The Status Civilization by Robert Sheckley
(Prologue Science Fiction)

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"Yes sir. Well, there are three men outside trying to kill me...."

"Quite right," Mr. Frendlyer said. "And today is Landing Day. You came off the ship that landed today, and have been classified a peon.... I'm happy to say that everything is in order. The Landing Day Hunt ends at sundown. You can leave here with the knowledge that everything is correct and that your rights have not been violated."

"Leave here? After sundown, you mean."

Mr. Frendlyer shook his head and smiled sadly. "I'm afraid not. According to the law you must leave here at once."

"But they'll kill me!"

"That's very true. Unfortunately it can't be helped. A victim by definition is one who is to be killed.... We protect rights, not victims."

Omega: Prison planet

Life Expectancy: Three years maximum

Most people are luckier than that....

 

About Robert Sheckley

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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 April 1, 2012 by Prologue Books. 158 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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