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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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'Anthony Valera, Chairman, Vortex Syndicate, 69 Old Slip, CB: 0210-0012-036-
216291'?" "In the waiting room, mathth-ter." "By God, Charles, a potential client.
Now you may have your chance to watch my genesis from start to finish. Come
But she is not to make demands. Nevertheless she will, of course, be faithful to
me." "These parameters are preposterous," Corque exclaimed indignantly. "Not
at all, Charles, not at all," Manwright soothed. "Mr. Valera is merely describing
"You know," Valera said slowly, "that's rather astute. Dominie. What would you
advise? I'm all anticipation!" "The acid in any woman who can hold a man: the
unexpected, the quality that makes it impossible to live with them or without them.
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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