In "The Minority Report," a special unit that employs those with the power of precognition to prevent crimes proves itself less than reliable. This story was the basis of the feature film Minority Report.
In, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," an everyguy's yearning for more exciting "memories" places him in a danger he never could have imagined. This story was the basis of the feature film Total Recall.
In "Paycheck," a mechanic who has no memory of the previous two years of his life finds that a bag of seemingly worthless and unrelated objects can actually unlock the secret of his recent past, and insure that he has a future. This story was the basis of the feature film Paycheck.
In "Second Variety," the UN's technological advances to win a global war veer out of control, threatening to destroy all of humankind. This story was the basis of the feature film Screamers.
And "The Eyes Have It" is a whimsical, laugh-out-loud play on the words of the title.
©1987 The Estate of Philip K. Dick; (P)2001 and ©2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.
This is a really nice collection of sci-fi short stories, which have also been adapted into movies. Each shows Philip K. Dick's mind-bending ideas, albeit in a dated style. My only real complaint is it is hard to find where stories start.
FYI: 0:00:00 -- Minority Report; 1:30:14 -- We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (Total Recall); 2:23:43 -- Paycheck; 3:46:35 -- Second Variety (Screamers)
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The short stories of Phillip K. Dick are a fascinating glimpse of one man's vision of various futures. They are definitely quirky and very non-Hollywood. If you expect neatly wrapped up happy endings, these stories are not for you. The reader Keir Dullea is excellent. If I'm not mistaken, he is an actor who is most famous for playing Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey. He brings the various characters to life, imbuing them with individual personalities. I highly recommend this title.
This audiobook is GREAT! And it's all because of Dick's imagination. The reader is so-so (some of his characterizations bugged me) so I can't give it a 5 star rating, but the reader is the only thing that holds me back. If you wondered where great sci-fi movies like: Minority Report, Total Recall, Screamers, and Paycheck came from, here it is. Dick is the master and these shorts are great fun. My favorite was Paycheck. I haven't seen the movie but I am sure the short story is a thousand times better! Good listen!
This series of short stories captivated me. All of them were thought provoking and yet not too "heavy". The type of stories the old series "Twilight zone" were - always favorites of mine. After seeing the movie "Minority Report" it was especially interesting to listen to the original.
I found the wonderful thing about this writer is he gets your mind going. I had already seen the movie Minority Report (Tom cruise) and was very impressed. The book is based on the same theme but a different story with a very different ending. If you have seen the movie you will love listening to this book - the movie will not have spoiled it for you. His stories were all entertaining educational and well worth the time spent on it.
This is a fascinating look at short stories that were perverted or realized with varying degrees of success (and fidelity) by translation into movies. Most stories are quite entertaining, but dated in their "future tech" and also in the sociental attitudes implicit in Dick's writing. All in all, an enjoyable, if not deeply moving read.
If they had made the true story of the ‘Minority Report’ into a movie it would have flopped. Gee what would Tom Cruise do? The truth is I like this story better than any movie and its better. The second story was ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’ which was the basis for ‘Total Recall’. Which all I can say is it’s different from any movie. It’s nice to see where they came up with ‘Total Recall’. As soon as I heard the beginning of ‘Paycheck’ I thought of the Ben Affleck movie called ‘Paycheck’. Hearing this story the movie Ben Affleck makes more sense. I like this version better and it’s better and shorter. The next is ‘Second Variety’ and it was the basis for the movie ‘Screamers’. Which was a good 80’s movie. The original story is great! I love it without all the Hollywood mumbo jumbo in it! It’s too bad they tried to ‘enhance it with their ‘magic’ because it ended up ruining the story. The Eyes Have It - Just sit back and laugh!
Say something about yourself!
This collection of short stories is simply amazing. I like to buy books without reading the reviews first and this time it payed off huge! Minority Report is great by itself but then to discover the short story version of Total Recall and Paycheck was such a amazing surprise. I have a feeling I will be checking out more work my Phillip K. Dick
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
These are great short stories, better than the movies by far. 2nd variety was my favorite!
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