"Minority Report" is a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick first published in 1956. It is about a future society where murders are prevented before they happen through the efforts of "Precogs", three extraordinarily advanced individuals who can see the future. more...
The story looks at the paradoxes and alternate realities that are created by their precognition when the chief of police intercepts a prediction that he is about to murder a man he has never heard of.
Like many time travel stories, "Minority Report" raises the question of the existence of free will.
A movie, Minority Report (2002), starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg, was very loosely adapted from the initial storyline of this short story.
A video game based on the movie was published in 2002 by Activision: see Minority Report: Everybody Runs.
Text of "Minority Report"
- Philip K. Dick: Minority Report (Gollancz: London, 2002) (ISBN 1857987381 or ISBN 0575074787) (contains nine short stories by Dick, including most of those that were adapted into movies.) (Also released in audio book form containing only five stories, read by Keir Dullea.)
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