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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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Never , " Linda said adamantly . “ I don ' t care how much it costs . A piano is a
lifetime investment , and it ' s worth it . " She was frantic with excitement as they
drove uptown to the Steinway showroom , and helpful and underfoot by turns .
They call me Jim , ma ' am . No thanks . Never drink on duty . " “ Then come off
duty and join me . " “ Never drink off duty , ma ' am . ” “ You can call me Linda . " “
Thank you , Miss Linda . " “ Are you serious about never drinking , Jim ? " “ Yeah .
I got to thank you for taking that shot at me , Linda . ” “ I didn ' t shoot at you , " she
protested . “ It was an accident . " “ The luckiest accident in the world . They could
be passing through and never know about us . But what the hell kind of guns ...
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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