"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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"I followed the time-trail to Etruscan Italy," I went on, "and I'd no idea till I ran the
ID after I'd found him that it was the same guy who'd stolen the last singularity
from the people in the box. When I learned that, I'll admit I was tempted.
Nothing comes out of a singularity in any condition to discuss information theory."
"He finesses the Crunch and the Bang singularities. Never enters them, never
departs. The real trick is for it all to achieve the Strominger Effect and preserve
"We're slowing," Adam said, moving to the opposite wall where he helped Prandy
to her feet. "We're approaching the moment at which I acquired the singularity
and the Haven." "What happens then?" "He will position us, then accelerate to the
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Life is just too short. Let's be completely honest: we all pick up books for various reasons. A recommendation from a trusted friend. It was up front in the airport bookshop. Written by a favorite ... Read full review
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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