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- Publication date : May 13, 2014
- File size : 3897 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 403 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (May 13, 2014)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00K627USM
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #730,079 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This volume is a collection of his shorter short stories -- I'm uncertain of the word count but would say 2.5 - 3000 words each. They show the richness of his imagination and diversity of ideas, but because of the comparative brevity, don't show all that Mr. Sheckley could do with language. Even so, limiting himself to this format, he produced several collections of highly enjoyable reads, often with insights into our relationship with technology. There is a dark brilliance to his work even when he only sketches in the details.
"Is That What People Do?" is (I think) a collection of his early work, and although he improved with age, is a fine display of insight and imagination spread across many of the themes of science fiction. Because the stories are relatively short, it's a volume that can be read for a while, put down, and picked up again without ever growing dull.
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.