Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
"Dazzlement and enchantment are Bester's methods. His stories never stand still a moment."
—Damon Knight, author of Why Do Birds
Alfred Bester took science fiction into hyperdrive, endowing it with a wit, speed, and narrative inventiveness that have inspired two generations of writers. And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.
Read about the sweet-natured young man whose phenomenal good luck turns out to be disastrous for the rest of humanity. Find out why tourists are flocking to a hellish little town in a post-nuclear Kansas. Meet a warlock who practices on Park Avenue and whose potions comply with the Pure Food and Drug Act. Make a deal with the Devil—but not without calling your agent. Dazzling, effervescent, sexy, and sardonic, Virtual Unrealities is a historic collection from one of science fiction's true pathbreakers.
"Alfred Bester was one of the handful of writers who invented modern science fiction. "
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Review: Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred BesterUser Review - Matt - Goodreads
My first experience reading Bester was 'The Stars My Destination'. I still think it is the definitive example of how Bester best managed all of his gifts. It's a lean book, yet it contains a great ... Read full review
Review: Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred BesterUser Review - Chris Duval - Goodreads
This is a remarkably consistent anthology--there aren't any weak stories. My favorites were: 'They Don't Make Life Like They Used to'(1963), a social satire in the form of absurdist post-apocalyptic ... Read full review
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