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Book Title: The Status Civilization|
The author of the book: Robert Sheckley
Edition: Chasma Press
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Date of issue: January 19th 2016
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Will Barrent finds himself, without memory of any crime or of his previous life, being shipped to the planet Omega. Used to imprison extreme offenders, Omega has a hierarchical society of extreme brutality, where the way to advance & avoid dying is to commit endless crimes. The average life expectancy from time of arrival is three years. The story concerns his attempt to survive, escape & return to Earth to clear himself of accusations against him.
Earth is a uniform utopian society based on mutual trust & conformity. It's sleepy & stagnant, developing neither socially nor technologically. Its social stability is maintained by robots brainwashing children in closed classes. The ideologies of both Earth & Omega are similar, differing only in words. On Omega, the citizens worship Evil in a cult dedicated to an entity called The Black One. On Earth, the world religion is an amalgam of all the good aspects of previous religions. Its institution is the Church of the Spirit of Mankind Incarnate.
As Barrent comes closer to the truth about the reason for his incarceration, his Omegan consciousness conflicts with his subconsciousness which was programmed in the closed classes by the robots during his childhood. The subsequent psychological struggle is played out by repeating all of the previous fights & battles which he experienced throughout the book, eventually making clear the vision which the mutant girl on Omega foresaw of his death.
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Read information about the authorOne of science fiction's great humorists, Sheckley was a prolific short story writer beginning in 1952 with titles including "Specialist", "Pilgrimage to Earth", "Warm", "The Prize of Peril", and "Seventh Victim", collected in volumes from Untouched by Human Hands (1954) to Is That What People Do? (1984) and a five-volume set of Collected Stories (1991). His first novel, Immortality, Inc. (1958), was followed by The Status Civilization (1960), Journey Beyond Tomorrow (1962), Mindswap (1966), and several others. Sheckley served as fiction editor for Omni magazine from January 1980 through September 1981, and was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001.
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