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Robert Sheckley


USA (1928 - 2005)
Father of Alisa Kwitney

aka Finn O'Donnevan

SF writer Robert Sheckley died on the 9th December in Poughkeepsie, New York, at the age of 77. One of the field's great humorists, Sheckley was a prolific short story writer beginning in 1952 with titles including "Specialist", "Pilgrimage to Earth", "Warm", "The Prize of Peril", and "Seventh Victim", collected in volumes from Untouched by Human Hands (1954) to Is That What People Do? (1984) and a five-volume set of Collected Stories (1991). His first novel, Immortality, Inc. (1958), was followed by The Status Civilization (1960), Journey Beyond Tomorrow (1962), Mindswap (1966), and several others. Sheckley served as fiction editor for Omni magazine from January 1980 through September 1981, and was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001. Sheckley was hospitalized earlier this year in Ukraine, then recovered sufficiently to return to the US, though he was unable to attend the World SF Convention in Glasgow where he'd been scheduled Guest of Honor.
 
Series contributed to
Alien StarswarmAlien HarvestAliens Omnibus Vol 3: Alien Harvest / Rogue
 
The Planet of the Bottled Brains
 
The Laertian Gamble
 
A Call to Arms
 
Anthologies edited
After the FallThrillers
 
Non fiction
Futuropolis
 
Anthologies containing stories by Robert Sheckley
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 4th Series (1955)
Six and the Silent Scream (1958)
Spectrum (1962)
Best SF 5 (1963)
Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales (1963)
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1966)
Tomorrow's Children (1966)
New Worlds of Fantasy (1967)
     aka Step Outside Your Mind
This Day's Evil (1967)
The Future Makers (1968)
Legends for the Dark (1968)
Best SF: 1969 (1969)
     aka The Year's Best Science Fiction 3
Robert Silverberg's Worlds of Wonder: Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction (1969)
A Sea of Space (1970)
A Wilderness of Stars (1970)
Partners in Wonder (1971)
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1973)
Nova 3 (1973)
     aka The Outdated Man
Space Opera (1974)
The Best from Galaxy, Volume III (1975)
Tales of Terror From Outer Space (1975)
Best SF: 1974 (1975)
     aka The Year's Best Science Fiction 8
The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction (1977)
Trips in Time: Nine Stories of Science Fiction (1977)
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (1978)
Anticipations (1978)
Science Fiction of the Fifties (1979)
The Science Fictional Solar System (1979)
After the Fall (1980)
A Century of Science Fiction 1950-1959 (1981)
The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981)
The Golden Age of Science Fiction (1981)
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (1984)
Machines That Kill (1984)
Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century (1987)
Robots (1989)
Quest to Riverworld (1993)
The Norton Book of Science Fiction (1993)
Christmas Forever (1993)
Deals with the Devil (1994)
Reel Future (1994)
Angels of Darkness (1995)
Peter S Beagle's Immortal Unicorn 2 (1995)
Tales of the Batman (1995)
New Legends (1995)
Peter S Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (1995)
Year's Best SF (1996)
The Ultimate Super-Villains (1996)
Cyber-Killers (1997)
The Flying Sorcerers (1997)
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998)
Don't Open This Book! (1998)
Dangerous Vegetables (1998)
My Favorite Science Fiction Story (1999)
Moon Shots (1999)
Bangs and Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World (1999)
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999)
Civil War Fantastic (2000)
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction 4th SeriesSix and the Silent ScreamSpectrumFifty Short Science Fiction Tales
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and FantasyTomorrow's ChildrenNew Worlds of FantasyThe Future Makers
Legends for the DarkBest SF: 1969Robert Silverberg's Worlds of Wonder: Exploring the Craft of Science FictionA Sea of Space
A Wilderness of StarsPartners in WonderThe Penguin Science Fiction OmnibusNova 3
Space OperaThe Best from Galaxy, Volume IIITales of Terror From Outer SpaceThe Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction
Trips in Time: Nine Stories of Science Fiction100 Great Science Fiction Short Short StoriesAnticipationsScience Fiction of the Fifties
The Science Fictional Solar SystemAfter the FallA Century of Science Fiction 1950-1959The Giant Book of Horror Stories
The Golden Age of Science Fiction100 Great Fantasy Short Short StoriesMachines That KillGreat Science Fiction of the 20th Century
RobotsQuest to RiverworldThe Norton Book of Science FictionChristmas Forever
Deals with the DevilReel FutureAngels of DarknessPeter S Beagle's Immortal Unicorn 2
Tales of the BatmanNew LegendsPeter S Beagle's Immortal UnicornYear's Best SF
The Ultimate Super-VillainsCyber-KillersThe Flying SorcerersThe Playboy Book of Science Fiction
Don't Open This Book!Dangerous VegetablesMy Favorite Science Fiction StoryMoon Shots
Bangs and Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World100 Hilarious Little HowlersCivil War Fantastic
 
