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Robert Sheckley

Born: 16-Jul-1928
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 9-Dec-2005
Location of death: Poughkeepsie, NY
Cause of death: Stroke
Remains: Buried, Artist Cemetery, Woodstock, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Science fiction genius

Military service: US Army (1946-48)

Robert Sheckley was a master of speculative fiction imbued with a strong sense of humor and absurdity. He wrote numerous well-received novels, but was better known for his hundreds of short stories, many of which ended with an unexpected twist from, as he described it, "the three horsemen of my own apocalypse". His stories appeared frequently in all the classic pulp sci-fi magazines, and in more mainstream magazines such as Esquire and Playboy. Early in his career he wrote more than a dozen episodes of TV's Captain Video, and several of his works were adapted into motion pictures, including the splendid La Decima Vittima (The Tenth Victim), based on Sheckley's short story "The Seventh Victim", and lesser efforts including Disney's Condorman and Freejack with Mick Jagger. Before selling his first short story, he served in the Army and worked as a bartender, landscape gardener, milkman, office clerk, and pretzel salesman. Sheckley also wrote under the pen names Phillips Barbee, Ned Lang, and Finn O'Donnevan, and his daughter Alisa Kwitney and ex-wife Jay Sheckley are also writers of speculative fiction.

Father: David Sheckley (insurance agent)
Mother: Rachel Sheckley
Sister: Joan Sheckley Klein
Wife: Barbara Scadron (m. 1951, div. 1956, one son)
Son: Jason Sheckley
Wife: Ziva Miri Kwitney (m. 1957, div. 1972, one daughter)
Daughter: Alisa Kwitney (writer)
Wife: Abby Schulman (m. 1972 div. 1982)
Wife: Jay Rothbell Sheckley (writer, div.)
Wife: Gail Dana (m. 1990, sep.)
Daughter: Anya
Son: Jed
Son: Windell Oskay (stepson, physicist)

    University: BS, New York University (1951)

    Jewish Ancestry

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Author of books:
Untouched by Human Hands (1954, short stories)
Citizen in Space (1955, short stories)
Pilgrimage to Earth (1957, short stories)
Immortality, Inc. (1958)
Omega (a.k.a. The Status Civilization) (1960)
Notions: Unlimited (1960, short stories)
Store of Infinity (1960, short stories)
Calibre .50 (1961)
Dead Run (1961)
Live Gold (1962)
Shards of Space (1962, short stories)
The Man in the Water (1962)
Journey of Joenes (1962)
White Death (1963)
Journey beyond Tomorrow (1963)
The Game of X (1965)
The 10th Victim (1966)
Mindswap (1966)
Time Limit (1967)
Dimension of Miracles (1968)
The People Trap (1968, short stories)
Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? (1972, short stories)
Options (1975)
The Alchemical Marriage of Alistair Crompton (a.k.a. Crompton Divided) (1978)
The Robot Who Looked Like Me (1978, short stories)
The Wonderful World of Robert Sheckley (1979, short stories)
The Sheckley Omnibus (1979, short stories)
Dramocles (1983)
Is That What People Do? (1984, short stories)
Pop Death (1986)
Victim Prime (1987)
Hunter/Victim (1988)
Bill the Galactic Hero: On the Planet of Bottled Brains (1990, with Harry Harrison)
Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991, with Roger Zelazny)
The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley (1991, short stories, five volumes)
If at Faust You Don't Succeed (1993, with Roger Zelazny)
The Alternative Detective (1993)
A Farce to Be Reckoned With (1994, with Roger Zelazny)
The Laertian Gamble (1995)
Aliens: Alien Harvest (1995)
Draconian New York (1996)
Soma Blues (1997)
Godshome (1997)
Babylon 5: A Call to Arms (1999)
The Grand-Guignol of the Surrealists (2000)
Dimension of Miracles Revisited (2001)
Uncanny Tales (2003, short stories)
The Masque of Maņana (2005, short stories)

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