Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
"Dazzlement and enchantment are Bester's methods. His stories never stand still a moment."
—Damon Knight, author of Why Do Birds
Alfred Bester took science fiction into hyperdrive, endowing it with a wit, speed, and narrative inventiveness that have inspired two generations of writers. And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.
Read about the sweet-natured young man whose phenomenal good luck turns out to be disastrous for the rest of humanity. Find out why tourists are flocking to a hellish little town in a post-nuclear Kansas. Meet a warlock who practices on Park Avenue and whose potions comply with the Pure Food and Drug Act. Make a deal with the Devil—but not without calling your agent. Dazzling, effervescent, sexy, and sardonic, Virtual Unrealities is a historic collection from one of science fiction's true pathbreakers.
"Alfred Bester was one of the handful of writers who invented modern science fiction. "
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Three Saturdays later, the headlines read: Oddy Gaul 57-Army 0. "Snell and
Rumination!" Coach Hig Clayton swore. "How does he do it? There's nothing
sensational about that kid. He's just average. But when he runs, they fall down,
chasing him. When he kicks, they fumble. When they fumble, he recovers." "He's
a negative player," Gravy-Train answered. "He lets you make the mistakes, and
then he cashes in." They were both wrong. Oddy Gaul was a monster. With his
choice of any ...
"I do." On March 20, the war broke. The Comity of Nations and Der Realpolitik
aus Terra mobilized and struck. While blow followed shattering counterblow,
Oddy Gaul was commissioned subaltern in a line regiment, but gazetted to
Intelligence on May 3. On June 24 he was appointed A.D.C. to the Joint Forces
Council meeting in the ruins of what had been Australia. On July 11, he was
brevetted to command of the wrecked Space Force, being jumped 1,789 grades
over regular officers.
The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester Alfred Bester, Byron Preiss, Keith R. A.
DeCandido. But that was Jesse Migg's last sane statement. Now, of course, he
adores Gaul the Glorious, Gaul the Gauleiter, Gaul the God Eternal who has
achieved the savage, selfish satisfaction for which all of us unconsciously yearn
from birth, but which only Oddy Gaul has won. STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT T I he
man in the ODDY AND ID 37.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing
Not a definitive collection, but much overlap w/ Starburst, which I just read. ? Kind of overwhelming to read that much Bester in such a short span of time. ? He really is much more modern than most ... Read full review
VIRTUAL UNREALITIES: The Short Fiction of Alfred BesterUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ... Read full review
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