Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley

Store of the Worlds The Stories of Robert Sheckley An NYRB Classics OriginalRobert Sheckley was an eccentric master of the American short story and his tales whether set in dystopic cityscapes ultramodern advertising agencies or aboard spaceships

  • Title: Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley
  • Author: Robert Sheckley Jonathan Lethem Alex Abramovich
  • ISBN: 9781590174944
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley

    An NYRB Classics OriginalRobert 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 SheAn NYRB Classics OriginalRobert Sheckley was an eccentric master of the American short story, and his tales, whether set in dystopic city scapes, 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 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 s as Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and Thomas Pynchon.

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    1. Nicholas During

      I'm not much of a huge sci-fi fan but I thought this collection was awesome. Though many of the stories are formulaic, I suspect that they are really meant to be, since they were written for sci-fi pulp mags of the past, and although the reader quickly learns to expect the twist if reading this collection straight through, there is really a lot to get out of these weird tales. I won't bother to go into what I got out of them, except to say it is the best of the morality of sci-fi tales: a strang [...]

    2. Drew

      An excellent retrospective of Sheckley - an incredibly underrated and underknown early sci-fi writer - and his short fiction. Funny, moving, and incredibly prescient, he had a pulse on not the fantastic sci-fi of those who came after (although plenty of stories are indeed quite fantastic) but on the human side of the sci-fi equation. The people who go off to those planets, who create those machines, who do those things. There's real heart here and quite a lot of smart serious intense thought. We [...]

    3. Mattia Ravasi

      Video-review: youtu/7fYZt6QBH3EFeatured in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2016: youtube/watch?v=4X6OQA treasure chest of some of Sheckley's best stories, which means some of the best in Golden-Age science fiction. Goofy and over-the-top as some of these are, they are sheer fictional gold, the same way Creature From the Black Lagoon is goofy and perfect.Special mentions go to Warm, which is unbelievably postmodern AND came out in 19fucking53, to Beside Still Waters and The Store of the Wordls, which a [...]

    4. John Pappas

      While there are a few stand-out stories here ("Store of the Worlds", "Watchbirds", "Morning After" and "Shall We Have a Little Talk?") Sheckley's stories are best taken collectively as a study of the mid-twentieth century imagination and psychology. Taken together, they paint a technopessimistic view of the future, one in which humans readily give up moral, ethical and political duties in favor of ease and comfort. There are also many stories of first contact (mainly botched first contacts), tha [...]

    5. Mosy

      من فقط داستان کوتاه "بنگاه دنیا ها" رو خوندم، ولی این کتابی که دارم روش نظر میدم احتمالا مجموعه داستان کوتاه های این نویسنده هست.میتونی از این لینک کتاب رو بخونید:fantasy/news/story/the-تا حالا شاید بیشتر از 15 تا داستان کوتاه علمی تخیلی نخونده باشم، ولی بدون شک این یکی بهترینش بود. به نظر [...]

    6. Riju Ganguly

      Robert Sheckley is an author who has got neglected by the ‘mainstream’ media despite being one of the finest writers of 20th Century simply because he used to write stories & novels that the bigoted sneer at as ‘genre’ fiction. The book under review, although not quite as brilliant as the NESFA Press Collection “The Masque of Manana”, should be a splendid example in support of my aforesaid assertion, with its stories that would NEVER be dated simply because they deal with human e [...]

    7. Clare O'Beara

      I enjoyed this collection which brought together some stories I'd previously read and many I had not seen. They have common preconceptions - almost everything is told from a masculine point of view, which was the usual in the days when Bob Sheckely began writing but which we now find odd in a more balanced market. Although we have space travel, people back on Earth still read morning papers - not zines on a screen - and children still get mumps - no vaccines. Everyone will pick their own favouri [...]

    8. Amina Mirsakiyeva

      Прекрасная книга жанра фантастики! Хотя все рассказы и были написаны несколько десятелетий назад, я нахожу их довольно актуальными. Ведь что такое книги жанра фантастики? Это размышления над нашими мечтами и их последствиями. Сколько мы живем, столько мы ищем ответы, к чем [...]

    9. Luke

      Jeff Ford was very canny in suggesting Sheckley to me. I love his dry sense of humor about dark and complicated things. I bet he would have a been a fun guy to know. Some of the stories felt a little too much like builds to a punchline, but the best ones feel progressive and keenly observed in a way that's impressive, given that most of the stories are 50+ years old.Favorites:"Seventh Victim" - Society where murder for sport is allowed. Woman gets best of man through making him fall in love."The [...]

    10. Richard

      An enjoyable mix of great, good, and eh. Most of these short stories are engaging and chew-on-able, and frequently funny (though there are a few clunkers, including one overflowing with embarassingly dated hipster slang.) It's a long collection which definitely could have benefitted from some weeding. Still, when he's on, Sheckley is very clever at putting someone (usually an average guy, but often a story is told from an alien's perspective) in futuristic/alien setting to say something about th [...]

    11. Suzanne

      I read one short story by Robert Sheckley in a anthology, and decided I'd like to read more of him, and I'm glad I did. This was a great collection of stories. He writes with a lot of humor, with interesting and odd twists and with a generally light touch, but there are a few stories, especially the title story and the last story, that might bring you to tears. I would not call these stories strictly science fiction. They are more like a cross between sci-fi, O. Henry and the best kind of readin [...]

