It is a dying Earth's defiant answer to a seemingly hopeless future. While the world's remaining population struggles to survive on a planet made barren by humanity's own greed, a small, select group of men and women seek wealth and glory in the challenge of death itself. They are the Hunters, and they are also the Victims, coconspirators in a mutual duel of destruction played out for the world's vicarious entertainment.
One by one, they have come to the small Caribbean island where the Hunt is held. And two by two, the Hunt computers have assigned them their roles – Hunter and Victim – to kill or be killed by any means fair or foul.
Robert Sheckley (1928–2005) was a Hugo and Nebula nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and comical.
Sheckley was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001.