Like William Tenn's TIME IN ADVANCE, Sheckley's SKULKING PERMIT (December 1954) is a meditation on penology and the entirety of the criminal justice system, framed as lighthearted satirical science fiction. The furthest human colony of the far-flung Terran Empire is subject—as are all the colonies—to periodic inspection by Headquarters, and Sheckley's settlers are prepared to show that they, no less than their Terran ancestors and overlords,...
The fifth volume in the Science Fiction Megapack series collection 25 tales of high adventure through other worlds and times, 5 Hugo and Nebula Award-winners and nominees.
Included this time are:
AGAPE AMONG THE ROBOTS, by Allen Steele
THE STARSHIP MECHANIC, by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes
PEACEMAKER, by Gardner Dozois
OR ALL THE SEAS WITH OYSTERS, by Avram Davidson
GRANDMA, by Carol Emshwiller
THE GIFT BEARER, by Charles L. Fontenay