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Title: Specialist Title Record # 45711
Author: Robert Sheckley
Date: 1953-05-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Webpages: archive.org, Wikipedia-EN
Language: English
Synopsis: A crew of aliens who rely on cooperation between specialized species rather than mechanical devices for space travel loses an essential member, and discover that the only species nearby which could replace him are humans, and they must convince a human to join them.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1956 M Molecule
Year Language Title
1954Translated by Marcel Battin (to be verified for Galaxie)
French Les spécialisés
1955 Italian Cooperazione galattica
1959German translation by Lothar Heinecke.
German Spezialist
1968Translated by Henk Bouwman
Dutch Specialist
1979 Slovenian Specialist
1980Translated by Mirjana Živković
Croatian
Stručnjak?Struchnjak
1981 Italian Specialista
1984• Translated by Mirjana Živković
Serbian
Stručnjak?Strucnjak
Struchnjak
[as by Robert Šekli]
1999Translated by Michael Görden
German Spezialist

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Galaxy Science Fiction, May 1953 1953-05-00 ed. H. L. Gold Galaxy Publishing Corporation   $0.35 164
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Mel Hunter Checkmark
Untouched by Human Hands 1954-03-00 Robert Sheckley Ballantine Books 73 $0.35 169
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Jack Coggins Checkmark
Untouched by Human Hands 1954-03-00 Robert Sheckley Ballantine Books H-73 $2.50 169
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Second Galaxy Reader of Science Fiction 1954-04-00 ed. H. L. Gold Crown Publishers     vi+
[2]+
504
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Mel Hunter Checkmark
Galaxie (1ère série), #10 September 1954 1954-09-00 ed. Editors of Galaxie (1ère série) Editions Nuit et Jour   F100.00 132
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Ed Emshwiller Checkmark
Untouched by Human Hands 1955-00-00 Robert Sheckley Michael Joseph (Novels of Tomorrow)   12/- 253
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
I Romanzi di Urania #82 1955-06-09 ed. Giorgio Monicelli Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 82 130 Lit 128
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Curt Caesar Checkmark
Argosy (UK), July 1956 1956-07-00 ed. Editors of Argosy (UK) The Amalgamated Press      
unknown?The publication record was created from a secondary source and the publication format is unknown.
mag  
Galaxis Science Fiction, #12 1959-02-00 ed. Lothar Heinecke Moewig   DM 1.50 128
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Pederson Checkmark
Untouched by Human Hands 1960-11-00 Robert Sheckley Ballantine Books 437K $0.35 169
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Blanchard Checkmark
Contact 1963-05-00 ed. Noel Keyes Paperback Library 52-211 $0.50 176
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Contact 1965-08-00 ed. Noel Keyes Paperback Library 52-837 $0.50 176
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Contact 1965-08-00 ed. Noel Keyes Paperback Library 52-837 C$0.50 176
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Untouched by Human Hands 1967-04-00 Robert Sheckley Four Square Books 1804 3/6 125
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Untouched by Human Hands 1967-12-00 Robert Sheckley Ballantine Books U2855 $0.50 169+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Van Aardse Smetten Vrij 1968-00-00 Robert Sheckley Bruna (Zwarte Beertjes #1163) 1163 ƒ2.50 187
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Dick Bruna Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1970-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Canfield Press   $ xi+
324
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Fred Cantor Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1970-05-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Harper & Row   $6.95 xi+
324
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Fred Cantor Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1971-07-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Sidgwick & Jackson 0-283-48473-X £2.50 xi+
312
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Les univers de Robert Sheckley 1972-05-03 Robert Sheckley OPTA (Club du Livre d'Anticipation #37)     xxxviii+
418
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Science Fiction 3 1973-00-00 ed. Robert Pierce, Murray Suid Houghton Mifflin      
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction 1973-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Perennial Library / Harper & Row 0-06-080306-1 $1.50 xiv+
303
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Robert Sheckley Omnibus 1973-10-00 Robert Sheckley Gollancz 0-575-01677-9   320
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
As Tomorrow Becomes Today 1974-00-00 ed. Charles W. Sullivan Prentice-Hall 0-13-050021-6 $4.95 xv+
456
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
As Tomorrow Becomes Today 1974-00-00 ed. Charles W. Sullivan Prentice-Hall 0-13-050039-9 $7.95 xv+
456
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ... 1974-02-07 ed. Bonnie L. Heintz, Frank Herbert, Donald A. Joos, Jane Agorn McGee Holt, Rinehart and Winston 0-03-010796-2   x+
619
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Tales of Terror from Outer Space 1975-00-00 ed. R. Chetwynd-Hayes Fontana (Fontana Tales of Terror) 0-00-613960-4 £0.45 190
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Robert Sheckley Omnibus 1975-00-00 Robert Sheckley Penguin Books 0-14-003982-1 £0.80 392
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll David Pelham Checkmark
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow ... 1976-00-00 ed. Bonnie L. Heintz, Frank Herbert, Donald A. Joos, Jane Agorn McGee Holt, Rinehart and Winston 0-03-010796-2   x+
619
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1978-00-00 ed. Patricia Warrick, Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph Olander Harper & Row 0-06-046943-9   xviii+
476
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1978-06-00 ed. Patricia Warrick, Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph Olander Harper & Row 0-06-011626-9 $14.95 xviii+
476
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Mark Rubin Checkmark
Prodajalna svetov - znanstvenofantastične zgodbe?Prodajalna svetov - znanstvenofantasticne zgodbe
Prodajalna svetov - znanstvenofantastichne zgodbe
1979-00-00 ed. Drago Bajt,
Bogdan Gradišnik?Bogdan Gradisnik
Bogdan Gradishnik
,
Branko Gradišnik?Branko Gradisnik
Branko Gradishnik
Mladinska Knjiga     197
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Peter Jepson  
Untouched by Human Hands 1979-03-00 Robert Sheckley Ace Books 0-441-84680-7 $1.75 214
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Olivia Checkmark
The Wonderful World of Robert Sheckley 1979-11-00 Robert Sheckley Bantam Books 0-553-12905-8 $1.95 xii+
195
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
The Wonderful World of Robert Sheckley 1980-00-00 Robert Sheckley Sphere 0-7221-7759-3 £1.00 209
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Le livre d'or de la Science-Fiction: Robert Sheckley 1980-03-28 Robert Sheckley Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5075) 2-266-00880-3   349
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll W. Siudmak Checkmark
Sirius, #54 1980-12-05 ed.
