From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Rediscover - or discover for the first time - a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was "a precursor to Douglas Adams".
The Journey of Joenes, also published as Journey Beyond Tomorrow, tells the tale of a picaresque journey through an imagined future taken by a naive and innocent man unprepared for the wonders and oddities he encounters. Sheckley examines the present through the distorting lens of a future wonderfully skewed from and yet darkly, hilariously, similar to our own world.
"I have always loved Robert Sheckley... I don't know of anyone else in SF who has written quite so many classic stories... wittier than Pohl... blacker than Lenny Bruce, subtler and more bent that the Firesigns and Monty Python put together... The key words with Sheckley are clever, deadly cool, and crazy as a bedbug."
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One Of My All-Time Favorites
I have no idea what genre to categorize this novel under... But that's a good thing.
This is easily one of the funniest, most unpredictable books that I have ever come across. It is easily one of Robert Sheckley's best works, a close second to "The Status Civilization".
At first, the narration performance struck me as odd, but once you get into the story, you soon realize it fits the story perfectly.
Buy this book.
9.6 / 10.0
- Niels J. Rasmussen