"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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"Yes, he wants it for the demiurge of our next neighbor universe, driving his
cornucopion full of goodies into its earliest history." "Preposterous. Nothing
comes out of a singularity in any condition to discuss information theory." "He
finesses the ...
I felt a moment's queasiness as an odd vibration jarred me. Looking back, I saw
that the control panel was glowing with several colors. "Still," I said, "he's
providing direction. What's wrong with that?" "The demiurge becomes, in effect,
God," he ...
"And?" "We will die, but the demiurge will change its state and continue on. At
least another anthropically-endowed universe will come of this, no matter how
warped. That is something to be grateful for. Perhaps analogues of ourselves will
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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