"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 client was seated but stood up politely when we entered the reception room:
a skinny college boy in his late teens, dark, pale skin, big head, melancholy eyes,
dressed in the post-Federal style. "How do, sir," Maser said pleasantly. "Nice of ...
Show me what it can do." "All right." She looked past me, out from the grove,
across the field toward the hills. Abruptly, the countryside vanished. We stood in a
gray place of diffuse lighting, three- dimensional clusters of variously-colored
They stood so for several moments, and both of them began to steam to the point
of indistinctness. Then, "No!" Cagliostro cried. "You can't — " "Yes, I can," Urtch
said. When the steam had fled only a single figure stood before the controls.
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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