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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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I ' ll always listen to you , " Oddy went on . “ I don ' t want to make any mistakes .
Ever ! " He paused and blushed again . “ That dream about being a king . . . I had
that when I was a kid . But here at the school I ' ve had something bigger .
I ' ll let you know when he ' ll be free next year . ” “ You ' ll never pull it off . I ' ll see
Johnny when and where I please . " “ Do you want him for a friend ? " Fisher
smiled unpleasantly . “ Then you ' ll see him when and where I please . Either you
What ' s your name ? " “ Mayo . Jim Mayo . " “ I ' m Linda Nielsen . " “ Yeah . Nice
meeting you . Why don ' t it go ? " “ Jim , I ' ve got a proposition for you . " “ Oh ? ”
He looked at her doubtfully . “ I ' ll be glad to listen , lady — I mean Linda , but I ...
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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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