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05 May 2012 @ 05:26 pm
Respectable Sheckley  
This is important. The New York Review of Books (or as some of us call it, the other New York Review) has a book program, bringing back really good writers such as Dwight Macdonald and Murray Kempton. Now they have ventured into our ghetto, bringing back one of our best. In my arrogant opinion, Robert Sheckley was the funniest writer of them all at the time when Philip K. Dick, Frederik Pohl, and William Tenn were in their prime. Store of the Worlds collects 26 of his best stories. (They aren't perfect; they left out "Bad Madicine," just as they missed the evisceration of Colin Wilson when they collected Macdonald's best.) Two more things: If you want to know more about him, my review of the NESFA collection of his novels, which I also recommend extremely, and the ToC:
The Monsters
Seventh Victim
The Accountant
Paradise II
All the Things You Are
The Native Problem
Pilgrimage to Earth
A Wind is Rising
Dawn Invader
Double Indemnity
Language of Love
Morning After
The Red Slayer
The Store of the Worlds
Shall We Have a Little Talk?
Cordle to Onion to Carrot
The People Trap
Can You Feel Anything When I Do This?
Is That What People Do?
Beside Still Waters
Spacecrab: lennyspacecrab on May 6th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for carrying the news, dude.

FWIW (if anything): our almost-recent Left Coast appreciation of Bob's not-incosiderable talents.

Also published just this month in the subatomic world of fanzine fandom: a long-overlooked interview with Sheckley conducted by Leroy Kettle (Sandra Bond, QuasiQuote). Watch e-fanzines.com for an eventual PDF version.

El Coyote Gordo: fandomsupergee on May 6th, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
Sounds good.
(Anonymous) on May 7th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
Completist Note
Sheckley turned up frequently on the "X Minus One" series (both as himself as as Finn O'Donnevan), so I was pleased to see that you included a Table of Contents. Of the stories in the new anthology, "The Seventh Victim," "A Wind Is Rising" and "The Native Problem" were adapted for radio.

The series's last episode was also a Sheckley story, "Gray Flannel Armor."

Why do you think "The Seventh Victim" became "The Tenth Victim" when it was made into a movie?

El Coyote Gordo: chainsawsupergee on May 7th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Completist Note
Hollywood makes everything bigger.
Dan Blumtool_of_satan on May 7th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
For those, like me, who are wondering how much this overlaps with NESFA's Sheckley short story collection, the answer is not as much as I expected. This collection has 14 stories not in NESFA's (out of 26). NESFA's has 29 not in this one, although two or three of those are weak later work.