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Book Title: De Statusplaneet|
The author of the book: Robert Sheckley
ISBN 13: 9789022990056
Edition: A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
Date of issue: 1971
Format files: PDF
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This is not a book that will rock your world. You won't be harassing your friends to read it, or spamming recommendations for it here on Goodreads. You aren't going to wistfully stare at its cover a year from now, remembering the great times you had together.
But that's OK.
The Status Society is not a SF aficionado must-read, but it's a fairly enjoyable romp through an interesting world. The story is pretty straightforward. No alternate viewpoints, unreliable narrators, or odd time/perspective shifts. This is meat-and-two-veg, steak-and-eggs SF, solid, inoffensive, and fine for what it is.
Will Barrent, a convicted murderer, awakens on a starship with no memory of his life or crimes. The starship is soon revealed to be a prisoner transport and he is abandoned on the prison world of Omega, home to a twisted society run by deported criminals. This is no Escape From Absalom or Lord of the Flies style scenario though, the prisoner society on Omega is an interesting hodge-podge of ancient societies and dystopic ideas, with a brutal ranking system, regular 'hunts' of lower ranking citizens, a Roman-style colosseum and a culture that enshrines criminality as the highest legal and religious good. Barrent, while very successful in this criminal milieu, is no killer at heart and comes to doubt that he is the murderer the system says he is. These doubts lead him to begin exploring his missing memories and testing the limits of Omegan society, with some violent results.
The Status Society was written in 1960, and occasionally the book’s age peeks through, a wrinkle here, a saggy bit there (computers in the future being programmed via punch cards was a LOL moment) but for the most part it’s pretty spry for its age, leading the reader on a pacy dash through the twisted world of Omega and beyond. Perhaps in part due to it's brevity the story sometimes relies on implausible coincidences to flog itself along, and gave me the impression that Sheckley was racing to try and fit his many interesting ideas into the narrative. Despite all this (and a not entirely satisfying conclusion) it's an enjoyable read and the book flows from one action-packed encounter to the next.
Not every book has to be a catalyst for deep reflection, or an award winner, or a pillar of its genre. The Status Society is light, entertaining, and short - just the thing for an easy read in between two meatier works.
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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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