The People Trap

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by Robert Sheckley

A collection of witty science fiction including a Nebula Award–nominated story.

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In “Diplomatic Immunity,” what happens when an alien ambassador arrives, telling the residents of Earth that they will be joining a galactic union whether they like it or not—and the ambassador is unkillable?

The thirteen other stories in this collection are “The People Trap,” “The Victim from Space,” “Shall We Have a Little Talk?”, “Restricted Area,” “The Odor of Thought,” “The Necessary Thing,” “Redfern’s Labyrinth,” “Proof of the Pudding,” “The Laxian Key,” “The Last Weapon,” “Fishing Season,” “Dreamworld,” and “Ghost V.”

From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Open Road is proud to republish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections. Rediscover, or discover for the first time, a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was “a precursor to Douglas Adams.”

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Book Condition

Used – Good




222 pages, 112x177x16mm


1977 by Pan Books / First published December 1, 1968


Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Short Stories

The People Trap


1 in stock