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Robert Sheckley (1928–2005)

Autor(a) de Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming

379+ Works 11,002 Membros 183 Críticas 24 Favorited

About the Author

Image credit: Robert Sheckley, mid-1990s [source: John Henley]

Séries

Obras por Robert Sheckley

Dimension of Miracles (1968) 586 exemplares
Mindswap (1965) 573 exemplares
Immortality Inc. (1958) 519 exemplares
The Status Civilization (1960) 487 exemplares
If at Faust You Don't Succeed (1993) 467 exemplares
Journey Beyond Tomorrow (1962) 349 exemplares
A Farce to Be Reckoned With (1995) 332 exemplares
Untouched by Human Hands (1954) 321 exemplares
Citizen in space (1955) 311 exemplares
Pilgrimage to Earth (1957) 294 exemplares
The Laertian Gamble (1995) 284 exemplares
The 10th Victim (1966) 280 exemplares
Options (1975) 239 exemplares
The People Trap (1968) 219 exemplares
Crompton Divided (1978) 208 exemplares
Store of Infinity (1960) 196 exemplares
Alien Harvest (1995) 188 exemplares
Victim Prime (1987) 183 exemplares
Shards of Space (1962) 179 exemplares
Hunter/Victim (1988) 154 exemplares
Notions: Unlimited (1960) 135 exemplares
The Game of X (1965) 107 exemplares
After The Fall (1980) 95 exemplares
The Masque of Mañana (2005) 88 exemplares
The Robert Sheckley Omnibus (1973) 68 exemplares
The People Trap plus Mindswap (1981) 58 exemplares
Futuropolis (1978) 58 exemplares
Arrival (1989) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
The Alternative Detective (1993) 46 exemplares
Is That What People Do? (1984) 38 exemplares
Soma Blues (1997) 37 exemplares
Godshome (1998) 35 exemplares
Draconian New York (1996) 33 exemplares
Mai toccato da mani umane (1978) 31 exemplares
Watchbird (1990) 29 exemplares
White Death (1963) 23 exemplares
Bad Medicine (2010) 22 exemplares
Calibre .50 (1961) 21 exemplares
Seventh Victim [short story] (1953) 17 exemplares
La decima vittima (1965) 16 exemplares
Ask a Foolish Question (2011) 16 exemplares
The Store of the Worlds (1959) 16 exemplares
Ghost V [short story] (1957) 16 exemplares
Dead Run (1961) 16 exemplares
Thrillers (1994) 15 exemplares
Time Limit (1961) 15 exemplares
Diplomatic Immunity [novelette] (2010) 15 exemplares
Warm (2011) 15 exemplares
The Hour of Battle (2010) 14 exemplares
Shape (1953) 14 exemplares
A Ticket to Tranai (1955) 14 exemplares
Cost of Living (2010) 14 exemplares
Forever (2010) 13 exemplares
Beside Still Waters (2011) 12 exemplares
Divine Intervention (2014) 12 exemplares
Death Wish (2011) 12 exemplares
Minotaur Maze (1990) 12 exemplares
Skulking Permit (1954) 11 exemplares
Warrior Race (2011) 11 exemplares
Xolotl (1991) 10 exemplares
Live Gold (1962) 9 exemplares
The Leech (2010) 9 exemplares
Douces illusions : nouvelles (1978) 8 exemplares
The Man in the Water (1961) 8 exemplares
Specialist (1953) 8 exemplares
One Man's Poison (2011) 7 exemplares
Paraíso II (1960) 7 exemplares
Prospector's Special 6 exemplares
Maszyna Szeherezada 6 exemplares
Feeding Time [Short Story] (1953) 6 exemplares
AAA ASSO (2013) 6 exemplares
The Lifeboat Mutiny 6 exemplares
Short Fiction (2022) 5 exemplares
Bláznivý vesmír : povídky (2005) 5 exemplares
The Native Problem 5 exemplares
The monsters 5 exemplares
A Sheckley Trilogy 4 exemplares
The Perfect Woman (short story) (2011) 4 exemplares
What Is Life? (1976) 4 exemplares
Street Of Dreams Feet Of Clay (1968) 4 exemplares
Protection 4 exemplares
The language of love (1957) 4 exemplares
Hunting Problem 4 exemplares
Holdout (short story) 4 exemplares
Triplication 4 exemplares
The New Horla (2000) 4 exemplares
A Wind Is Rising [short story] (1957) 4 exemplares
Nesmrtelnost, spol. s r.o (1992) 3 exemplares
The demons 3 exemplares
Giardiniere di uomini 3 exemplares
Body Game (1980) 3 exemplares
The Skag Castle 3 exemplares
Uncanny Tales: Stories (2014) 3 exemplares
Fool's Mate [short story] (1953) 3 exemplares
The People Trap [short fiction] (1968) 3 exemplares
Endcity [Kurzgeschichte] (1974) 2 exemplares
Five Minutes Early 2 exemplares
Tu brules (1990) 2 exemplares
Užmiršti pasauliai 2 exemplares
LE ARMI DI MORTE 2 exemplares
The Joker's War 2 exemplares
Dawn Invader [short story] (1957) 2 exemplares
Sarkanger 2 exemplares
Shoes 2 exemplares
HOMBRE AL AGUA (1971) 2 exemplares
Squirrel cage 2 exemplares
Godzina próby 2 exemplares
Voyage To Eternity 2 exemplares
Ritorno nell'universo 2 exemplares
Adieu douleur 2 exemplares
L'epidemia (1967) 2 exemplares
The Trap 2 exemplares
Hands Off 2 exemplares
The Impacted Man (1952) 2 exemplares
The Eryx 2 exemplares
Potential 2 exemplares
Le Temps des retrouvailles (2022) 1 exemplar
La montagne sans nom (2015) 1 exemplar
"Pokhmel'e" 1 exemplar
Mevki Uygarlığı (2021) 1 exemplar
El Arma Definitiva (1977) 1 exemplar
هیولاها 1 exemplar
Mañana será así 1 exemplar
Tvekamp i kosmos 1 exemplar
Trampa svesti 1 exemplar
Mayhem Party 1 exemplar
Битва 1 exemplar
Тело 1 exemplar
Пиявка 1 exemplar
Бухгалтер 1 exemplar
The Homecoming 1 exemplar
Notions Unlimited 1 exemplar
Охотник 1 exemplar
Alien StarSwarm (2011) 1 exemplar
The Humours 1 exemplar
The Other Mars 1 exemplar
Sheckley Robert 1 exemplar
Sightseeing 2179 1 exemplar
Reborn Again 1 exemplar
