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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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The embrace was so concentrated that neither of the offending parties noticed
Henry Hassel glaring at them from the hallway. Now, remember Ampere and
Charles and Boltzmann. Hassel weighed one hundred and ninety pounds. He
"Kill my wife," Hassel snapped. He hung up. He returned to his laboratory. He
considered, still in a jealous rage. "Got to do something significant," he muttered.
"Wipe Greta out. Wipe it all out. All right, by God! I'll show 'em." Hassel went back
Hassel murmured. "It's me, coming back to murder Washington that first time. If I'd
made this second trip an hour later, I'd have found Washington dead. Hey!" he
called. "Not yet. Hold off a minute. I've got to straighten something out first.
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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 - 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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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