The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 4: Minority Report

The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 4: Minority Report

Philip K. Dick James Tiptree Jr. / Feb 19, 2020

The Collected Stories of Philip K Dick Volume Minority Report A fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas The IndependentThe fourth volume of the definitive five book set of the compl

  • Title: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 4: Minority Report
  • Author: Philip K. Dick James Tiptree Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781857989472
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas The IndependentThe fourth volume of the definitive five book set of the complete collected stories of the twentieth century s greatest sf author covers a wide span, from late 1954 through to 1963 Those were the years during which Dick began writingA fitting tribute to a great philosophical writer who found science fiction the ideal form for the expression of his ideas The IndependentThe fourth volume of the definitive five book set of the complete collected stories of the twentieth century s greatest sf author covers a wide span, from late 1954 through to 1963 Those were the years during which Dick began writing novels prolifically and his short story output lessened The title story of this collection is being made into a Steven Spielberg movie of the same name, while The Days of Perky Pat inspired one of Dick s greatest works, the novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldridge The Penultimate Truth grew from The Mold of Yancy Philip K Dick is shown at his incomparable prime in this stunning collection.An elusive and incomparable artist Ursula K Le Guin He stamped himself not only on our memories but in our imaginations Brian AldissCover Illustration Chris Moore.Contains AutofacService CallCaptive MarketThe Mold Of YancyThe Minority ReportRecall MechanismThe Unreconstructed MExplorers WeWar GameIf There Were No Benny CemoliNovelty ActWaterspiderWhat The Dead Men SayOrpheus With Clay FeetThe Days Of Perky PatStand ByWhat ll We Do With Ragland ParkOh, To Be A Blobel

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      • Philip K. Dick James Tiptree Jr.

        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.


    1. 18 classic PKD stories from 1955 to 1964, including:- Autofac - 4/5 - post-apocalyptic Earth with automated factories running out of control- Service Call - 4/5 - the trouble with Swibbles- Captive Market - 4/5 - time-travel commerce has a nice twist at the end- The Mold of Yancy - 4/5 - we're not long from the day when this story is non-fiction- The Minority Report - 4/5 - interesting to see a more action-oriented PKD story- Recall Mechanism - 3/5 - PKD is occasionally fascinated with precognit [...]

    2. 4.0 to 4.5 stars. Five really good stories are included in this collection. Please note that I listened to the audio version of this collection and I am not postive that all of the stories listed below are contained in the print version.1. The Minority Report: An excellent story that has some significant differences from the movies version (which I also thought was very good) 2. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale: Almost completely different in tone and content than the movie "Total Recall" o [...]

    3. You don't need to know a whole bunch (or anything at all) about the amazing worlds that Phillip K Dick has created in his mind, and as long as you can keep an open mind, you can immerse yourself in this fantasy future right off the bat. You don't need to know about Archimedes to follow the story of the (always) male protagonist, and the backstory of the character or plausibility of this future doesn't hinder his storytelling. Each tale is filled with twists and turns, and it's a total pageturner [...]

    4. PKD seems a little more accessible in the short-story format; I adore the guy's books, but they can be difficult reads. I usually have to let my brain unwind with some literary candy fluff after an encounter with him, but this collection didn't have that effect on me at all. A lot of the stories in this collection had a Twilight Zone-ish twist, and unlike most short story collections, the quality of 90% of the included stories was really solid.

    5. My Philip K. Dick Project #8Whereas the first three volumes of short stories all spanned barely a years worth of time, this collection chronicles the nine year period between 1954 and 1963. This is the period when Dick’s career as a novelist took off and the up to that point insane rush of short stories slowed to a trickle. As such, this book has quite a different feel than the previous collections. (As an aside, since the next book on the project list was written in ‘55, we’ll be sort of [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. From notes for each story by PKD included at the end of the book, these are about "The Unreconstructed M":If the main theme throughout my writing is, "Can we consider the universe real, and if so, in what way?" My secondary theme would be, "Are we all humans?" There is really no theoretical upper limit to this. Once you have mentally opened the door to the reception of the notion of -fake-, you are ready to think yourself into another kind of reality entirely. It's a trip from which you never r [...]

    8. I prefer Dick's Long-form writing. His whole Idiom is based around a hefty mistrust of reality and everything it stands for. His writing can also be viewed as a conveyor belt of dotty but brilliant ideas. When you put these things together into one extended narrative you get a scenario that drifts between weird, often conflicting ideas and consequently expounds upon this representation of reality as something unstable and untrustworthy. For me, the most brilliant, revelatory parts of any Dick no [...]

    9. autofac - 3/5 a little odd story about people trying to break automated factories by making them war against one anotherrvice call - 3/5 a nice story about a swibble and the possible visitor from the futureptive market - 3/5 an excellent wee story about a women selling goodse mold of yancy - 3/5 the minority report - 4/5 very good short storyrecall mechanism - 4/5 very short story that reminded me of Eye In the Sky or Ubik except the different realities were one persons. Nice ending thats made m [...]

