History Creator / RobertSheckley

11th Aug '17 6:57:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaughtInTheRipple: In ''Mindswap'', the ending is the protagonist getting his body back in a parallel dimension, and then doubting whether he's back in his own universe, or still in a parallel one. He checks carefully, but... no. Same three red suns, same egglaying mother.
3rd Aug '17 12:28:32 PM SteveMB
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* IndyPloy: "Fool's Mate" has Earth locked in an endless resource-draining stalemate with an enemy spacefleet, with both sides having near-perfect tactical computers. The humans finally win by letting a crazy guy start "deciding" their battle strategy by randomly pushing at buttons on their computer. The other side gets blown to pieces as ''their'' computer sits and tries to figure out how to counter this new "strategy".

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* IndyPloy: "Fool's Mate" has Earth locked in an endless resource-draining stalemate with an enemy spacefleet, with both sides having near-perfect tactical computers. The humans finally win by letting a crazy guy start "deciding" their battle strategy by [[StrategySchmategy randomly pushing at buttons on their computer.computer]]. The other side gets blown to pieces as ''their'' computer sits and tries to figure out how to counter this new "strategy".
2nd Aug '17 11:10:25 AM JustTroper
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* MysticalItemTM: ''Fishing Season'' centers around food items that look very similar to usual grocery products, but have some strange minor differences. They actually serve as a "bait" for humans, and those who eat them are sucked into another world.


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* ParanormalMundaneItem: ''Fishing Season'' centers around food items that look very similar to usual grocery products, but have some strange minor differences. They actually serve as a "bait" for humans, and those who eat them are sucked into another world.
30th Apr '17 1:41:48 PM Xtifr
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* LivingShip: The short story "The Specialist" is about several aliens species who make up a living ship, but this one has lost a certain part...
5th Feb '17 6:11:12 AM JustTroper
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* MysticalItemTM: ''Fishing Season'' centers around food items that look very similar to usual grocery products, but have some strange minor differences. They actually serve as a "bait" for humans, and those who eat them are sucked into another world.
31st Dec '16 3:03:29 AM Geoduck
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* ''Untouched by Human Hands'' (1954)
13th Dec '16 1:05:30 PM Xtifr
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* NormalFishInATinyPond: In "All the Things You Are", a human expedition visits an alien planet, only to discover to their horror that bizarre and unpleasant maladies are inflicted on the natives every time the humans interact with the environment, to the point that even breathing causes problems.
3rd Dec '16 12:04:51 PM Xtifr
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* AliensOfLondon: Played for [[RuleOfFunny humor]] in ''Mindswap''. The protagonist is sitting in a bar on an alien world with no idea where to go next, when he's approached by one of the world's aliens, who offers to help. The alien is from a country to the south, so he speaks English with a stereotypical Mexican accent, and also speaks fluent Spanish.
29th Oct '16 8:47:46 PM Xtifr
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* DivineDate: Amusingly averted in ''Godshome''. The goddess Mellicent has been struck by CupidsArrow, and has fallen for shy academic Arthur Fenn. When she professes her love, though, Arthur cannot believe such a beautiful creature could love him. She manages to convince him, but he's still too shy to make the first move, and she's too proud. Eventually, she gives him a ring which gives him the strength and appearance of a demigod, and he finds the courage to accept her proposition, but then [[TheLoinsSleepTonight can't get it up]].
27th Oct '16 7:43:26 PM Xtifr
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* MonsterRoommate: In ''Godshome'', it's technically a god roommate, but [[OurGodsAreDifferent these gods]] are near enough to being monsters for most people. When Arthur Fenn gets his prayers answered, he doesn't realize that in payment, he'll get four very [[JerkassGod unpleasant gods]] living in his spare bedroom. They like their meat raw, and in large quantities, and they have a habit of throwing the gnawed bones out the window to rot in the yard, which eventually attracts the attention of the police.
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