cruise was in the movie adaptation. But it was very engaging and quick paced. I'll need to read more of his shorts, if this is any indication of the quality. Who would have expected the short (view spoiler)[story from Philip K. (hide spoiler)]Dick to be so good? While I did see that climax coming, it was still very satisfying.

    18. My first exposure to this was through the Hollywood adaptation that was released in 2002. In it,Matthew Dickman along with his brotherMichael Dickman starred as the pre-cog twins, Dashiell and Arthur respectively. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which shared the name of PKD's short novella.I did not ever and do not ever intend to watch the complete film adaptation. Movies make me go to sleep more frequently than books do, and are also less consistent in non-soporific effects to boot.But I pa [...]

    19. Very short book, a novella really. The book is nothing like the movie and I was surprised at how much more interesting were the ideas in Spielberg’s work compared to the original concept and simple story. Of all the books by Philip K. Dick I have tried,The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, this is the one I liked best, however I still think the movie is better than the book.

    20. I'd never read The Minority Report. It struck me last night when I saw Tom Cruise in something advertised on Netflix – it might have been Oblivion. So I turned to my dog-eared copy of a collection of Dick's short-stories and read it in bed. It's somewhat slow, some might even say pedestrian, but to me very clever. Full of paradoxes, interesting moral questions – time, inevitability of our actions, the desire to change based on knowledge of what our future selves might do, whether we can chan [...]

    21. Um marco na história da ficção científica, K. Dick fica lembrado pelas suas ideias mais do que pela sua prosa. Este conto alargado já foi adaptado para filme, assim como muitas das suas obras. A razão do seu sucesso pode residir neste facto.

    22. Amazing story, very well written. I've never seen the film, but I understand it's different, more action-centered. Well, I like this version here. It's a novelette that reads a lot like a short story, with a great concept and a great deal of control where the author's concerned, since you just know the story feels and goes exactly like/where he wants it to.

    23. only 112 pages, so I hesitate to give it the 5 stars the actual tightly-written prose deserves 112 pages = very long short story? or very short novel? a 'novella' I suppose in any case, length seems to be the only criterion calling for less than full honors.Minority Report turned into a Tom Cruise vehicle, made a nice visual movie which just about dealt with the concepts at stake-- although PKD's real accomplishment was the speculation on police/military and police-military relations that the ex [...]

    24. 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. Tha [...]

    25. This book is so much smarter than the movie. The movie has the dramatic tension surrounding a "minority report" among the precogs and it is about their fallibility. The book focuses on the time paradox involved in someone who gets advance knowledge of the judgement of the precogs because of his position with the police, with the precogs considering different time frames and his reacting to having that information, which is far more interesting.

    26. this is NOT your movie version of Minority Report. it is well different and well better constructed. a good story.

    27. In this story, a special police unit known as PreCrime is able to predict a crime even before the criminal plans to commit it. Claiming complete accuracy with this technique, this unit tracks down the individuals named by their team of precogs and sends them to a detention camp so that they are unable to commit the crime that they clearly would have. PreCrime Commissioner John Anderton founded the unit and has spent his career proving its efficiency and results. Until his name appears on the lis [...]

    28. First of: this is probably the ideal movie tie-in. A film was made based on a short story from a writer who isn't widely read, so they made a selection of his short stories for new readers, based on nothing but what the editor thought were his best work.And they are amazing. Philip K. Dick is always lauded for his innovative ideas, which are on full display here, and which never seem to stop. One story, about a marriage between two different species of aliens, contains a short bit about how one [...]

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