Store of the Worlds by Robert Sheckley

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Knowingness was a big part of Sheckley's appeal. He saw through the clichés of sci-fi, as well as those of contemporary culture.
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An NYRB Classics Original

Robert 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 the most startlingly original of the twentieth century. Today, as the new worlds, alternate universes, and synthetic pleasures Sheckley foretold become our reality, his vision begins to look less absurdist and more prophetic. This retrospective selection, chosen by Jonathan Lethem and Alex Abramovich, brings together the best of Sheckley’s deadpan farces, proving once again that he belongs beside such mordant critics of contemporary mores as Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and Thomas Pynchon.
 

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Robert Sheckley lives in Portland, Oregon. He is one of the great living writers of SF and fantasy, and is well-known as an author of detective fiction. He is distinguished by a bright, witty, pyrotechnic prose style and a portrayal of humorous absurdities in his fiction. He has been writing since the 1950s, and is the author of more than forty books, many of which have been translated worldwide.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by NYRB Classics. 416 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

Editors Lethem and Abramowitz provide an insightful introduction but otherwise let the individual stories stand on their own...in Sheckley’s case, it only helps highlight the timelessness of his ideas.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Shippey on May 25 2012

Knowingness was a big part of Sheckley's appeal. He saw through the clichés of sci-fi, as well as those of contemporary culture.

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Open Letters Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Danziger

Sheckley understood that there’s a slender line between despair and hilarity, and to watch him maintain the fragile balance is one of the great underrated pleasures in American literature.

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Book Forum

Excellent
Reviewed by Ed Halter

...Sheckley’s work is unabashed termite art...Taken in aggregate, Sheckley’s stories delve into an even more profound nihilism, positing an amoral chaos underlying the materialist universe, a sublime negation of any and all values.

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Strange Horizons

Excellent
Reviewed by John Clute on May 21 2012

...the task on hand was to capture the Robert Sheckley who rode the zeitgeist into the August 1952 Galaxy and stayed there, and of whose best stories...tell us what we've lost...and what we've gained...

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Raging Biblioholism

Good
Apr 28 2012

An excellent introduction to one of, if not the, fathers of modern science fiction...it’s an examination of how we’re becoming exactly what our forefathers we afraid we might.

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Muse at Highway Speeds Blog

Good
Reviewed by Anna Perleberg on May 01 2012

...great gotcha moments...Even though you see them coming, they're still delightful--and often not quite the twist you expect.

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Mike Ettner's Blog

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Reviewed by Mike Ettner on May 18 2012

Your reward as a reader is not the quality of his prose. Your reward will be to enjoy the playfulness of a fertile mind — a mind delivering ideas sometimes antic, mostly sardonic.

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