"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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Merci! Merci! I am the tenth Count Alesandro di Cagliostro." "Ah yes," Adam
smiled. "Descended from the original Cagliostro, adventurer, magician, liar, cheat
. Died in the fortress prison of San Leo in 1795." "I have that honor, M'sieur Maser
"Bonjour, M'sieur. How are you? Is M'sieur Maser in, is leMaitre in?" he asked. "
Afraid not. Perhaps I can help you, Count." "Is he expected back soon?" "I'm not
sure when he'll be back. He's taking care of a little personal business." "Ah, c'est ...
"This place is a ship, ouil I mean the controls by which M'sieur Maitre brought it
here." "Oh," I said, recalling Glory's recounting that it had once been some sort of
vessel they'd ridden in from the future. "I don't know. It's not relevant for my story.
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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