Short stories
Aspects of Langranak
Doctor Zombie and His Little Furry Friends
Down the Digestive Tract and Into the Cosmos with Mantra, Ta
Game: First Schematic
The Impacted Man
Keep Your Shape
Love, Incorporated
Notes on the Perception of Imaginary Differences
Pas de Trois of the Chef and the Waiter and the Customer
Plague Circuit
The Same to You Doubled
Spy Story
Starting from Scratch
Tailpipe to Disaster
Tripout
Cost of Living (1952)
Fear in the Night (1952)
Untouched By Human Hands [short story] (1952)
The Altar (1953)
Ask a Foolish Question (1953)
Beside Still Waters (1953)
Feeding Time (1953)
Fishing Season (1953)
Fool's Mate (1953)
The Hour of Battle (1953)
The King's Wishes (1953)
The Monsters (1953)
The Perfect Woman (1953)
Restricted Area (1953)
Seventh Victim (1953)
Shape (1953)
Specialist (1953)
Warm (1953)
Watchbird [short story] (1953)
Wild Talents, Inc. (1953)
The Academy (1954)
The Accountant (1954)
The Battle (1954)
Carrier (1954)
Hands Off (1954)
Something for Nothing (1954)
Hunting Problem (1955)
The Lifeboat Mutiny (1955)
A Ticket to Tranai (1955)
All the Things You Are (1956)
Bad Medicine (1956)
The Native Problem (1956)
Pilgrimage to Earth [short story] (1956)
The Skag Castle (1956)
The Deaths of Ben Baxter (1957)
Ghost V (1957)
The Language of Love (1957)
A Wind Is Rising (1957)
The Gun Without a Bang (1958)
The Humours (1958)
The Minimum Man (1958)
The Prize of Peril (1958)
If the Red Slayer (1959)
Immortality Inc. (1959)
Pousse Cafe (1959)
Prospector's Special (1959)
The Store of the Worlds (1959)
Triplication (1959)
Meanwhile, Back at the Bromide (1962)
Shall We Have a Little Talk? (1965)Nebula (nominee)
Budget Planet (1968)
I See a Man Sitting on a Chair, and the Chair is Biting His Leg (1968) (with Harlan Ellison)
The Petrified World (1968)
Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? [short story] (1969)
Cordle to Onion to Carrot (1969)
The Cruel Equations (1971)
The Mnemone (1971)
Zirn Left Unguarded, the Jenghik Palace in Flames, Jon Westerley Dead (1972)
The Robot Who Looked Like Me [short story] (1973)
Welcome to the Standard Nightmare (1973)
End City (1974)
What Is Life? (1976)World Fantasy (nominee)
Silversmith Wishes (1977)
Is That What People Do? [short story] (1978)
Good-Bye Forever to Mr Pain (1979)
The Shaggy Average American Man Story (1979)
The Future Lost (1980)
The Last Days of (Parallel?) Earth (1980)
The Helping Hand (1981)
The Shootout in the Toy Shop (1981)
The Swamp (1981)
The Eye of Reality (1982)
Five Minutes Early (1982)
The Future of Sex: Speculative Journalism (1982)
Miss Mouse and the Fourth Dimension (1982)
The Life of Anybody (1984)
'Juleeeeeeeeeeen!' (1986) (with Jay Sheckley)
Message from Hell (1988)
Death of the Dreammaster (1989)
Love Song from the Stars (1989)
The Joker's War (1990)
Diaghilev Plays Riverworld (1993)
A New Christmas Carol (1993)
Devildeal (1994)
The Day the Aliens Came (1995)
A Plague of Unicorns (1995)
Mayhem Party (1996)
Emissary from a Green And Yellow World (1998)
The Three Cigars (2000)


Awards
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1959) : Immortality Inc
Nebula nominee (1966) : Shall We Have a Little Talk?
World Fantasy Best Short story nominee (1977) : What Is Life?


Robert Sheckley recommends
The Wall Around Eden
The Wall Around Eden (1989)
Joan Slonczewski
"Somber, beautiful, compelling reading. I couldn't put it down."



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