1. “Sheckley’s stories operate as irresistible language-artifacts, like extended puns or paradoxes: off-kilter, provocative, unsettling even if partly silly. They’re like psychedelic lamps that cast an eerie light in one room where they’re encountered, but then turn out to transform one’s view of all subsequent rooms. These are the kind of stories which, if young or otherwise inattentive at first encounter, you may forget the title and the author’s name, only to rediscover them in some anthology many years later, with a sense of recognition akin to discovering someone else recounting a dream that you yourself once had.”

    — from Jonathan Lethem and Alex Abramovich’s introduction to their selection of Robert Sheckley stories, Store of the Worlds, out May 1, 2012.


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