    12. Nicholas Hunter

      I had not heard of Scheckley until I received this book from the NYRB book club. The stories are clever, twisted, and outrageous. There's not a single dud in this collection.

    13. Tyler Jones

      Time to get back in touch with your inner nerd!You have to judge a book on it's own terms and to criticize a collection of stories that appeared in sci-fi pulp magazines of the mid-20th Century because they are "predictable and formulaic" is like saying Jazz is too "unstructured" and the Blues is "too depressing". Those who say they see the endings of these stories coming are, I think, fibbing a bit in an attempt at impressing strangers with their worldliness. Okay, sure, whatever. One of the ce [...]

    14. Brick Marlin

      This is the second book I have read by Robert Sheckley and I thoroughly enjoyed it! His books are really hard to find and hate it. The only way you can find his work is sifting through used bookstores (which are the very best to endeavor inside, right?) with the hopes of finding that lost treasure. I truly love Sheckley's work. He always gives such a visualization of his tales that grabs hold of your hand and relentlessly pulls you through the pages. If you think you know what will happen at the [...]

    15. Anatoly Sayenko

      Started to read this book because someone recommended "The Wind is Rising". It was a somehow pleasant dive into some old-fashioned sci-fi. While some stories (especially "Watchbird") look extremely naive these days, most of the stories are definitely worth reading, and some of them made me think, which is what I like good sci-fi for. From the top of my head, would recommend: "Double Indemnity", "Specialist" and "Seventh Victim".

    16. Brook

      Science fiction fans and short story loves unite! this collection iswonderfully human in its realization especially because all the charactersand settings are not. See how we are in the face of otherness!

    17. Sam Thielman

      This book was great. The stories are impeccably selected and laid out and some of them were so funny I just burst out laughing wherever I was. Highly recommended to pretty much anyone.

    18. Aaron

      Never read one of Sheckley's short stories, but I really fell in love with them. Sci-Fi and insight, social justice, and some plain creepiness. Think Twilight Zone.

    19. Anandaroop

      The best sort of science fiction are the ones that tell you a bit about people. They can be profound, prophetic and sweeping in scope like Solaris or Brave New World. They can also comprise little pieces that add up to illuminate a facet of the puzzle that is human nature. This collection of short stories is one of the latter. While many of the stories play on familiar sci fi tropes, Sheckley never ceases to be surprising. 4.5/5

    20. John Mount

      The amazing Robert Sheckley.I read this collection many years ago and was excited by the freshness of the stories. Returning to it about thirty years later was a refreshing experience. Sheckley's work is highly enjoyable and still fresh today.

    21. Debra B.

      Excellent! I'm so glad a friend recommended this author. I had never heard of him. The stories are timeless and each one has a perfectly orchestrated surprise or twist ending that keeps you thinking of a particular story long after you have finished reading it.

    22. Bbrown

      For the first several stories in this collection I was unpleasantly surprised. Usually nyrb publishes interesting things, and I expect there are a plethora of sci-fi writers worth reminding the world about, but for the first five stories it seemed as though Sheckley was merely a pulp writer who wrote nothing but the most cliché and predictable stories you could imagine. Seriously, the first story is about how aliens might perceive US as monsters, what with our different beliefs and behavior. Th [...]

    23. Alexandra

      On the whole, I really enjoyed this collection. Sheckley's writing is crisp and clean throughout, like broad brushstrokes that neatly cohere despite its brevity, and it's easy to get sucked into the universes he creates. The stories themselves are never too long and for the most part never feel like they outstay their welcomes. It's hard to review an entire collection on a five-star system, since undoubtedly in a ~400 page collection, there are bound to be some duds and non-starters, but, on the [...]

    24. Howard Cincotta

      "Nostalga isn't what it used to be," sings Sam Phillips, and I must admist that many of the stories in this collection don't live up to expectations, or least to my fond memories of reading battered SF paperbacks of Sheckley in the 1960s. I will still contend (as I've written elsewhere in ) that J.G. Ballard, who burst the SF boundaries in his career, remains overrated, and Sheckley underrated, if only because his stories so perfectly capture the zeitgeist of his peak era, the 1950s and early '6 [...]

    25. Jason Furman

      I missed reading Robert Scheckley's stories when I was thirteen, which would have been the right age to think they were brilliant and a stepping stone to Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut. At something more than thirteen they were still quite good, many of them providing a fresh and ironic perspective on the science fiction contact narrative in which you learn more about the foibles of the humans than you do about the aliens. This collection is relatively long and I read it on and off for a year, [...]

    26. Raveen

      Read this for an English course I took and wow, it blew my mind. Most of these stories were written around the 60's but they are so ahead of their time. The book is dark and comedic, the best you can get for sci-fi. The stories really get you thinking and open your mind to so many different concepts. I would say they are ingenious, original, and overall just brilliant. This is a great collection of Robert Sheckley's short stories and I recommend everyone read this book as well as his other short [...]

    27. Meru

      I am generally not a lover of short stories. I find that they tend to either be half baked ideas or stories that try to do too much in too littler space. Sheckley has found a good balance, however, that keeps each of his stories interesting without dragging. Though these are not masterfully written, the ideas they present are interesting and well worth discussing. I have and will continue to recommend this book to friends, but only those with a penchant for science fiction and a love of the dry [...]

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