The Seventh Victim
What's it about?The Seventh Victim was written in 1953 by Robert Sheckley.
In a war-weary world people have devised a way to end all war: Reinstate the gladiatorial games of the past and turn man's innate violent tendencies into a voluntary, legal, murderous cat-and-mouse game. The Seventh Victim doesn't focus on the gladiatorial games but on the murderous cat-and-mouse game. Rechanneling Man's violence has successfully averted war, and we get a glimpse into a strange world where violence is "contained".
Here's a story excerpt:
... To stop the race from destroying itself ... rechannel Man’s violence.
Provide him with an outlet, an expression.
The first big step was the legalization of gladiatorial events, complete with blood and thunder. But more was needed. Sublimations worked only up to a point. Then people demanded the real thing.
There is no substitute for murder.