    10. A mix of 5, 4, and 3 star stories. Enjoyed some a lot and others not so much. Not as strange as I thought they might be. If you read about Philip K. Dick you'll find that he had mental problems at times.

    11. I think I finally have to admit, after reading all 5 volumes of Philip K. Dick's short stories, that he really isn't a very good writer. After all, he was writing mainly for science fiction pulp magazines in the 1940's, 50's and 60's which were read by 12 year old boys and a bunch of science fiction geeks. The writing, the words chosen, the descriptions are austere and utilitarian. Dick used just what he had to to get his ideas across.As I have pointed out, someone smokes in almost every story. [...]

    12. Si ha y una colección de cuentos que deben leeer de Philip K. Dick es esta, aunque hay algunos que son bastante offbeat, las ideas contenidas en estos relatos superan por mucho al tercer volumen.Dick se siente mucho más acostumbrado a su universo y una cosa que me encanta de sus cuentos es que puede hacerte creer muy fácilmente en un universo bastante complejo con solo unas cuantas palabras y por supuesto hay ideas muy interesantes en cada relato, tardaría mucho en describirlas todas (y prob [...]

    13. There are quite a few short stories in here. I made it a little more than halfway through and lost interest then I had to turn it back into the library. it's less confusing to read one at a time and let them sink in a little. I think most of these stories were originally printed individually in sci-fi magazines. This was my intro to Philip K Dick and his clever and shockingly possible dreams of the future. Even if you are not much into sci-fi (I must admit that I am very much a fan of the genre) [...]

    14. I first sought out this book because I had read that the film Minority Report was based on a short-story of the same name. These stories have been bundled together into a collection, of which I've read the fourth volume.This book scared me, especially with short stories such as "The Days of Perky Pat" and "Autofac" which are about post-apocalyptic societies and how humans deal with the aftermath. "Service Call" might be one of my favourites, probably due to the fact that it deals with time-trave [...]

    15. Technically, I would say 3 1/2. Philip K. Dick seems to reprise the same themes so much in this collection it gets a bit repetitive. Namely, a post apocalyptic future, and some form of machinery that is out of control. Many of the ideas are quite clever, but they feel too off the cuff, like they were spit out in a few words and not developed any further. That might be a sign of the times, and I had the same problem with a book of short stories I recently read by Richard Matheson, whose work I no [...]

    16. I had read a little bit of science fiction before reading this collection of stories, but nothing had prepared me for how devastating they were. They say Philip K Dick was paranoid in real life; this paranoia runs through all his works, giving us these masterpieces. The first two stories in the collection, Autofac and Service Call set the chilling tone. Both are stories of humanity losing control. You think that the stories couldn't possibly get better, but they do, again and again. What sort of [...]

    17. A really great collection. Although lots of science fiction from that era starts feeling outdated and awkward, it is not at all difficult to transpose the main points and deeper issues to things occurring now. Part of the strength, I think, has to do with Dick's facility with dialog (both expressed and internal) and that rather than being overly concerned with technologies, the stories more often revolve around the impacts of those technology on humanity, and those concerns remain even as techno [...]

    18. I enjoy Sci Fi to an extent. I'm a big Philip K. Dick fan as well, and I can't figure out how they were able to make so many movies based off of his short stories.Best story by Philip K. Dick also is my favorite movie based of said book; the book was called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and the movie that was based off the book is Blade Runner, best sci-fi movie evar!

    19. Phillip K. Dick is known for his novels, but I think his short stories far surpass his longer books. Fine enjoyable stories for a bus-ride or a morning snack or what have you.

    20. A slack handful of Dick's short and shorter stories including a couple that have had further lives as films, TV adaptations etc. There's quite a lot of inventive stuff here but reading several together makes it obvious how much this is fiction of mid twentieth century america. There are few women with any character, most are either ciphers or domestic drudges, their only characteristic worth describing being the voluptuousness or otherwise of their figure. And the smoking! It seems Dick was unab [...]

    21. 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 might be headed toward! And, of course, I really e [...]

    22. La biblioteca de Almería cuenta con estas cuatro ediciones de los cuentos completos de Phillip K. Dick. De la I a la IV, pero no la V. Tras terminar este libro decidí no buscar el quinto, sino esperar, dejarlo en la reserva para no terminar de golpe con esta magnífica serie. Ahora (junio 2017) ha llegado el momento de leerlo por fin.

    23. "Service Call", "The Minority Report", "War Game", "Waterspider", "What the Dead Men Say", or "Oh, to Be a Blobel!" shouldn't miss from any SF reader's background.Remaining stories in this collection are your above-average latter-period PKD typical works.

    24. A lovely collection, Dick short work is as witty and thematically dense as his novels, with impressive plots and characters for such fleeting pieces. Another solid example of short scifi.

    25. A pretty decent anthology of Dick's work, but to be honest I was ready for it to be over when I finished it. Still, I am glad I read it.

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