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Book Title: Minority report (I)|
The author of the book: Philip K. Dick
Date of issue: 2015
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”’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.
‘If the system can survive only by imprisoning innocent people, then it deserves to be destroyed. My personal safety is important because I’m a human being.’”
If you think about someone who looks the exact opposite of Tom Cruise, you will know what John Allison Anderton looked like in Philip K. Dick’s mind.
With wives like Lisa, who needs enemies?
John Allison Anderton’s day begins with the arrival of a snot nosed kid by the name of Ed Witwer. He has been assigned to Precrime to eventually replace Anderton whenever he decides to retire. The system is based on three Precogs who can foresee the future. They are able to see a crime before it is committed. When two or more agree, it is called a majority report, but if one disagrees with the other two, that is a minority report. Anderton designed the system, but even he has some qualms about the validity of what they do.
”’So the commission of a crime itself is absolute metaphysics. We claim they are culpable. They, on the other hand, eternally claim they’re innocent. And, in a sense, they are innocent.’
‘In our society we have no major crimes, Anderton went on, ‘but we do have a detention camp full of would-be criminals.’”
When Anderton pulls the latest cards from the Precogs and finds his name among them, stipulating that he is going to kill someone next week he doesn’t even know, he knows that he is being framed. He has no choice but to go on the run and hide until the week has passed and, in the process, prove the error of the forecasting, but if he does that, he also proves the system is flawed. There are people who most definitely don’t want that to happen. He soon finds he can’t trust anyone, and maybe the very person he trusts the least is his only hope at discovering and exposing the truth.
There are obviously differences between the short story and the movie. I enjoy both and don’t have a problem that Steven Spielberg deviates and updates the concepts that Philip K. Dick came up with in 1956. Spielberg embraces the technological advances that have occurred in the last 46 years and is able to anticipate more accurately what the near future would look like. I caught just about ten minutes of the movie the other day and stopped watching it because I realized I was way overdue to watch the complete movie again, but it did remind me that I’d never read the original inspiration for the movie. For those who are fans of the movie, you will meet a different world in the short story, but what always fascinates me is how the original story influences a director, an artist, or another writer, and therefore escapes the boundaries of the creator.
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Read information about the authorPhilip 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.
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