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Pilgrimage to Earth is a collection of science fiction short stories by Robert Sheckley. It was first published in October 1957 by Bantam Books (catalogue number A1672) and already reprinted a month later.

It includes the following stories (magazines in which the stories originally appeared given in parentheses):
"Pilgrimage to Earth" (Playboy 1956/9; also known as "Love,
Mass Market Paperback, #A1672, 190 pages
Published November 1957 by Bantam Books (first published October 1957)
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George K.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ωραία μίνι συλλογή διηγημάτων, από τις εκδόσεις Απόπειρα. Τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2011 είχα διαβάσει το "Πλανήτης Ωμέγα" (The Status Civilization στο πρωτότυπο), ένα πραγματικά ψυχαγωγικό και απολαυστικό περιπετειώδες μυθιστόρημα επιστημονικής φαντασίας, με μόνο παράπονο το μικρό του μέγεθος. Από τότε δεν θυμάμαι να είχα διαβάσει κάποια άλλη ιστορία του Σέκλεϊ (μυθιστόρημα ή νουβέλα σίγουρα όχι, διήγημα ίσως σε μια από τις τόσες ανθολογίες που υπάρχουν). Τέλος πάντων, έμεινα και πάλι ικανοποιημένος. ...more
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title story is very good. The hero, after diverse adventures, has finally reached Earth. It's the only planet in the Universe where they have this mysterious phenomenon called "love". He's read all about it, and he knows the theory: the magical feeling as your eyes meet across the room, that first, heart-stopping kiss, passionate nights when you feel your bodies melt into one, walking along the beach with your arms around each other. In short, he's swallowed the whole romance section at your ...more
Ben Loory
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
apparently sheckley wrote over 400 stories. which is good news, seeing how i can't stop reading them. they're really just so wonderful. it's kind of like discovering p.g. wodehouse. only a wodehouse who's writing for the twilight zone and star trek and about working class americans and scientists (all these stories pre-date the twilight zone and star trek, btw, being written in the early 50s). most of the stories are essentially jokes, centered around logical contradictions (usually ...more
Peter Tillman
Classic collection of some of Sheckley's 1950s stories. Most of them are now out of copyright. Links here:
-- though not, sadly, my favorite, the title story, first published in Playboy magazine in 1956. My copy is pretty beat-up. If you see a cheap copy, might be worth buying it for the stories that remain in copyright.
Erik Graff
Aug 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sheckley fans
Recommended to Erik by: Rick Strong
Shelves: sf
Sheckley is more consistently funny and outrageous than most science fiction writers who attempt such things.
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun as usual. Sheckley is a delight to read. I just do not get bored with his poking fun at humanity.
Mark Pearson
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the funniest collection of short stories I have ever read.
Jeremy Sovereign
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice little collection of 50’s sci-fi with a humorous bent. The stories were mostly futuristic where space travel is common, robots and machines have some sort of intelligence, or at least funny limitations of logic. Some stories were in a future time with I guess dystopian societies.
Aug 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
If you like silly science fiction, find all the AAA Ace stories by Sheckley and read them. They are priceless. His other stories are fun, too, but the AAA Ace ones are classics.
Patrick Gibson
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been mining 50's & 60's SciFi authors for the past year -- most are good, some are brilliant; this falls into the later category. Trust me.
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Χαριτωμένες προσεγγίσεις σε ενοχλητικά θέματα. Δυστυχώς δείχνουν και τα τέσσερα (Το Ματ του Τρελού, Το κόστος διαβίωσης, Μορφή, Προσκύνημα στη Γη) την ηλικία τους.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fifteen stories taken from the pages of Galaxy, Playboy, and other magazines from 1955 and 1956. Quirky aliens, faulty technology, a society that measures everyone's sanity, a future Earth where everything is possible and nothing is denied - including love. In general a fair representation from the golden age though most of the stories are dated. Of interest is the title story where a rube from off-planet visits Earth in search of romance; "The Trap" - an alien entices a couple of humans with a ...more
John Fletcher
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book of sci-fi stories. It makes me want to gather a collection of stories predicting a future that never came- that is, there are some interesting stories about alien first contact gone wrong and one about spacesuit technology with major glitches. Well thought out, entertaining read.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-long-ago
Robert Sheckley's short stories and novels are one reason why I was a sci-fi addict for decades. This is a great collection of tales.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I really liked the first half of the collection. The second half has some "duds." All the stories, however, are readable and witty. Irony and amusement. Although, the story "Fear in the Night" is a little too disturbing for some readers. Everyone else (general readership and science fiction fans) should really enjoy this collection. My favorite story is probably "Milk Run," because at heart, I do love pulpy science fiction stuff.

The last two stories in the group are from the AAA Ace "series"
After enjoying the tight and clever stories in “Citizen in Space” this collection more-or-less bored me. There are a few gems, though, in particular “Bad Medicine” (which can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg, if anyone’s interested) and – the strongest story of the collection – “The Asylum,” which foreshadows Philip K. Dick in a big way.
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of SF short stories by an (IMHO) overlooked author of the late Golden Age of Science Fiction. He reminds me a lot of Theodore Sturgeon in terms of the twist endings, but Sheckley is a bit darker than Teddy the Fish. Unfortunately, the stories tend to blend together a bit after a while, at least in my mind.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
A collection of very light, funny stories from an era of sci-fi long gone. No more, no less. No big ideas, no fantastic concepts, no convoluted story lines; just the perfect read for a breezy summer.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scifi oldie. Cuentos de los de antes.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every novel has something new and gripping, something that pulls you in with speed of light.
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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