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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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.
After a long ...
"You can call me Linda." "Thank you, Miss Linda." "Are you serious about never
drinking, Jim?" "Yeah." "Well, happy days." "And long nights." "I like that, too. Is it
your own?" "Gee, I don't know. It's sort of the usual bartender's routine, a specially
"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 are they
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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