History Creator / RobertSheckley

23rd Apr '18 7:49:00 PM crazysamaritan
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* RoboticSpouse: Deconstructed in "The Perfect Woman", where a man notices his robot wife is slowing down, so he drives her back to the factory to be replaced while trying to ignore her pleas that she still loves him.

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* RoboticSpouse: Deconstructed in "The Perfect Woman", where In "Literature/ThePerfectWoman", there's a man contrast between the "primitive" woman and the "modern" woman. The "modern" woman refers to the fact that they're artificially created. The husband notices that his robot modern wife is slowing down, so he drives her back to showing symptoms of damage, and worries that the factory may not be able to be replaced while trying restore the robot to ignore her pleas the same woman that she still loves him.he loves.
5th Apr '18 7:34:01 PM crazysamaritan
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* ''Literature/TheFurtherAdventuresOfBatman'' (contributed "Literature/DeathOfTheDreammaster" to the 1989 anthology)

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* ''Literature/TheFurtherAdventuresOfBatman'' (contributed "Literature/DeathOfTheDreammaster" to the 1989 anthology)''Literature/TheFurtherAdventuresOfBatman''
** "Literature/DeathOfTheDreammaster"
** "Literature/TheJokersWar"
5th Apr '18 5:52:21 PM crazysamaritan
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* The ''Stephen Dain'' series (MysteryFiction):

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* The ''Stephen Dain'' ''Literature/StephenDain'' series (MysteryFiction):


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* ''Literature/TheFurtherAdventuresOfBatman'' (contributed "Literature/DeathOfTheDreammaster" to the 1989 anthology)
17th Mar '18 5:44:09 AM tkzv
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* InterruptedSuicide: ''The Minimum Man'' starts with Anton's suicide preparations being interrupted by an acceptance letter from a prospective employer. Turns out, it's their way of hiring people for a high-risk job -- watching the candidates and making an offer at just the right moment. Later Anton is frequently reminded that he chose the job of an explorer/guinea pig/canary over suicide. The survivors are well-rewarded, though.
4th Feb '18 1:02:02 AM Circeus
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* BoringButPractical: ''The Status Civilization'' has the main character running an antidote shop on a lawless planet. He is amazed at how, despite all the scientific advancement, most poisoners prefer the plain old arsenic and strychnine. The main problem in his job, in fact, turned out to be convincing his clients that their wives would use something so primitive.

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* BoringButPractical: ''The Status Civilization'' has the main character running an antidote a combination poison/antidote shop on a lawless planet. He is amazed at how, despite all the scientific advancement, advancement allowing undetected murder, most poisoners prefer the plain old arsenic and strychnine. The main problem in his job, in fact, turned out to be convincing his clients that their wives would use something so primitive.
3rd Jan '18 1:47:00 PM TheWanderer
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* ArtificialAfterlife: ''Immortality Inc.'' features a variant. The afterlife itself is natural, but getting your soul there intact is a MillionToOneChance without an expensive technological procedure.
31st Dec '17 6:38:29 PM Omeganian
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* PercussiveTherapy: In "A Ticket to Tranai", the titular "Utopia" planet solves the problem of domestic violence by, among other things, producing cheap {{Robotic Maid}}s which can be kicked apart when a person feels frustrated. The protagonist finds a job as a robot designer, and they tell him to make a robot durable enough for daily work, yet weak enough to be smashed apart by a single kick. He ultimately solves the problem by [[spoiler:using special plastic which breaks apart when exposed to a certain chemical and selling a pair of shoes coated with the chemical along with each robot]].

