Store of the Worlds

The Stories of Robert Sheckley

By Robert Sheckley; Alex Abramovich (Editor); Jonathan Lethem (Editor)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590174944, 396pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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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.




About the Author
Robert Sheckley was one of the funniest writers in the history of science fiction. He did screwball comedy, broad satire, and farce. He could also be deadly serious, but he was always entertaining and always had something pointed to say about our world using the skewed versions of reality he created in his fiction. Starting in the early 1950s, he was an amazingly prolific short story writer, with a lot of his stories appearing in"Galaxy Magazine". He launched his novel-writing career with"Immortality, Inc"., which he followed up with a sequence of excellent books: "The Status Civilization", "Journey Beyond Tomorrow", and"Mindswap". He continued to produce novels and short stories in abundance until his death in 2005.

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JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of nine novels, including Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Gun, with Occasional Music.Dissident Gardens is his most recent novel.
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