"The Minimum Man"

Title"The Minimum Man"
Year for Search1958
AuthorsSheckley, Robert(1928-2005)
Secondary TitleGalaxy Science Fiction
Volume / Edition 16.2
Pagination112-43
Date PublishedJune 1958
ISSN Number0016-4003
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

The background of the story is an overpopulation dystopia desperate for suitable planets to colonize. The story is about a program to test planets by sending incompetent, accident prone explorers to test them; if they survive, anyone can.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley. Book Four (Eugene, OR: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991), 71-101; and in his The Masque of Mañana. Ed. Sharon L. Sbarsky (Framingham, MA: The NESFA Press, 2005), 463-88.

Author Note

(1928-2005)

Full Text

1958 Sheckley, Robert (1928-2005). “The Minimum Man.” Galaxy Science Fiction 16.2 (June 1958): 112-43. Rpt. in The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley. Book Four (Eugene, OR: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991), 71-101; and in his The Masque of Mañana. Ed. Sharon L. Sbarsky (Framingham, MA: The NESFA Press, 2005), 463-88.

The background of the story is an overpopulation dystopia desperate for suitable planets to colonize. The story is about a program to test planets by sending incompetent, accident prone explorers to test them; if they survive, anyone can.