The Status Civilization
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The Status Civilization

by Robert Sheckley
Release date: 1960
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Will Barrent woke up on the prison planet Omega, where status grows at the point of a flamer, as a brain-wiped criminal, transported for murder. A lucky kill (or was it planned?) earned him citizenship, but even as a respectable poison salesman, Will can't keep on the right side of the authorities – he just won't do evil. If he won't reform, he'll be slated for the Games, in which gladiators who defeat their peers must fight mechanical monsters programmed to kill in interesting ways.

But if Barrent's heart stays in the right place – still beating in his chest – then with the help of the Mutants, and his grudging guardian angel Moera Ermais, he may yet come to the attention of Group Two, who mean to strike at the status civilization where it all began... by invading Earth.

(updated 2017-01-16)

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