The Quijote Robot 1 exemplar
Mirror Games 1 exemplar
Das 10. Opfer 1 exemplar
Stimmen [Kurzgeschichte] (1973) 1 exemplar
Agamemnon's Run 1 exemplar
Kenny 1 exemplar
Arnold & Gregor 1 exemplar
Opruimingsdienst 1 exemplar
Off-limits Planet 1 exemplar
Myryx 1 exemplar
Prize of Peril 1 exemplar
Lístek na Tranai (2004) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contribuidor — 886 exemplares
Foundation's Friends: Stories in Honor of Isaac Asimov (1989) — Contribuidor — 539 exemplares
The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy (1997) — Contribuidor — 503 exemplares
Partners in Wonder (1971) — Contribuidor — 462 exemplares
Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales (1963) — Contribuidor — 453 exemplares
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories (1993) — Contribuidor — 438 exemplares
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (1978) — Contribuidor — 406 exemplares
The Further Adventures of Batman (1989) — Contribuidor — 345 exemplares
Year's Best SF (1996) — Contribuidor — 340 exemplares
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contribuidor — 339 exemplares
Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves (1991) — Contribuidor — 292 exemplares
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Contribuidor — 282 exemplares
Year's Best SF 6 (2001) — Contribuidor — 276 exemplares
There Will Be War (1983) — Contribuidor — 268 exemplares
Space Opera (1974) — Contribuidor — 266 exemplares
Devils & Demons: A Treasury of Fiendish Tales Old & New (1991) — Contribuidor — 257 exemplares
Science Fiction: DAW 30th Anniversary (2002) — Contribuidor — 257 exemplares
Year's Best SF 8 (2003) — Contribuidor — 255 exemplares
Semiotext(e) SF (1989) — Contribuidor — 248 exemplares
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contribuidor — 247 exemplares
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 246 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury (1988) — Contribuidor — 246 exemplares
Robert Silverberg's Worlds of Wonder (1987) — Autor — 245 exemplares
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contribuidor — 242 exemplares
Alternate Presidents (1992) — Contribuidor — 240 exemplares
The Fleet (1988) — Contribuidor — 235 exemplares
The 1974 Annual World's Best SF (1974) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
The World Turned Upside Down (2005) — Contribuidor — 219 exemplares
Don't Open This Book! (1998) — Contribuidor — 203 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy (2001) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
Diplomacy Guild (1990) — Contribuidor — 200 exemplares
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse (2010) — Contribuidor — 197 exemplares
Tomorrow's Children (1966) — Contribuidor — 197 exemplares
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (1981) — Contribuidor — 195 exemplares
World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 (1969) — Contribuidor — 179 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of New Comic Fantasy (2005) — Contribuidor — 179 exemplares
New Legends (1995) — Contribuidor — 173 exemplares
Lord of the Fantastic: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny (1998) — Contribuidor — 169 exemplares
The Crafters (1991) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
A Science Fiction Argosy (1972) — Contribuidor, algumas edições163 exemplares
Counter Attack (1988) — Contribuidor — 161 exemplares
Great Tales of Science Fiction (1985) — Contribuidor — 159 exemplares
The Further Adventures of the Joker (1990) — Contribuidor — 155 exemplares
A Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (1995) — Contribuidor — 147 exemplares
12 Great Classics of Science Fiction (1963) — Contribuidor — 146 exemplares
Nova 2 (1972) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
Microcosmic Tales (1944) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
Treasures of Fantasy (1997) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
Body Armor/2000 (1986) — Autor — 142 exemplares
Alternate Kennedys (1992) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
Space Odyssey (1983) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
Reel Future (1994) — Autor — 134 exemplares
My Favorite Science Fiction Story (1999) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
Breakthrough (1989) — Contribuidor — 128 exemplares
Battlestations (2011) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Blessings and Curses (1992) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Spectrum (1961) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
The Fourth Galaxy Reader (1959) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder (1987) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn: Volume 2 (1999) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Dinosaur Fantastic (1993) — Contribuidor — 120 exemplares
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1955) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
The Future Makers (1968) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Nova 3 (1973) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Science Fiction (2002) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