Borivoj Jurković?Borivoj Jurkovic
Borivoj Jurkovich
Vjesnik   20 din. 148
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Checkmark
Urania #880 1981-03-22 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 880 1,200 Lit 204
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Karel Thole  
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1981-10-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Hutchinson 0-09-145770-X £6.95 370
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1983-00-00 ed. Kingsley Amis Penguin Books 0-14-006382-X £2.95 365
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Mick Brownfield Checkmark
Histoires de voyages dans l'espace 1983-04-00 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3780) 2-253-03150-X   444
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Cl. Gozlan Checkmark
The Robert Sheckley Omnibus 1984-00-00 Robert Sheckley Penguin Books 0-14-003982-1 £2.50 392
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Adrian Chesterman  
Najbolje svetske SF priče 1984?Najbolje svetske SF price 1984
Najbolje svetske SF priche 1984
1984-00-00 ed.
Zoran Živković?Zoran Zivkovic
Prosveta (Kentaur #77)     236
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Histoires de voyages dans l'espace 1984-02-00 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3780) 2-253-03150-X   444
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Cl. Gozlan Checkmark
Histoires de voyages dans l'espace 1986-10-00 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3780) 2-253-03150-X   444
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Cl. Gozlan Checkmark
The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley: Book One 1991-09-00 Robert Sheckley Pulphouse Publishing     331
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley 1991-09-00 Robert Sheckley Pulphouse Publishing   $150.00 5 Vol.
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Checkmark
The Collected Short Fiction of Robert Sheckley: Book One 1992-07-00 Robert Sheckley Pulphouse Publishing 1-56146-420-1 $12.95 331
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
The SF Collection 1994-08-00 ed. Edel Brosnan Chancellor Press 1-85152-317-0 £4.99 501
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Flying Sorcerers 1997-08-00 ed. Peter Haining Souvenir Press 0-285-63388-0 £16.99 267
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Josh Kirby  
The Flying Sorcerers 1998-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Ace Books 0-441-00577-2 $5.99 x+
320
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Walter Velez Checkmark
Science Fiction: Contemporary Mythology: The SFWA-SFRA Anthology 1998-00-00 ed. Joseph Olander, Patricia Warrick, Martin Harry Greenberg HarperCollins 0-06-046943-9 $15.62  
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Flying Sorcerers 1998-11-00 ed. Peter Haining Ace Books 0-441-00577-2 $5.99 304
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Walter Velez  
The Flying Sorcerers 1999-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Orbit 1-85723-725-0 £6.99 372
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Josh Kirby  
Scheibenwahn 1999-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #9037) 3-453-15602-1 DM 14.90 430
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Josh Kirby Checkmark
The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy 1999-02-00 ed. Peter Haining Orbit 1-85723-725-0 £5.99 xi+
372
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Josh Kirby Checkmark
The Flying Sorcerers 2001-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Orbit 1-85723-725-0 £6.99 xi+
372
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Josh Kirby Checkmark
The Monsters and Other Science Fiction Tales 2008-04-00 Robert Sheckley Wildside Press 978-1-4344-7005-8 $14.95 138
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Checkmark
A Sheckley Trilogy: Three Classic Tales of Science Fiction 2008-04-14 Robert Sheckley Wonder Audiobooks, LLC      
digital audio download?Digital recording in any format that is downloaded directly from the Internet. This category includes podcasts.
coll Checkmark
Der widerspenstige Planet 2009-12-00 Robert Sheckley Heyne (Meisterwerke der Science Fiction) 978-3-453-52562-7 €10.95 [1]+
700
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Hauptmann & Kompanie Werbeagentur Checkmark
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction 2010-08-01 ed. Rob Latham, Veronica Hollinger, Joan Gordon, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Arthur B. Evans, Carol McGuirk Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-6955-4 $39.95 xviii+
767
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Georges Méliès Checkmark
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction 2010-08-01 ed. Rob Latham, Veronica Hollinger, Joan Gordon, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Arthur B. Evans, Carol McGuirk Wesleyan University Press 978-0-8195-6954-7 $85.00 688
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
"The Perfect Woman" and Other Stories 2011-06-09 Robert Sheckley Armchair Fiction (Armchair Fiction Masters of Science Fiction #3) 978-1-61287-040-3 $16.95 320
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Ed Valigursky  
Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley 2012-05-01 Robert Sheckley New York Review of Books (NYRB Classics) 978-1-59017-494-4 $17.95 xi+
396
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Keith Carter Checkmark
Anthropomorphic Aliens: An Interstellar Anthology 2014-07-03 ed. Fred Patten FurPlanet Productions 978-1-61450-192-3 $19.95 301
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Roz Gibson Checkmark
The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics' Anthology of Science Fiction date unknown ed. Robert Silverberg Perennial Library / Harper & Row 0-06-080306-1 $1.95 xiv+
303
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
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