“The Prize of Peril,” Robert Sheckley, 1958 — Raeder is a contestant on The Prize of Peril, a reality tv show who is being hunted by killers for a live television audience. Although the audience participates by calling in Good Samaritan tips, by the end of the game, Raeder knows that they don’t really want to help an “average man” like him. Their hero is the “blank-eyed gunman, Thompson, Capone, Billy the Kid, Young Lochinvar, El Cid, Cuchulain, the man without human hopes or fears.”
Comments: Read in Best of the Best.
Author: Wikipedia: “Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 – December 9, 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 broadly comical.”