Fantasy Is That What People Do - Robert Sheckley

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    Well, maybe. It's a tough call because his short story collections are so damned good. Sheckley is known as the master of the lean and mean, the witty and the funny. He is one of the great wits of our age and his genius is most obvious in his very accessible and modest-looking stories. But the stories in this collection are like Borges puzzles or Calvino novels, posing simple but important problems and turning the plots in on themselves as only Sheckley can do.
    It's interesting to think about comparing the styles of Sheckley and Bradbury, both genius short story writers. Both are extremely bold storytellers and both have a lyrical conciseness. Both are funny and twisted and both are touching. But Sheckley is like a smirking master poker player while Bradbury deals you an amazing hand of hearts. Sheckley is to acid as Bradbury is to ecstacy.
    Sheckley's stories are simply as good as any stories in fantasy and science fiction. His characters are usually at the end of their rope and find extraordinary solutions to extraordinary problems. Sheckley is the original thinking-out-of-the-box guy. He's alternately nuts, a genius jokewriter, a philosophical scholar and a hard-hitting action writer. I'm tellin' ya, you've gotta read his stories and IS THAT WHAT PEOPLE DO?, along with CITIZEN IN SPACE and UNTOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS, are the collections to start with.

    THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE
    THE ACCOUNTANT
    A WIND IS RISING
    THE ROBOT WHO LOOKED LIKE ME
    THE MNEMONE
    WARM
    THE NATIVE PROBLEM
    FISHING SEASON
    SHAPE
    BESIDE STILL WATERS
    SILVERSMITH WISHES
    MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE BROMIDE
    FOOL’S MATE
    PILGRIMAGE TO EARTH
    ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
    THE STORE OF THE WORLDS
    SEVENTH VICTIM
    CORDLE TO ONION TO CARROT
    IS THAT WHAT PEOPLE DO?
    THE PRIZE OF PERIL
    FEAR IN THE NIGHT
    CAN YOU FEEL ANYTHING WHEN I DO THIS?
    THE BATTLE
    THE MONSTERS
    THE PETRIFIED WORLD
    FIVE MINUTES EARLY
    MISS MOUSE AND THE FOURTH DIMENSION
    THE SKAG CASTLE
    THE HELPING HAND
    THE LAST DAYS OF (PARALLEL?) EARTH
    THE FUTURE LOST
    WILD TALENTS, INC.
    THE SWAMP
    THE FUTURE OF SEX: SPECULATIVE JOURNALISM
    THE LIFE OF ANYBODY
    GOODBYE FOREVER TO MR. PAIN
    THE SHAGGY AVERAGE AMERICAN MAN STORY
    SHOOTOUT IN THE TOY SHOP
     

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