Philip K. Dick – “Nanny”

“When I look back,” Mary Fields said, “I marvel that we ever could have grown up without a Nanny to take care of us.”

(from Paycheck and other classic stories by -)

Nanny is a very nice story. Funny. Yet very powerful. The competitive business landscape is pushed to us by and for the corporations. Through them, we live their quest for market domination.

Philip K. Dick – “The Great C”

He was not told the questions until just before it was time to leave.

(from Paycheck and other classic stories by -)

This one will lend in my newest top 5 of Philip K. Dick’s short stories! A must read for all A.I. developers.

Who else links this story to Terminator’s Skynet and to Grey‘s Big Mama and Little Mamas?

Now, do you have a difficult question?

A really difficult one?

Philip K. Dick – “Paycheck”

All at once he was in motion.

(from Paycheck and other classic stories by -)

This is a *great* story. It is very close to the reality. At least on the depiction of companies in this world.

Jennings was very clever and even ends up beating the bad guys at their own games. The plot is nicely constructed and to story is robust.

It is a pity that the plot was altered so much when they made a movie out of it. (will be the subject of another post.)