"The Language of Love"

Title"The Language of Love"
Year for Search1957
AuthorsSheckley, Robert(1928-2005)
Secondary TitleGalaxy Science Fiction (New York)
Volume / Edition14.1
Pagination39-50
Date PublishedMay 1957
ISSN Number0016-4003
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

The setting of the story is a future eutopian earth in which the entire landscape is carefully tended, it rains as needed in the middle of the night, and all animals are in zoos. The story is about an inarticulate young man learning the rational language of love of extinct aliens and its effects.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley. Book Two (Eugene, OR: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991), 369-80; in his The Masque of Mañana. Ed. Sharon L. Sbarsky (Framingham, MA: The NESFA Press, 2005), 375-84; and in Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley. Ed. Alex Abramovich and Jonathan Lethem (New York: New York Review Books, 2012), 253-65 with an “Introduction” to the collection by the editors (vii-xi).

Author Note

(1928-2005)

Full Text

1957 Sheckley, Robert (1928-2005). “The Language of Love.” Galaxy Science Fiction 14.1 (May 1957): 39-50. Rpt. in The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley. Book Two (Eugene, OR: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991), 369-80; in his The Masque of Mañana. Ed. Sharon L. Sbarsky (Framingham, MA: The NESFA Press, 2005), 375-84; and in Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley. Ed. Alex Abramovich and Jonathan Lethem (New York: New York Review Books, 2012), 253-65 with an “Introduction” to the collection by the editors (vii-xi).

The setting of the story is a future eutopian earth in which the entire landscape is carefully tended, it rains as needed in the middle of the night, and all animals are in zoos. The story is about an inarticulate young man learning the rational language of love of extinct aliens and its effects.