Robert Sheckley is a science fiction writer whose darkly humourous novels and short stories date from 1951 to the present day. His work is notable for it's mind boggling originality and genuinely unexpected plot twists. He is a major influence on Douglas Adams.
This site includes lists of his novels and short stories. I have reviewed quite a few of the novels and several short story anthologies. These reviews are intended to help people find best work. I realise most of his early work is out of print, but second hand copies are fairly easy to find. A good place to look is the ABE book search.
Did I mention he was funny?
NON SF WORKS
"I owe him my towel." Douglas Adams
"Sheckley at his best is Voltaire and Soda." Brian Aldiss
"My best advice is to give oneself up to wonderful madness." Harlan Ellison
"His grasp of social manners in the 19th century is exceedingly poor." Jane Austen
Robert Sheckley was born in 1928 and grew up in New Jersey. After serving in the Korean war (1946-8)
he studied at the University of New York. He sold his first story in 1951. During
the fifties and sixties a large number of his short stories appeared in magazines
including Amazing Stories, Astounding Science Fiction, Climax, Playboy and
Today's Woman. His most frequent contributions were to Galaxy.
By the late fifties Sheckley was also writing a fine series of novels including "Immortality Inc." (1958) and "The Tenth Victim" (1965). After the brilliant "Dimension of Miracles" (1968) he became far less prolific (travelling the world seemed to be more fun than writing!) but what did emerge was high quality. In the nineties Sheckley has collaborated with Harry Harrison and Roger Zelazny.
This page is under construction. I'm sure there are a few things that have escaped my attention. Tell me what I've missed out! Has Sheckley ever done any other interviews? Who was Captain Video? Any graphic files related to Sheckley would be welcome e.g. covers of novels, especially "Dimension of Miracles".
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