The Status Civilisation (novella) by Robert Sheckley. Will Barrent had no memory of his crime. but he found himself shipped across space to a brutal prison-planet. The Status Civilization was first published as "Omega!" in the August and September 1960 issues of Amazing Science Fiction Stories.
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M4B Audiobook (116MB). Download cover art Download CD case insert. The Status Civilization. Robert SHECKLEY (1928 - 2005). 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 Division of Charter Communications Inc. A GROSSET & DUNLAP COMPANY. 360 Park Avenue South New York, New York 10010. First appeared under the title Omega in Amazing Science FictionStories, published by Ziff-Davis. All characters in this book are fictitious.
The Status Civilization is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert Sheckley, first published in 1960. The Status Civilization concerns Will Barrent, a man who finds himself, without memory of any crime or, indeed, of his previous life, being shipped across space to the planet Omega. Omega, used to imprison extreme offenders, has a hierarchical society of extreme brutality, where the only way to advance (and avoid dying) is to commit an endless series of crimes.
Author: Robert Sheckley. Publisher: ACE Science Fiction, New York 10010, 1979. The average life expectancy from time of arrival on Omega is three years.
In The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley turns the idea of society and morality on its head in his world-building for the planet Omega. This is something Sheckley does very well, usually in a humorous manner. While The Status Civilization is less humorous than a typical Robert Sheckley narrative it is still sharply satirical and made me laugh several times. There is also an old-school sci-fi adventure aspect to this book as Barrent finds himself being hunted for sport and even put into a sort of gladiatorial combat against killer robots and monsters. At a mere 132 pages The Status Civilization moves at a brisk pace, Sheckley somehow manages to squeeze in plenty of plot and world building even within the modest page count.
He sought the aid of a psychiatrist, who told him that his rejection of murder had its roots in an unhappy childhood. The phobia had been further complicated by the traumatic qualities of his experience in the Dream Shop. Because of this, murder, the highest social good, had become repugnant to him. This antimurder neurosis in a man eminently suited for the art of killing would, the psychiatrist said, inevitably lead to Barrent's destruction. The only solution was to displace the neurosis.
He was a man with the recollection of memories. He must at one time have had that priceless wealth of recall which now he could only deduce from the limited evidence at his disposal. At one time he must have had specific memories of birds, trees, friends, family, status, a wife perhaps. Now he could only theorize about them. Once he had been able to say, this is like, or, that reminds me of.
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