The Third Galaxy Reader (1958) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Galaxy, Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Year's Best Fantasy 4 (2004) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Science Fiction of the 50's (1971) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
Prophets in Hell (1989) — Autor — 107 exemplares
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 19th Series (1971) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
Cyber-killers (1997) — Contribuidor, algumas edições106 exemplares
SF: The Best of the Best (1967) — Autor, algumas edições106 exemplares
Quest to Riverworld (1993) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
The Bradbury Chronicles: Stories in Honor of Ray Bradbury (1991) — Contribuidor — 104 exemplares
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (1953) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
Science Fiction Terror Tales (1955) — Contribuidor — 98 exemplares
Time Gate (1989) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Best SF: 1968 (1969) — Autor — 92 exemplares
The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2000) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
The Science Fictional Solar System (1951) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
Catastrophes! (1981) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Trips in Time (1977) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
Time to Come (1954) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
Best SF: 1971 (1972) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
Alternate Outlaws (1994) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
The Sorcerer's Academy (2003) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
SF: Authors' Choice 4 (1974) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
Bangs and Whimpers: Stories about the End of the World (1999) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
The Best of All Possible Worlds (1980) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 4th Series (1955) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
Science Fiction Discoveries (1976)algumas edições75 exemplares
Nova 4 (1974) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction (1986) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
The Spear of Mars (1980) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Decade: The 1950s (1978) — Autor — 69 exemplares
The Vintage Anthology of Science Fantasy. (1966) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Deals with the Devil (1994) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
The City, 2000 A.D: Urban Life through Science Fiction (1950) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Dangerous Interfaces (Time Gate, Vol. 2) (1990) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
The War Years (1990) — Contribuidor, algumas edições62 exemplares
Contact (1963) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Civil War Fantastic (2000) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
New Worlds of Fantasy #2 (1970) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Moon Shots (1999) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humour (1982) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Second Science Fiction Megapack (2011) — Autor — 53 exemplares
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Alpha 8 (1977) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
TV:2000 (1982) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Science Fiction Contemporary Mythology (1978) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Men Writing Science Fiction As Women (2003) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
The Century's Best Horror Fiction: Volume 2 (2011) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Alpha 7 (1977) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Anthropology Through Science Fiction (1974) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Rotten Relations (2004) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Amazing Stories: 60 Years of the Best Science Fiction (1985) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Explorations of the Marvellous (1976) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Introductory Psychology through Science Fiction (1974) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces (1983) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Best SF: 1973 (1974) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 18th Series (1969) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
The Dead Astronaut (1971) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Dangerous Games (2007) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Alpha 9 (1978) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Portals of Tomorrow (1954) — Autor — 36 exemplares
Fantasy: The Best of 2002 (2003) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction Predictions that Came True (2010) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Alien Worlds (1964) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Gateways (2005) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Best SF Five (1963) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ... (1974) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
