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The People Trap

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  17 reviews
7 The People Trap (1968)
27 The Victim from Space (1957)
45 Shall We Have a Little Talk? (1965)
69 Restricted Area (1953)
86 The Odour of Thought (1953)
98 The Necessary Thing (1955)
110 Redfern's Labyrinth (1968)
116 Proof of the Pudding (1952)
124 The Laxian Key (1954)
135 The Last Weapon (1953)
144 Fishing Season (1953)
159 Dreamworld (1968)
169 Diplomatic Immunity (1953)
Mass Market Paperback, #6881, 204 pages
Published December 1968 by Dell
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Ben Loory
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's probably good that robert sheckley is dead, because if i ever met him, i'd probably just start screaming WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS!?!?!?? WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS!??? WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS??!?? WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS!?!?!???? and that would be embarrassing.

Lanigan screamed. He screamed while people gathered around and looked at him (but didn't do anything or become anything), and then a policeman came, as he was supposed to (but the sun didn't change shape once), and then an
Pam Baddeley
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
Malcolm Morris
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
These stories remind me of Asimov's short stories, and I dislike them for the same reasons.
The four I read all followed the same formula: a mildly tedious improbable build-up to a mildly surprising 'twist' ending.
Life's too short and there are too many good books to read to waste my time on this stuff.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readable but inconsistent. "Shall We Have A Little Talk?" is the best story here. "The Victim from Space" and "The Laxian Key" were pretty good, the others fairly average. Often the set-up is quite intriguing (as in "Diplomatic Immunity" and "Restricted Area") but the resolution is disappointing.
Oleg Gerdy
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Цікаві ідеї, зокрема про мову
Patrick Scheele
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box-1
Short sf stories are all about a big idea and/or a twist ending. The stories in this book are quite readable, but not very memorable. The ideas aren't big enough for that.
Oleksij Bunyk
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
З творчістю Роберта Шеклі мені вперше вдалось познайомитись в вигляді оповідання "Координати чудес" і вона мені не надто сподобалась. На перший погляд там був абсурд заради абсурду, що трохи відлякало мене. Але коли мені попалось нова збірка оповідань Шеклі українською - я вирішив спробувати ще раз. І я ні разу не пошкодував, бо оповідання цікаві, веселі, а головне передають ідеї, до яких сам не додумаєшся.

Ідеї в оповіданнях чимось нагадують Лема чи Бредбері, але загалом вони не схожі ні на що,
Fourteen satiric, sometimes comic short stories by an author who made his name with them. All but one of these was written in the mid-1950's. One indication of quality SF is how well it survives the test of time. I recently read collections by Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury, and these don't hold up as well. They lack the scientific detail of Clarke and the literary writing of Bradbury. They also suffer from common 1950's SF tropes. There are hardly any female characters, the universe is full ...more
Greg Frederick
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Sheckley. This book is a collection of short stories. Some were better than others, but they were all enjoyable in different ways. There were a few that had the same two characters, which reminded me very much of the iRobot stories. I really enjoyed reading these stories just for the fact that they are from the early days of sci-fi, when it only took a single idea or concept to create a story. Sometimes the stories are cerebral and cause one to question certain ...more
Alastair Hudson
Another collection of light and imaginative short stories. All showing their age now and firmly fixed in 70's but still good reading.

The stories all take a surreal or absurdist premise and explore some of the possibilities around this. In reflection they would work equally well outside of the 'science-fiction' genre but are most easily accepted in this way. Whilst none have the same credentials as a Jorge-Louis Borges tale I can see them sitting next to each other on the same shelf... Sheckley's
Barry Haworth
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a soft spot for the works of Robert Sheckley, especially his shorter fiction. Sheckley writes a wonderful mix of humour, satire and highly imaginative world building.

This collection is one of the first of his I read, which I am revisiting after many years.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's so different from everything else on my reading list and the stories are so weird and delightful. This is even the edition/cover I have, picked up at a second-hand bookstore on vacation.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better collections of Robert Sheckley short stories.
Ramon Yáñez lópez
No hay como Sheckley para demostrar que en 20 pgs o menos se puede contar una historia.

Para cuando una re-edicin de sus historias cortas?
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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), ...more