The official tie-in to the new John Woo blockbuster
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago, but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub', in 1952. Among his many fine novels are The Man in the High Castle; Time Out of Joint; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said. Several of his stories and novels have been made into major Hollywood movies.
The moral and the atmosphere of the recent Paramount Pictures film Paycheck differ significantly from those in the original short story performed here-a fact obscured by the movie-poster packaging and one that might confuse listeners. Jennings, a mechanic, signs on at Retherick Construction, agreeing to be paid richly on the condition that his memory will be wiped clean of everything he did after he completes his two years of service. When he awakes, his memory erased, he discovers that he had declined the money in favor of seven seemingly random items which he must use to avoid the Special Police, who are investigating Retherick Construction. Narrator Dullea does a fine job of evoking the story's tension as well as Jennings's puzzlement over his situation. However, he lends the story's one female character a saccharine, whispery voice that detracts from the narration. Although this audio adaptation may please fans of the movie who are interested in seeing how the original story has been altered for the silver screen, those looking for an introduction to the author's works would do better to pick up the collection on which this audio is based, Paycheck: And Other Classic Stories. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.