You Bet Your Planet (2005) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Angels of Darkness: Tales of Troubled and Troubling Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
The Old Masters (1970) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Man Against Tomorrow (1965) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Christmas Forever (1993) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Escape to Earth (1963) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The Bedside Playboy (1963) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Fiend (1971) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
We, Robots (2010) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Gates to Tomorrow: An Introduction to Science Fiction (1973) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (2013) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Siege of Arista (1991) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Tales of Terror from Outer Space (1975) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Worst Contact (2015) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Back from the Dead (1991) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Future Wars . . . and Other Punchlines (BAEN) (2015) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Fremde aus dem All. Lübbes Auswahlband. Science Fiction-Geschichten. (1982) — Contribuidor, algumas edições14 exemplares
Future Media (2011) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Science fiction verhalen [1969] — Contribuidor, algumas edições13 exemplares
Social Problems Through Science Fiction (1975) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Overruled! (2020) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1973 November, Vol. 34, No. 2 (1973) — Contribuidor, algumas edições10 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1953 May, Vol. 6, No. 2 (1953) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Golden Age SF: Tales of a Bygone Future (2006) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1956 December, Vol. 13, No. 2 (1956) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Metropolis brennt. (1982) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 2 (2004) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Bruna Science Fiction Omnibus 2 (1969) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Things From Outer Space (2016) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Kopernikus 3 (1981) — Contribuidor, algumas edições8 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 February, Vol. 13, No. 4 (1957) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Terrors, Terrors, Terrors (1979) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Astounding Science Fiction 1953 05 (1953) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 November, Vol. 15, No. 1 (1957) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 May, Vol. 14, No. 1 (1957) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 April, Vol. 13, No. 6 (1957) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Marriage and the Family Through Science Fiction (1988) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 74 (1981) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Det sidste spørgsmål og andre historier (1973) — Autor, algumas edições6 exemplares
Science Fiction Stories 6 (1971) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
New constellations: An anthology of tomorrow's mythologies (1976) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Tomorrow, Inc.: Science Fiction Stories About Big Business (1976) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Fantastrenna — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Out of This World 7: An Anthology of Science Fiction (1968) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Omni Magazine February 1985 (1985) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Fantastic Universe October 1954 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Times 4: Four Science Fiction Tales — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine | January 1982 (1982) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Sanfter Schrecken (1997) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Robert Sheckley - Ein Autorenporträt (1980) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Hollywood Unreel: Fantasies about Hollywood and the Movies (1982) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Fantascienza Gamma, n. 14 (1967) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Barbee, Phillips
O'Donnevan, Finn
Lang, Ned
Data de nascimento
1928-07-16
Data de falecimento
2005-12-09
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
Causa da morte
brain aneurysm
Locais de residência
Maplewood, New Jersey, USA
Ibiza, Spain
Red Hook, New York, USA
Educação
Columbia High School
New York University (BA|1951)
Ocupações
science fiction writer
Relações
Kwitney, Alisa (daughter)
Organizações
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guest of Honour, Eastercon, UK (1978)
SFWA Author Emeritus (2001)

