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Untouched by Human Hands consists of 13 stories of beings who dwell on the strange borders of reality. Some of these stories tell of people you know or of events that might happen - but haven't yet. Some will take you to the furthermost reaches of the sky and to planets whose names are unknown this side of Arcturus. And some - perhaps the richest and most memorable of these stories - open into the interior of strange minds to reveal the reflection of ourselves.
This classic collection consists of the following short stories:

"The Monsters"
"Cost of Living"
"The Altar"
"The Impacted Man"
"Untouched by Human Hands"
"The King's Wishes"
"The Demons"
"Seventh Victim"
"Beside Still Waters"

©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc. (P)1954 Robert Sheckley
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By Niels J. Rasmussen on 03-11-15

Some Of Sheckley's Best Short Stories...

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1 - "The Monsters"
2 - "Cost of Living"
3 - "The Altar"
4 - "Shape" a.k.a. "Keep Your Shape"
5 - "The Impacted Man"
6 - "Untouched by Human Hands"
7 - "The King's Wishes"
8 - "Warm"
9 - "The Demons"
10 - "Specialist"
11 - "Seventh Victim"
12 - "Ritual"
13 - "Beside Still Waters"

I have a soft spot in my heart for all of Robert Sheckley's stories, but as true as with anything, some are better than others.
The 3 best stories from this collection have got to be;

"Cost of Living" - a description of a future (not too unlike our own present) in which homeowners rack up so much debt to stay comfortable with all of life's latest products and gadgets that mathematically, it would be impossible to pay off before death. It's a shame this story wasn't as prophetic as it was. I would have preferred that this one stay under 'fiction'.

"Seventh Victim" - Sheckley's first short story that started his entire "Victim" trilogy of books. If you haven't read them, go check them out NOW! ("The 10th Victim" is the trilogy's first installment).

"Beside Still Waters" - A heartbreaking study in loneliness and isolation. A man who lives on a large asteroid builds himself a robot to be his only friend. I won't ruin the ending for you, but it's great.

9.59 / 10.00

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By Robert on 05-17-17

The Main Man in Sci-Fi

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I would recommend all Robert Sheckley's work to anyone interested in science fiction history. His work is very much of its time - 50's/60's - but retains much style and character despite the humour being rather dated now.
Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy owes everything to this man's work.

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