"Brisk, fast, memorable, a rare improvisational duet from two of our best". -- Greg Bear, from the Introduction
The Black Place of the Soul-Changer was doing business in Rome six centuries before Christ. It will probably be there on the last day of the cosmos. This is the Psychoshop, where you can dump any unwanted aspect of your spirit as long as you exchange it for something else -- arcane knowledge, a change of luck, or a sixth sense. Just remember: All sales are final.
Half finished upon Bester's death, and completed by Zelazny, Psychoshop envisions a commercial establishment that attracts customers from Edgar Allan Poe to a sorcerer intent on fabricating the Beast of Revelations. Brimming with wit and imagination, scandalously sexy and fabulously strange, Psychoshop is science fiction as you've never read it before.
"Alfred Bester was one of a handful of writers who invented modern science fiction". -- Harry Harrison, author of Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat
"Let there be light, and let there always be Roger Zelazny". -- Philip Jose Farmer, author of To Your Scattered Bodies Go
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The proper term sounds something like 'Kaleideion' in your tongue — if indeed it
is truly your tongue." "Of course it is. Why shouldn't it be?" She was all over me for
a moment, then still and hugging. "You wouldn't lie to me, would you, Alf?" she ...
It could never spread to the point of importance. From focusing on it, though,
someone in a later age might be able to make guesses as to the Kaleideion's
development." "Very poor guesses, I would say, since the nature of this business
is so ...
"How is this so different from you guys winnowing, breeding, selecting, tailoring to
produce your Kaleideion? Sounds as if you might even have stolen the notion
from those who wanted to see their entire race that way — a fully democratic end
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What do you get when you mix a half-finished Alfred Bester novel with the work of Roger Zelazny? In this case, you get something that is almost Philip K. Dick. Almost, but not quite. After Bester’s ... Read full review