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Der Amerikaner Robert Sheckley, geb. 1928, gilt als einer der intelligentesten und humorvollsten Erzähler in der SF. Darüber hinaus schreibt er auch Krimis und Thriller. Bekannt wurde er vor allem durch seine Kurzgeschichten, von denen viele verfilmt wurden. Unter anderem lieferte Sheckley die Vorlagen zu Wolfgang Menges Fernsehknüller "Das Millionenspiel" und den Kinoerfolg "Das zehnte Opfer". (aus: Endstation Zukunft)

Membros

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Robert Sheckley--Will his work survive? em Science Fiction Fans (Março 2013)

Críticas

A worthless adventure parody. Not much else to say really. The prose is sufficient, but the story has absolutely no value. Trust me.
 
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MXMLLN | 7 outras críticas | Jan 12, 2024 |
A vintage paperback, collecting ten stories (in the UK edition) from the early to mid-1950s. Indeed, reading a slender A-format paperback (only 125 pages) was a pleasure in itself when compared with the somewhat inflated B-format books now so commonplace. I read through this in three sittings in the course of one day.

Sheckley was a master of the short form; I visualised some of these stories as Twilight Zone episodes, and indeed The Altar almost played itself out for me in black-and-white! Cost of Living has a timely warning on consumer debt.

A couple of the stories betray their age in their attitudes to women, but even then Sheckley undermines even a modern reader's expectations by giving female characters agency in sometimes surprising ways.

The title story is a classic where two spaceship pilots running short of supplies find themselves stranded in an alien warehouse full of food they cannot eat, with labels like "VIGROOM - FILLS ALL YOUR STOMACHS AND FILLS THEM RIGHT!" and "VORMITASH - AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS!".

Perhaps the stand-out story for me was Watchbird, where robot birds are deployed to predict murderous intent and prevent the crimes happening (a theme familiar from the "Precrime" in Philip Dick's 1956 novella - and [much] later film - Minority Report). But the robot birds have "learning circuits" and begin to learn human behaviour too well. This story could be almost contemporary - change some of the vocabulary to include the words "AI", "algorithm" and "drone", and a modern reader wouldn't turn a hair.

The collection ends with another classic, The Seventh Victim.

Many of the best of these stories have been reprinted since in other collections. but this is worth acquiring if you see a copy. And frankly, any Robert Sheckley is worth acquiring.
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½
 
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RobertDay | 8 outras críticas | Dec 12, 2023 |
A collection of the short fiction of Robert Sheckley, all of which appeared in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s. None are particularly memorable; all have some kind of twist, sometimes quite predictable, and a tone of wry humour.

The eponymous story is probably the weakest. It uses the idea, novel at the time, of a race where the prize is an acre of land in an overpopulated Earth. The goal is to reach the land registry office in New York which is supposedly a densely packed criminal underworld - as per the 1970s 'Escape to New York' starring Kurt Russell - but in the event is more like a pantomine landscape complete with heart-of-gold bandit chief's daughters. The final twist is probably the best part of the story.

One of the better stories, 'Restricted Area', tips over into fantasy but is quite amusing. There are three connected tales concerning the misadventures of two old friends who have set up a planetary decontamination business: two stories are about what happens when one of them buys an odd alien gadget, and the last is how they set out to decontaminate a planet which has a reputation for ghosts. Overall, a 2-star rating as nothing held my interest very well.
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kitsune_reader | 4 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
Libro assurdo e noioso. Non ho mai letto niente di Sheckley ma dopo questa prima lettura credo che non andrò oltre
 
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GabrieleSc | 11 outras críticas | Sep 23, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
379
Also by
209
Membros
11,002
Popularidade
#2,148
Avaliação
½ 3.6
Críticas
183
ISBN
529
Línguas
21
Marcado como favorito
24

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