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  • Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 – December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist,...


  • Marvin Goodman thinks he has discovered an unknown paradise and buys “A Ticket to Tranai.” What starts as Utopia ends up becoming a death trap. The twelve other stories included in this collection are “The Mountain Without a Name,” “The ...


  • In “Sarkanger,” Gregor and Arnold of the AAA Ace Interplanetary Decontamination Corporation take on an extermination job on Sarkan. Things get surprisingly complicated when the target vermin start arguing about who should be wiped out. The te...


  • In “Gray Flannel Armor,” a man named Hanley finds perfection in a rigidly regular structure of social interaction -- including for romance -- and devises a system that the whole of humanity adopts. The eleven other stories in this collection a...


  • In “Diplomatic Immunity,” what happens when an alien ambassador arrives, telling the residents of Earth that they will be joining a galactic union whether they like it or not -- and the ambassador is unkillable? The thirteen other stories in t...


  • In “Pilgrimage to Earth,” on a long-desired trip to the home planet, a young man finds a perfectly developed society and, finally, deep, true love -- which, sadly, only lasts for a very limited time before the reset button removes all trace of it...


  • In “Fool’s Mate,” it takes a crazy man and a set of fake orders to break a deadly battle stalemate in deep space. The ten other stories in this collection are “Prospector’s Special,” “The Girls and Nugent Miller,” “Meeting of the...


  • In “The Prize of Peril,” everyone lives on . . . because when someone is about to die, the emergency squad is always there to bring that person back -- whether he or she wants it or not. The seven other stories in this collection are “The Hu...






  • "Untouched by Human Hands" consists of thirteen stories of beings who dwell on the strange borders of reality. Some of these stories tell of people you know or of events that might happen but haven't yet. Some will take you to the furthermost reaches...


  • It’s the twenty-first century and the ugliness of war no longer exists, except on a very personal level. Nowadays, people like Marcello Polletti, seller of Roman sunsets, and Caroline Meredith, lithe, beautiful, blond, and backed by corporate spons...


  • Take a look at a dark, deadly future where the game is hunting and the result is killing, human to human, with status, money, power, and sex as the prizes. The operation runs underground and Frank Blackwell is a new recruit who is destined to change ...


  • The Journey of Joenes, also published as Journey Beyond Tomorrow, tells the tale of a picaresque journey through an imagined future taken by a naive and innocent man unprepared for the wonders and oddities he encounters. Sheckley examines the present...


  • Minotaur Maze is Robert Sheckley’s modern take on the myth of the Minotaur. It is a tour de force of imagination, fantasy, and creative confusion. Through brief chapters running from “How Theseus Got His First Mintoauring Job” to “I Hate to B...


  • Tom Mishkin is piloting another routine supply flight when he hears an unusual noise and gets the distressing news: He’s about to be stranded on a backward planet and forced to hike across unknown and probably hostile terrain to find a cache of spa...


  • One of the best futurist writers ever imagines an international detectivea professional risk taker working outside government, law, and orderand takes him on an adventure to what may as well be an alien planet as he goes on a mission into deepest Ira...


  • Description Notice: This Book is published by Historical Books Limited (www.publicdomain.org.uk) as a Public Domain Book, if you have any inquiries, requests or need any help you can just send an email to [email protected] This book is...


  • Salvatore commands the battleship Endymion. He's seen his share of battles and fought them bravely, too. So he doesn't hesitate when beautiful Princess Hatari pleads for his help. She wants to regain her throne, but it may be more than Salvatore can ...


  • Robert Sheckley was one of the most interesting science fiction authors of the 50’s and 60’s. While he wrote in the same language of aliens and spaceships as many of his contemporaries, he used his works as a mirror in which he showed us a reflec...




  • THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A NEW ARRIVAL ON OMEGA AVERAGED THREE EARTH YEARS Barrent had been tried, convicted, and memory-washed on Earth - an Earth strangely altered and stratified by fear of the radical and non-conformist. Now he was serving his sente...



  • When Gelsen entered, he saw that the rest of the watchbird manufacturers were already present. There were six of them, not counting himself, and the room was blue with expensive cigar smoke. As a watchbird manufacturer, he was a member manufacturer o...





  • An NYRB Classics OriginalRobert Sheckley was an eccentric master of the American  short story, and his tales, whether set in dystopic city­scapes, ultramodern advertising agencies, or aboard spaceships lighting out for hostile planets, are among th...


  • “Absolutely impossible,” declared Professor Carver.“But I saw it,” said Fred, his companion and bodyguard. “Late last night, I saw it! They carried in this hunter—he had his head half ripped off—and they—”“Wait,” Professor Carve...













  • Will Barrent had no memory of his crime . . . but he found himself shipped across space to a brutal prison-planet. On Omega, his only chance to advance himself - and stay alive - is to commit an endless series of violent crimes. The average inmate's ...




