The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick is a short story, so well worth reading. I gave it 4 stars because I’m not too keen on the style of writing, but I loved the idea. Initially I thought I would read The Man in the High Castle too, but my husband is reading it and not impressed with the style of writing either, so I’m going to miss that one. That being said, with a short story so short, it would be a shame not to read it and I highly recommend it.

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

I don’t want to give out any spoilers, so my review is going to be a very short one. Commissioner John Anderton is working in the Precrime System. This system uses precogs or people that have the power to see into the future and identify criminals before they can do anything. He is seen as the next criminal.

This is the blurb and I’m not going to say anything else about the story. The idea of identifying criminals before they did anything wrong and dealing with them while they are innocent is so intriguing. What is crime?! The idea or the act?! Is removing them a punishment? Are they innocent when they are punished? All these are fascinating topics, so for these reasons the novel should be read.

It was made into a movie, which I re-watched yesterday. The short story is so much better, is deeper, more to think about. The movie has some strange religious aspects in it for some reason. The ending is different and the story is, again, much better. Read the story, skip the movie!

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Pantheon Books
Year it was published: 2002 (first published in 1956)
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Fiction
Pages: 103

About the author: Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and died in 1982. He 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.
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4 thoughts on “The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick”

  • This is not the kind of film I would usually watch and enjoy, but I know I have seen it a couple of times, so it must have been good.
    As the book is such a short story, I shall probably give it a miss, as I might be a little disappointed, because the full length feature has obviously been ‘padded out’ considerably.
    We seem unable to punish people sufficiently who have actually committed terrible crimes, so perhaps the idea of ‘pre-crime’ detection might work in our favour?

    • The movie got the main idea, of pre-crime, but not the more subtle points, which is why I think the short story is so much better than the movie. The only issue was the writing dragged on a bit, but the rest was good.

    • For me his style is a bit slow, hence the 4 stars for a story I thought it was really interesting as a concept. I would have read more given the time, but I’m too busy with other books.
      I’m curious if you’ll like if, if you read it. The idea of pre-crime is fascinating.

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