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The Status Civilization

Robert Sheckley

Book Overview: 

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.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .According to witnesses, he had performed the counterkill in exemplary fashion. Tem's dream was to become a member of the Assassin's Guild. His application was on file with that ancient and austere organization, and he had a chance of being accepted within the month.

Barrent bought a sidearm from him. On Rend's advice, he chose a Jamiason-Tyre needlebeam. It was faster and more accurate than any projectile weapon, and it transmitted the same shock-power as a heavy caliber bullet. To be sure, it hadn't the spread of heat weapons such as the Hadjis used, which could kill within six inches of their target. But wide-range beamers encouraged inaccuracy. They were messy, careless weapons which reinforced careless traits. Anyone could fire a heat gun; but to use a needlebeam effectively, you had to practice constantly. And practice paid off. A good needlebeam man was more than a match for any two widebeam gunmen.

Barrent took this advice to heart, coming, as it. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Yine bir "bu kadar seveceğimi tahmin etmiyordum" kitabı

Uzun zamandır bu kadar iyi bu kadar sürükleyici bir bk kitabı okumamıştım resmen hayal gücümün pası silindi.
Konu itibariyle zaten büyük bir beklenti ile başlamıştım kitaba ama yazarın bu beklentimi alıp daha da ileriye taşıyacağını düşünmemiştim.
Will Barrent bir gün uyandığında kendisini hafıza

Sevgili İthaki, Bilimkurgu klasiklerine kitap bulmakta zorlanıyor sanırım zira Hayvan Çiftliği'ni eklemişler. 1995'te çeviri yapılmasına rağmen kullanılan tek bir kelimeyi yadırgamadan okuduğum (nispeten eski bir çeviri ama yine de güncel. Stephen King'in çevirileri de eşşoğlu falan diye, neyse.), t

I don’t write reviews.

This was an interesting story, but it should have been a short story. It seemed like Sheckley didn’t know how pull it all together for a satisfying conclusion. The beauty of the short story is that they often have no beginning and no end. I’m fine with shorts that end abruptly

Maybe if I was 20 years younger and not all that versed in SF except in practically ONLY the classics, I probably would have picked up this little subversive title and chuckled darkly through my reading of it.

I probably would have nodded and enjoyed the relatively light Bad-Is-Good vision of society

The story is good, with some coherence issues. Anyway, it is very interesting for sure. The best part: the ideas that are simply awesome. In each chapter you will find sense of wonderful thoughts which break assumptions about how our present (and our future, maybe) society works; or about the law, t

Ogni volta che prendo un libro di Sheckley e lo inizio, è come tornare a casa. Come quando torno da una vacanza, seppur questa sia stata piena di scoperte, di meraviglie di luoghi nuovi ed incantevoli, il ritorno a casa è sempre qualcosa di insostituibile. L'atmosfera che c'è quando si torna a casa

“It was a society which, in the final analysis, stressed individual endeavor. It was a society in which the lawbreaker was king; a society in which crimes were not only condoned but were admired and even rewarded; a society in which deviation from the rules was judged solely on its degree of success

This is not a book that will rock your world. You won't be harassing your friends to read it, or spamming recommendations for it here on Goodreads. You aren't going to wistfully stare at its cover a year from now, remembering the great times you had together.

But that's OK.

The Status Civilization is

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