"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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"And who's the woman?" "Mother Shipton," she said. "Not too much is known
about her, but — " "Mother Shipton," I said, "the British prophetess — sure. She's
supposed to have predicted the Great Fire of 1666 and a bunch of other events.
I already knew you could defend yourself." Glory passed the bag she'd brought to
the woman who stood before us. Mother Shipton was wrapped in countless
layers of nondescript dark garments. "I've brought some tea and biscuits," Glory
Mother Shipton sighed, reaching for the cup I passed her. "Many's the time I
wished I'd not had the Sight," she said. "For I often saw griefs none could forfend
against." She took a sip of tea. "Yet, 'tis the source of my income, and as you can
see I ...
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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