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My entire feeling after reading this book not once, but several times can be summed up as if only the recent lot of authors can dream of writing like this These stories are funny, poignant, serious, action packed, tight, and under all circumstances highly readable NESFA has done us, the lovers of science fiction the field has got really swamped by guys who are heavy on character building moods, at the expense of taut narratives and clean stories a huge favour by bringing out these ne My entire feeling after reading this book not once, but several times can be summed up as if only the recent lot of authors can dream of writing like this These stories are funny, poignant, serious, action packed, tight, and under all circumstances highly readable NESFA has done us, the lovers of science fiction the field has got really swamped by guys who are heavy on character building moods, at the expense of taut narratives and clean stories a huge favour by bringing out these neglected jewels collected between two handsome covers Highly recommended Classic SF humor. This is a great collection from a great SF writer Only a couple of stinkers in this one, which is remarkable considering how many stories are in here My favorites involve the AAA Ace guys, Arnold and Gregor Someone please tell me that Sheckley did a series of novels about them I could watch them in action all day long But there were a lot of other interesting stories in here, too If the STAR TREK writers weren t fans of Sheckley, I ll eat this book page by page A lot of stuff in here was This is a great collection from a great SF writer Only a couple of stinkers in this one, which is remarkable considering how many stories are in here My favorites involve the AAA Ace guys, Arnold and Gregor Someone please tell me that Sheckley did a series of novels about them I could watch them in action all day long But there were a lot of other interesting stories in here, too If the STAR TREK writers weren t fans of Sheckley, I ll eat this book page by page A lot of stuff in here was clearly lifted for that show, some 10 years before the first episode aired There are even Tribbles in this book They re called something else, but that s what they are There s even a moment when a ship s doctor says, I m a doctor, not a physician If only he d been talking to someone named Jim And if Stephen King never read The Prize of Peril, which has A LOT in common with THE RUNNING MAN, then I ll eat this whole computer There s a society in one of these stories in which it s customary to kill your wife after a certain period of time There s a story about a man with the most peculiar racist view you ll ever come across There s a group of future scientists who choose which time lines history will follow And of course there are a few first contact stories that are amazing There s a story about what might have happened if Dukakis won in 88 which is a question I ve never asked myself, by the way But my favorite is probably Prospector s Special, which is a maddening story of how exploration is constantly held up by red tape If you love old SF from the Fifties, and you don t have this book, you need to fix that Interesting mix of short stories in this Some disturbing, some funny, some just odd, mostly good reads This was a good book for reading over a long period of time, a few stories at a time, which is what I did. 45 short stories by the brilliant satirist, famous in Russia but almost completely forgotten in his native country Unfortunately, my favorite story of his, Watchbird , is not there I once stepped into a discussion in the Russophone blogosphere about whether the indigenous population of Kosovo are the Serbs or the Albanians I noted that no anatomically modern humans are indigenous to Europe since we all came from Africa The story Sarkanger makes it clear that wild cabbage predates both the 45 short stories by the brilliant satirist, famous in Russia but almost completely forgotten in his native country Unfortunately, my favorite story of his, Watchbird , is not there I once stepped into a discussion in the Russophone blogosphere about whether the indigenous population of Kosovo are the Serbs or the Albanians I noted that no anatomically modern humans are indigenous to Europe since we all came from Africa The story Sarkanger makes it clear that wild cabbage predates both the Albanians and the Serbs only two science fiction story writers have been able to surprise me on a regular basis The great Isaac Asimov was one Scheckley is the other, His stories display exceptional cleverness in both setting up and resolving the central conflicts, all with a twist that left me consistently wowed Examples In Ghost V, two intrepid planet explorers have run up against monsters borne out of their childhood imaginations, finding the only way to deal with them is to revert back to their childhood defe only two science fiction story writers have been able to surprise me on a regular basis The great Isaac Asimov was one Scheckley is the other, His stories display exceptional cleverness in both setting up and resolving the central conflicts, all with a twist that left me consistently wowed Examples In Ghost V, two intrepid planet explorers have run up against monsters borne out of their childhood imaginations, finding the only way to deal with them is to revert back to their childhood defenses.In The Language of Love, a smitten young man travels far to study with a guru on expressing the true depth of his feeling, only to find that precision would have unexpected resultsIn The Robot Who Looked Like Me, Sheckley subtly suggests that in delegating to machines the most basic of human activities, we lose a little of our humanity ourselves.These stories are excellent reads for that 20 30 minutes of in between time you might have in between appointments or on the train It will leave you with a sense of wonderment carried over long after you re done with the story I ve been a Sheckley fan since I was a kid getting into SF and I was thriled to be one of the people suggesting which of his short stories ought to be in this volume This really is a collection of his very best, including to my knowledge the only place to have all of his AAA Ace Interplanetary Decontamination stories If you love humorous SF and don t know Sheckley, this is the place to start. This is a great collection of sci fi stories that take place in galaxies far, far away Many are hilarious, and others force you to question humanity is this really what we re like I highly recommend it for everyone, but you should note that some of the stories seem a little repetitive many of the characters are reoccurring , but this is easily fixed by reading one story, switching to something else for a day or two, and then going back to it. {Read} ⚶ The Masque of Mañana Á This volume contains the major short science fiction of Robert SheckleyIntroduction by David G HartwellContains Leech Demons Fool s mate Monsters Seventh victim Shape Untouched by human hands Something for nothing Accountant Thief in time Battle Milk run Ghost V Laxian key Skulking permit Squirrel cage Lifeboat mutiny Necessary thing Citizen in space Ticket to Tranai Skag castle All the things you are Bad medicine Early model Pilgrimage to earth Native problem Language of love Deaths of Ben Baxter Wind is rising Gray flannel armor Holdout Prize of peril Minimum man Sweeper of Loray Triplication Store of the worlds Prospector s special Shall we have a little talk Sarkanger Dukakis and the aliens Wonderful, quirky collection of short stories Got me hooked to Sheckley, so I am collecting his other books Love his sense of humor which adds a nice twist to the endings of his short stories.