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Untouched by Human Hands   Cover of the first edition, illustration by Jack Coggins Author(s) Robert Sheckley Country  USA Language English Genre(s) science fiction short stories Publisher Ballantine Books Publication date 1954 Media type print (paperback) Pages 169 ISBN 978-1-345-00437-3 Followed by Citizen in Space Untouched by Human Hands is a collection of science fiction short stories by Robert Sheckley. It was first published in 1954 by Ballantine Books (catalogue number 73). It includes the following stories (magazines in which the stories originally appeared given in parentheses): "The Monsters" (F&SF 1953/3) "Cost of Living" (Galaxy 1952/12) "The Altar" (Fantastic 1953/7&8) "Keep Your Shape" (Galaxy 1953/11; also known as "Shape") "The Impacted Man" (Astounding 1952/12) "Untouched by Human Hands" (Galaxy 1953/12; also known as "One Man's Poison") "The King's Wishes" (F&SF 1953/7) "Warm" (Galaxy 1953/6) "The Demons" (Fantasy Magazine 1953/3) "Specialist" (Galaxy 1953/5) "Seventh Victim" (Galaxy 1953/4) "Ritual" (Climax 1953; also known as "Strange Ritual") "Beside Still Waters" (Amazing 1953/10&11) Critic Groff Conklin reviewed the collection for Galaxy Science Fiction in 1954; although generally favorable, the review claimed that Sheckley was "still trying to discover his own particular bent" and that he "hasn't quite found his footing."[1] Sheckley himself, according to a 1980 interview, was aware of the extreme stylistic diversity of the collection and the fact that some stories were not science fiction in the usual sense of the word: I felt I wasn't really writing science fiction. I was in some way writing a commentary on science fiction, and this sometimes made me feel, a little sadly, that I was not really into it.[2] The collection received positive reviews. Writing in The New York Times, Villiers Gerson wrote that Sheckley was "a writer not quire like any other [whose] forte is his own brand of strange and wonderful humor."[3]Boucher and McComas found it "as brightly individual and entrancing a group of science-fantasies as we've seen in some time."[4] P. Schuyler Miller compared Sheckley to Ray Bradbury, citing his "fresh point of view", his "wry distortions of the familiar", and his "touch of the same poetry."[5] Science fiction historian Michael Ashley, in his 2005 volume on the history of science fiction magazines, praised Sheckley's early work, including "Untouched by Human Hands", for the "sheer lack of sophistication—his ability to run circles around the establishment. [...] Sheckley's work highlights the fact that man's worst enemy is himself."[6] The collection was reprinted several times by different publishers. In 1965 the story "Seventh Victim" was adapted into The 10th Victim, an Italian film starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, also known as La decima vittima. Sheckley wrote a novelization of the film in 1966 ("The Tenth Victim"), and, in late 1980s, two more novels set in the same world. References ^ Groff Conklin. Galaxy's 5-star shelf, in Galaxy 8(5), August 1954, p. 97. ^ Charles Platt. Who Writes Science Fiction?, p. 203. Manchester: Savoy Books. 1980 ^ "From The Realm of the Spaceman", The New York Times Book Review, May 9, 1954, p.21 ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, August 1954, p.78. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, December 1954, p.147 ^ Michael Ashley. Transformations: The Story of the Science-fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970, p. 109. Liverpool University Press, 2005. ISBN 9780853237693 This article about a science fiction book is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e