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* PercussiveTherapy: In "A Ticket to Tranai", the titular "Utopia" planet solves the problem of domestic violence by, among other things, producing cheap {{Robotic {{Robot Maid}}s which can be kicked apart when a person feels frustrated. The protagonist finds a job as a robot designer, and they tell him to make a robot durable enough for daily work, yet weak enough to be smashed apart by a single kick. He ultimately solves the problem by [[spoiler:using special plastic which breaks apart when exposed to a certain chemical and selling a pair of shoes coated with the chemical along with each robot]].
31st Dec '17 10:24:54 AM Omeganian
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* PercussiveTherapy: In "A Ticket to Tranai", the titular "Utopia" planet solves the problem of domestic violence by, among other things, producing cheap {{Robotic Maid}}s which can be kicked apart when a person feels frustrated. The protagonist finds a job as a robot designer, and they tell him to make a robot durable enough for daily work, yet weak enough to be smashed apart by a single kick. He ultimately solves the problem by [[spoiler:using special plastic which breaks apart when exposed to a certain chemical and selling a pair of shoes coated with the chemical along with each robot]].
9th Dec '17 9:10:42 AM Geoduck
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* RealityEnsues: In "The Gun Without A Bang", if you wave around the eponymous weapon's perfect disintegration ray while on a jungle planet, you run the risk of getting crushed by giant falling tree-parts. And if you happen [[spoiler: to also be shooting in the direction of your parked spaceship...]]
9th Dec '17 9:05:25 AM Geoduck
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* NoOffButton: In "The Laxian Key", a pair of ne'er-do-wells find a machine that produces some substance in unlimited quantities but can only be turned off with the eponymous "Laxian key" (which they don't have). When the substance begins to flood their ship, they try to sell the machine to an alien race who feeds upon it, but are almost blown to pieces by the alien navy. It turns out, these aliens, as a result of inventing the machine in the first place, already have several such devices... and, apparently, enough morons to turn them on. As a result, all of their homeworld is covered with it, so they tell the heroes to come back with the Laxian key and ask any price for it.

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* NoOffButton: In "The Laxian Key", a pair of ne'er-do-wells the AAA Ace duo find a machine that produces some substance in unlimited quantities but can only be turned off with the eponymous "Laxian key" (which they don't have). When the substance begins to flood their ship, they try to sell the machine to an alien race who feeds upon it, but are almost blown to pieces by the alien navy. It turns out, these aliens, as a result of inventing the machine in the first place, already have several such devices... and, apparently, enough morons to turn them on. As a result, all of their homeworld is covered with it, so they tell the heroes to come back with the Laxian key and ask any price for it.



* PsychologicalTormentZone: The story "Ghost V" by provides a semi-hard science example: a planet whose atmosphere contains a hallucinogenic gas causing all-too-real hallucinations and animating long-suppressed fears of those who breathe it.

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* PsychologicalTormentZone: The AAA Ace story "Ghost V" by provides a semi-hard science example: a planet whose atmosphere contains a hallucinogenic gas causing all-too-real hallucinations and animating long-suppressed fears of those who breathe it.



* SharedMassHallucination: "Ghost V" has the protagonists land on a deserted planet and end up fighting joint hallucinations of the monsters they invented in their childhood. It turns out, the planet's atmosphere contains a hallucinogen that forces humans to relive their childhood fears, which became really dangerous if YourMindMakesItReal.

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* SharedMassHallucination: "Ghost V" has the protagonists AAA Ace team land on a deserted planet and end up fighting joint hallucinations of the monsters they invented in their childhood. It turns out, the planet's atmosphere contains a hallucinogen that forces humans to relive their childhood fears, which became really dangerous if YourMindMakesItReal.



* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: "Ghost V" is about two troubleshooters hired to investigate the bizarre events on a far-off planet; they belatedly realize that the planet brings your subconscious imaginings to life, and so they have to spend the entire return trip to Earth battling the bogeymen of their shared childhood. They finally [[spoiler:survive by, yes, hiding under the blankets on their bunks.]]

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* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: "Ghost V" is about two troubleshooters AAA Ace being hired to investigate the bizarre events on a far-off planet; they belatedly realize that the planet brings your subconscious imaginings to life, and so they have to spend the entire return trip to Earth battling the bogeymen of their shared childhood. They finally [[spoiler:survive by, yes, hiding under the blankets on their bunks.]]
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