Paycheck

Paycheck Electronic engineer Jennings cannot remember the last two years working for Retherick Construction His payment is a bag of clues and essential aids for his future quest for the truth code key ticket

  • Title: Paycheck
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 225
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  • Electronic engineer Jennings cannot remember the last two years working for Retherick Construction His payment is a bag of clues and essential aids for his future quest for the truth code key, ticket stub, receipt, wire, half a poker chip, green cloth scrap, and bus token The Special Police pursue, and he is on the run for his life.

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  • Philip K. Dick

    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.

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  • First published in Imagination (June 1953), “Paycheck” is a science fiction classic. Although not strictly a tale of time travel (it is really a tale of time “retrieval”), it present as genuinely original idea of how other time periods might be utilized to affect the present. What makes it such a classic story, however, is that it communicates a revolutionary concept (“time scooping”) through an exciting, straightforward narrative an almost fairy tale purity.Computer “mechanic” J [...]


  • Ticket for a RidePaycheck is an early story by Philip K. Dick, written in 1952 and published one year later, and while it is clearly meant to entertain its readers with its Hitchcockian “innocent man on the run” motif, only to be slightly marred by its jarring pat ending, it also has a somewhat prophetic quality.Our protagonist, an engineer called Jennings, has just finished a two-year employment with athe mysterious company Rethrick Construction and instead of the huge payment he has been e [...]


  • Paycheck ist eine Reihe von 12 Kurzgeschichten von Philip K. Dick, von denen nur 8 wirklich gut sind. Wenn Ihr das Buch bereits daheim habt, ist es durchaus mit 3,5 Sternen zu bewerten und lesesenswert, wenn nicht, gibt es eine weitaus bessere Alternative für Euch: Besorgt Euch "Der unmögliche Planet", eine Sammlung von 30 der besten Kurzgeschichten Dicks, denn bis auf zwei Geschichten sind alle guten Stories dieses Buches auch dort versammelt und noch viel mehr guter Stoff als Draufgabe. Aber [...]


  • Read as a part ofMinority Report and Other StoriesI have watched the movie of the same name that's based on the premise in this short story, but I only vaguely remember it now. It wasn't the best of movies and I think it might have been due to a similar issue as this story: it's hard to have tension when you know that every step the protagonist makes has already been planned for. While it was fun having the protagonist figure everything out, it was just hard to feel worried for him knowing from [...]


  • Read as part of Minority Report and Other Stories.Another short that had a movie based on it. First published in 1953.I think one has to understand with these shorts that not a lot of time is spend on developing characters. There is a plot, and limit time to get through it.With Paycheck (don't think I've actually seen the movie) there were quite a few twists, which was nice. The whole short reads like a puzzle. And that is exactly what it is.Very enjoyable.


  • I needed something quick to listen to on the way home from work. I was so surprised by how awesome this was. I got wrapped up in the story immediately. It was a fun and exciting read. Great if you want something short and fun. I love science fiction so this was perfect!


  • It always amuses me when I hear people talking about Philip K. Dick movies. They often assume, usually incorrectly, that he was able to foresee this amazing future and they stand in awe of his prescience. The Minority Report was a good example. After seeing the movie, I heard several people talking about how amazing it was that Dick imagined such advanced computer technology way back in the 50s and 60s, never realizing that the computers in the original story actually generated punch-cards and w [...]


  • This is a very short story, so it will be a short review. Paycheck is clear, clean writing. It actually fits in quite comfortably with The Minority Report by PKD as both deal with the ability to see events that have not occurred yet. I suppose the technology in Paycheck exceeds that in Minority as they are also capable of "reaching" into the future, not just observing it from the past. The book was a little dry. Anachronisms littered the story like punchcards in a modern data center (terrible). [...]


  • I didn’t realise this was a collection of short stories until I had a peek at the copyright page and saw that every chapter was copyrighted in a different year. But no, of course they were all individual works.Short story collections, in an ideal world, would be thematically consistent and perhaps ultimately come together in some enlightening way. Let’s take a look one story at a time then, and see what we can glean…PaycheckI actually thought there was going to be an ultimate twist in this [...]


  • “Paycheck” (written on July 31, 1952 and first published in the June 1953)***Jennings, a talented electronic engineer, has accepted a secret contract with Rethrick Construction. The terms of the contract state that he will work for two years on a secret project after which he will have his memory of the time erased and will be paid an inordinate sum.The trinkets that Jennings received as payment are as follows:A length of fine wire (allows him to short out and open the door of a police car) [...]


  • This short story is incredibly dense. It comes off as proto-cyberpunk in the sense that corporations or state-police are the character's only two options. But, they thing that really resonated with me, aside from the haunting universe of contracting away years of your life with no memory, was the theme of the main character loving himself and being his own best friend. 5-stars, highly recommended.





  • Contrived, but cute. The brevity saves it from inducing more eye rolls. Worth a read for established fans of classic science fiction, but not likely to bring others into the fan club.



