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Immortality, Inc.

Immortality, Inc. Description:

First published in as a startling revolutionary novel of the future then pushed to new cinematic limits as the feature film adaptation FREEJACK in Robert Sheckley s unsettling vision of Tomorrow now arrives in ebook format for the st century br br Thomas Blaine awoke in a white bed in a white room and heard someone say He s alive now Then they asked him his name age and marital status Yes that seemed normal enough but what was this talk about death trauma br br Thus was Thomas Blaine introduced to the year where science had discovered the technique of transferring a man s consciousness from one body to another Where a man s mind could be snatched from the past when his body was at the point of death and brought forward into a host body in this fantastic future world br br But that was only a small part of it For the future had proved the reality of life after death and discovered worlds beyond or simultaneous with our own worlds where through scientific techniques a man could live again in another body when he died here And in the process the reality of ghosts poltergeists and zombies was also established br br What did it all mean How had this discovery of what they called the hereafter shaped the world of br br Thomas Blaine found himself living in a future where the discoveries and techniques imagined by people of his time while having come about were completely overwhelmed by discoveries no one had ever dreamed of

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

The Status Civilization

The Status Civilization Description:

Will Barrent had no memory of his crime but he found himself shipped across space to a brutal prison planet On Omega his only chance to advance himself and stay alive is to commit an endless series of violent crimes The average inmate s life expectancy from time of arrival is three years Can Barrett survive escape and return to Earth to clear his name

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Dimension of Miracles (Dimension of Miracles #1)

Dimension of Miracles (Dimension of Miracles #1) Description:

It had to be somewhere Carmody knew that much It was waiting for him just as he had left it But where He only knew he was in the center of a galaxy in a universe of galaxies Within them lay endless varieties of the planet Earth And there was only one way to find his Earth again he would have to visit each one And he would have to hurry because his search for home had turned into a race with death

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

Mindswap

Mindswap Description:

div In the future interstellar travel to alien worlds will be too expensive for most ordinary people It certainly is for Marvin a college student who wants to take a really good vacation And so he signs up for what he can afford a mindswap in which your consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien lifeform But Marvin is unlucky and finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal a body that he has to vacate fast But that criminal consciousness has stolen Marvin s earthly body and Marvin has to find a body on the black market br Travel from world to world with Marvin each one crazier than the last as he keeps finding far from ideal bodies in awful situations just to stay alive br div

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley

Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley Description:

An NYRB Classics Original br br Robert Sheckley was an eccentric master of the American short story and his tales whether set in dystopic city scapes ultramodern advertising agencies or aboard spaceships lighting out for hostile planets are among the most startlingly original of the twentieth century Today as the new worlds alternate universes and synthetic pleasures Sheckley foretold become our reality his vision begins to look less absurdist and more prophetic This retrospective selection chosen by Jonathan Lethem and Alex Abramovich brings together the best of Sheckley s deadpan farces proving once again that he belongs beside such mordant critics of contemporary mores as Bruce Jay Friedman Terry Southern and Thomas Pynchon

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

Untouched By Human Hands

Untouched By Human Hands Description:

The s saw publication of Sheckley s st four books short story collections Untouched by Human Hands Ballantine Citizen in Space Pilgrimage to Earth Bantam amp a novel Immortality Inc st serialized in Galaxy br The Monsters F amp SF br Cost of Living Galaxy br The Altar Fantastic amp br Keep Your Shape Galaxy aka Shape br The Impacted Man Astounding br Untouched by Human Hands Galaxy aka One Man s Poison br The King s Wishes F amp SF br Warm Galaxy br The Demons Fantasy Magazine br Specialist Galaxy br Seventh Victim Galaxy later expanded br Ritual Climax aka Strange Ritual br Beside Still Waters Amazing amp

Rating: 3.76 out of 5

Pilgrimage to Earth

Pilgrimage to Earth Description:

i Pilgrimage to Earth i is a collection of science fiction short stories by Robert Sheckley It was first published in October by Bantam Books catalogue number A and already reprinted a month later br br It includes the following stories magazines in which the stories originally appeared given in parentheses br Pilgrimage to Earth Playboy also known as Love Incorporated br All the Things You Are Galaxy br Trap Galaxy br The Body Galaxy br Early Model Galaxy br Disposal Service Bluebook br Human Man s Burden Galaxy br Fear in the Night Today s Woman br Bad Medicine Galaxy br Protection Galaxy br Earth Air Fire and Water Astounding br Deadhead Galaxy br The Academy If br Milk Run Galaxy br The Lifeboat Mutiny Galaxy

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

Aliens: Alien Harvest

Aliens: Alien Harvest Description:

This time the humans are taking the offensive Stan Myakovsky is a once famous scientist fallen on hard times Now he dodges spaceship repo men and dreams of the marketability of his cybernetic ant Then a woman named Julie Lish walks into his life She is beautiful mysterious and totally amoral She is also skilled in the arts of thievery and Oriental self defense What s more she has a plan so outrageous there might be one chance in a million to pull it off Together Stan and Julie become the most unlikely pair of pirates in the universe With a hijacked spaceship and a crew of hardcase misfits they re searching for the ultimate pot of gold at the end of a bloody intergalactic rainbow royal jelly from an alien hive The only problem is that the fortune lies on the universe s most godforsaken planet And once they get their hands on it the ll have to fight their way past the aliens to get off the planet alive

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

The 10th Victim

The 10th Victim Description:

The th Victim La decima vittima is an Italian cult sf film directed by Elio Petri in It is based on Robert Sheckley s short story Seventh Victim He published a novelization of the film in br The film begins with a man chasing a woman thru the streets whilst shooting at her He s stopped by a policeman for questioning The man shows his licence to kill The policeman allows him to continue Scenes switch between the pursuit amp a narrator explaining the rules amp justification of the game br In the near future big wars are avoided by giving violence prone individuals a chance to kill in the Big Hunt The Hunt is the world s most popular form of entertainment attracting participants seeking fame amp fortune It includes ten rounds for each competitor five as hunter amp five as victim The survivor of the ten rounds becomes the ultimate champion br Caroline Meredith is the huntress armed with a high caliber Bosch Shotgun looking for her th victim Marcello Poletti is the victim He s reluctant to kill Meredith as he s unsure she s his hunter Killing the wrong person would get him locked up in prison for years To maximize her financial gain Meredith wants to get a perfect kill in front of the cameras as she s negotiated a major sponsor from the Ming Tea Company

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Citizen In Space

Citizen In Space Description:

Contents br The Mountain Without a Name br The Accountant br Hunting Problem br A Thief in Time br The Luckiest Man in the World br Hands Off br Something for Nothing br A Ticket to Tranai br The Battle br Skulking Permit br Citizen in Space br Ask a Foolish Question

Rating: 3.40 out of 5