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I was introduced to Robert Sheckley some time ago as a very surreal and edgy author whose works left you feeling like like your mind had been through a washing machine on spin cycle. This collection of fairly early short stories is different. The edginess feels missing in a lot of these stories -- they seem more 'gentle' than some of his other work. This is in no way a bad thing, but it wasn't what I was expecting and surprised me. However, some observant jabs at capitalism and taking trends to ...more
Unless you are Douglas Adams, humorous science fiction is kind of a thankless task. Sheckley wrote many excellent SF stories that are often very funny, long before Adams came along, and this collection contains many of his best efforts.
One of science fiction's great humorists, Sheckley was a prolific short story writer beginning in 1952 with titles including "Specialist", "Pilgrimage to Earth", "Warm", "The Prize of Peril", and "Seventh Victim", collected in volumes from Untouched by Human Hands (1954) to Is That What People Do? (1984) and a five-volume set of Collected Stories (1991). His first novel, Immortality, Inc. (1958), ...moreMore about Robert Sheckley...