  • A collection of short stories, most notable thanks to the release of the Ben Affleck version of Paycheck, the book, now titled Paycheck, holds 12 stories, all of which are very enjoyable reads:Paycheck, the story of Jennings, a mechanic who lost two years of his life and memory to a company, left without pay but with several items, the keys of the story.Nanny, a story about corporations, competition, greed, and having the best of the best, at any cost. Pretty good resemblance to today’s sociol [...]


  • I loved this book. So good. It's like 1992 pizza hut buffet. I'm shelving all of my other books and reading everything I can get my hands on by Philip K Dick.


  • This felt like a paycheck book. A story to keep the gears grinding and filler for better stories to shine against. Jennings as a character is wet and unsympathetic. It's hard to empathise with him, largely because the jeopardy of the Security Police is not well crafted. There is much telling, and little showing and it lessens the effect of the single, overriding force that drives him and creates (or is supposed to create) suspense in the story. Hitchcock did it better, making the jeopard abundan [...]


  • At the beginning I wondered why this hadn't been made into a Jason Bourne-esque action thriller yet. During the middle I changed gears and thought it was going to become a parable on fate and the foibles of man attempting to act as God. When the end came, I was disappointed. Nonetheless, I enjoyed a few choice dystopian quotes:“They're teaching the schoolchildren to inform, now. But we all saw that coming.”“The big economic forces had managed to remain free, although virtually everything e [...]


  • 3.75 Stars out of 5 StarsI first went into this story not knowing the author or the movie. As soon as the plot started, I knew I was going to like it and I was right. Set in the future, to a time where what seems to be a totalitarian government reigns, a man wakes up to find that he's worked two years for a company without remembering even a second of it. What's more puzzling to him is that he declined the 50,000 payment and accepted a bag of common objects as payment instead and he can't reme [...]


  • stou embasbacada com esse conto até agora. E percebi que uma das coisas que me causa estranheza nele é que não estou acostumada a forma como ele manipula o tempo, presente e futuro. Acho que estou mais acostumada com a noção, dentro da ficção científica, que um viajante do tempo que altera o passado não constrói uma nova história para si mesmo, mas se ‘apaga’ ou dá margem à criação de um universo alternativo.Aqui, a manipulação do tempo já está prevista e é absoluta. Voc [...]


  • When mechanic Jennings completes his contract with Rethrick Construction, he learns he turned down a fortunate for a number of trinkets. Since his memory of the two years he served with Rethrick has been erased, he has no idea why he gave up the his paycheck. When the secret police come for him, they do not believe he has "forgotten" two years of his life and everything he knew about Rethrick. As Jennings realizes the trinkets are helping him escape from complex situations, he realizes the only [...]


  • Just because of the super sexist last line in the book, my rating dropped to 2 stars. Overall the story was enjoyable, less than the movie version in my opinion, but still very creative. As with other stories by Philip K. Dick, I wish the story had more tension. It just lacks that adrenaline rush you need when you read a story like Paycheck or Minority Report. Nevertheless, I commend the author for his visionary ideas and for his flawed protagonists. Even with the sexist remark at the end of the [...]


  • I saw the film version of this one before reading the story so I knew more or less what to expect. I love the idea of objects from the future helping someone get along in the present, guiding them along to a foreseen outcome. It's mystery and action rolled up together, typical weekend blockbuster. I think the film actually did a better job in some ways, but probably primarily because it updated some of the computer systems and such to appeal to a more recent audience. The ending was a little odd [...]


  • Did you know that Henry Aaron struck out 1,383 times. Ha, some Hammering HankThis is not one of Phillip K. Dick's home runs. It is just awful but it is mercifully short. It is from early in his career and fortunately, he got better.No, it is not quaint. Even (or perhaps especially) for 1952, the idea of corporations and governments being great forces of opposition is just plain ludicrous. Yes there are some concepts worth exploring here but this is a swing and a miss in a hall of fame career. I [...]


  • This was a fairly good short story. I came upon it after I watched the brilliantly adapted movie with the same name and starring Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti and Michael C. Hall. The movie deviates largely from the plot of the book, but the basic idea has been derived from the short story. I think the movie was a fairly good adaptation of this story. Fans of this story should definitely check out the movie.


  • PKD novels always start off with ideas that make me think about how it translates to a modern idea/concept. In this story, Jennings has worked two years under contract as an engineer for a construction company. He isn't allowed to remember anything but he's paid well. This feels like how jobs go. especially for people in their mid 20s. Losing 2 years of your life for someone else so you can sustain yourself.The rest of the story is standard Dick. Solid and imaginative.I love Dick


  • A pretty good one, parts of it I didn't like, some I did. Some parts were predictable, some weren't. All in all it's not as good as some of Dick's other works. The book seems to have a very selfish motive, all so the main character could gain more power. It seems like his motives are pretty good, but they do seem to come off as a bit selfish. Also, bits of the story to come off as seeming a little bit cheap I guess. In conclusion, I think it was pretty okay.


  • There was nothing on the front cover, back cover, binding or title page to indicate this was a collection of short stories. I don't normally sift through the copyright page before buying a book, but I guess I should. I was quite disappointed to find out what I thought was going to be a novel ended abruptly after 42 pages and what I thought was the next chapter was a completely different story.


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