Robert Sheckley (1928 – 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. Sheckley was a prolific and versatile writer. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical. During the 1950s the science fiction market was booming, with dozens of magazines competing with each other. The prolific young author took advantage and quickly became a major force in the genre.
A huge number of his short stories appeared in magazines including Amazing, Astounding, If, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. His most frequent contributions were to Galaxy, sometimes using pseudonyms to disguise the fact he had written more than one story in a particular issue.
His works include not only original short stories and novels, but also TV series episodes (Captain Video and His Video Rangers), novelizations of works by others (Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, after the film), stories in shared universes such as Heroes in Hell, and collaborations with other writers. He was best known for his several hundreds of short stories, which he published in book form as well as individually.
1. Watchbird - 3 Robert Sheckley short stories that demonstrate the breath of his fantastic imagination. (1) In Watchbird, the question "can machines solve human problems?" is answered with a resounding YES! But there may be a few unforeseen glitches. Just a few. (2) Warrior Race drops us into an alien race of warriors who fight in a way you will never be able to imagine until you listen. (3) And Beside Still Waters is a gentle story that shows us a man who really wants to get away from it all ... sitting on a rock in the asteroid belt with only a robot for a friend. No girls allowed! A poignant and unsettling story to say the least
2. The Status Civilization - Will Barrent awakes without memories just before being deposited on Omega, a planet for criminals where the average life expectancy is 3 years. He’s listed as a murderer and released into the illicit society as a “peon” the lowest class imaginable. A mysterious girl gives him a weapon that starts him on his path to status, a path that requires constant brutality. But it must be borne if our hero is to discover the reason for his imprisonment; A reason that pits him against himself, and involves the sardonically similar but devoutly different creeds of Omega and Earth. - The Status Civilization was first published as “Omega!” in the August and September 1960 issues of Amazing Science Fiction Stories Magazine.
3. Death Wish by Robert Sheckley (2nd story in X-Minus One Project)
4. Mindwebs - Look for the three stories below by Robert Sheckley:
110 Mindwebs-790909__Restricted Area.mp3 Robert Sheckley114 Mindwebs-811128__The Language Of Love.mp3 Robert Sheckley117 Mindwebs-820804__The Gun Without A Bang.mp3 Robert Sheckley
5. Warm by Robert Sheckley (9th story in Short Sci Fi # 24)
6. Bad Medicine by Robert Sheckley (2nd story in Short Sci Fi # 28)
7. Cost of Living by Robert Sheckley (4th story in Short Sci Fi # 30)
8. The Hour of Battle by Robert Sheckley (9th story in Short Sci Fi # 30)
9. Forever by Robert Sheckley (9th story in Short Sci Fi # 39)
10. Warrior Race by Robert Sheckley (15th story in Short Sci Fi # 41)
11. Ask a Foolish Question by Robert Sheckley (2nd story in Short Sci Fi # 42)
12. Beside Still Waters by Robert Sheckley (4th story in Short Sci Fi # 42)
13. The Leech by Robert Sheckley (11th story in Short Sci Fi # 42)
14. The Lifeboat Mutiny by Robert Sheckley (X-Minus One )
15. The Store of the Worlds (Drabblecast 188) - Mr. Wayne, a man who visits “The Store of the Worlds” in order to discover his deepest desire. Is it simply an escape from a post-apocalyptic world, or is it something more?
16. Sci-Fi Radio 22 - Shape by Robert Sheckley (play)
17. One Man's Poison by Robert Sheckley (15th story in Sci Fi Collection # 47)