Simak, Clifford. “Shadow Show.” Strangers in the Universe. New York: Berkley Publishing, 1950.
Reason read: June is National Short Story Month.
The show of life must go on, even though one of the key actors has passed away. Bayard Lodge, Chief of Life Team 3 with psychologist Kent Forester, must figure out how to keep their play going. Much back and forth debate is given to the question of who did the dead man embody? What was his part? Just who would be missing from the group? Unfortunately, the end was predictable but it was entertaining read all the same.
Author fact: Simak won awards for his short stories but none for the ones I am reading for the Challenge.
Book trivia: Strangers in the Universe is a very thematic book.
Nancy said: Pearl considers “Shadow Show” one of Simak’s best and shouldn’t be missed.
BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror” (p 213).