  • In the future, interstellar travel to alien worlds will be too expensive for most ordinary people. It certainly is for Marvin, a college student who wants to take a really good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford, a mindswap, in which...



  • His career has spanned more than 40 years, and run the gamut from mind-bending science fiction to celebrated fantastic parody, and everything in between. Seventeen stories covering Sheckley's output from his beginnings to his most recent work forms t...


  • in 30th Anniversary DAW: Science Fiction
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    Such masters of the Science Fiction genre as Tad Williams, Brian Aldiss, Frederik Pohl, Kate Elliot, C.J. Cherryh, and Julie E. Czerneda contribute all new, original pieces of short fiction to this commemorative volume honoring DAW Books thirtieth ye...


  • "When the time comes to choose your target, be sure to pick the right one. Because you will only get one shot . . ."The Shadow War is long over, and the Interstellar Alliance--presided over by former Babylon 5 commander John Sheridan--is about to cel...


  • Arthur Fenn is an ordinary young professor with an esoteric specialty, Comparative Mythology. He is in financial trouble and suddenly finds himself in possession of a magical spell that allows him access to the realm of the gods. He may be a professo...


  • The owner of the Alternative Detective Agency, Hob Draconian, embarks on an investigation that takes him to Paris, London, and the island paradise of Ibiza in search of a powerful new narcotic, a quest that leads to a deadly confrontation with kidnap...


  • Ex-hippie Hob Draconian returns to New York, where his only plans are to finalize his divorce and get the $10,000 he needs to pay off his mortgage, but he ends up in an adventure that could get him arrested or killed...


  • Participating in an unusual game as a means of gaining an attractive alien's attention, Dr. Bashir is horrified when each of his plays set off a disaster somewhere in the Federation and the alien culture will not let him stop. Original....


  • ALIEN TREASURE: A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE This time the humans are taking the offensive! Stan Myakovsky is a once-famous scientist fallen on hard times. Now he dodges spaceship repo men and dreams of the marketability of his cybernetic ant. Then a woma...







  • Thomas Blaine remembered the car accident that killed himand then he woke up in the hospital. A nurse told him where he was. You'd call it being in the future. A future where bodies are sold to the highest bidder as new homes for the minds of the ric...


  • in Arrival

    A.D. 1995 An American pilot flies a suicide mission against an enemy Space Defense Platform to save the world from nuclear war. Anthony "Buck" Rogers blasts his target and vanishes in a fiery blaze of glory. A.D. 2456 The legend of Buck Rogers liv...



  • KILL OR DIE! In the future, the Hunt has become humanity's perfect way to control human aggression. Anyone with the killer instinct can register for the Hunt and be computer-matched alternately as Hunter and Victim, stalking an opponent till the ult...




  • King Dramocles rules his planetary kingdom in comfortable peace until a necromancer arranges a thirty-year recollection of the king's destiny--a process that reveals mysteries and wonders and draws the king and his kingdom closer to complications and...


  • “If the Marx Brothers had been literary fantasists, they would have been Robert Sheckley.” —Harlan Ellison   In “The Robot Who Looked Like Me,” a busy man and a busy woman find a way to carve out time to romance eac...



  • All secret agents need to look out for William Nye, now known as Agent X. His recruitment was simple and his legend is brilliant but unearned. Somehow, he thinks he's the best there is, and we all know how pride goeth before a fall. The master of SF ...




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    A hapless Earthling must find his way home through a universe of absurdities in this science fiction romp from a Hugo and Nebula Awardnominated master. New York civil servant Thomas Carmody has never been particularly lucky. Imagine his surprise w...


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    When people talk about getting away from it all, they are usually thinking about our great open spaces out west. But to science fiction writers, that would be practically in the heart of Times Square. When a man of the future wants solitude he picks ...


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    "Of course," said Mr. Pathis, Carrin's Account Executive from th AE company that supplied -- well, everything, everything the family bought or needed, "we would not want to deprive you of necessities, which in any case is fully protected by the laws ...


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    From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Rediscover—or discover for the first time—a maste...


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    The space freighter Queen Dierdre was a great, squat, pockmarked vessel of the Earth-Mars run and she never gave anyone a bit of trouble. That should have been sufficient warning to Mr. Watkins, her engineer. Watkins was fond of saying that there are...


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    "The President has put me in charge of your case," Cercy said. "I've studied Professor Darrig's reports—" he nodded at the scientist beside him—"but I'd like to hear the whole thing for myself." "Of course," the alien said, lighting a cigarette. ...


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    Something had gone wrong when they'd loaded the ship, and the rations hadn't quite lasted long enough to make the outbound end of the uranium prospecting trip. Then they found an abandoned world, and landed the ship on an old warehouse facility . . ....


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    He had realized, only seconds ago, that he was in love with her.Well, he'd tell her. The evening would be memorable. He would propose, there would be kisses, and the seal of acceptance would, figuratively speaking, be stamped across his forehead.Not ...