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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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What ' s she got ? " the paleface asked . My English returned . “ What ' s your
name ? " “ Good Lord ! I ' ve been working in your office for two months ... What
are you doing here ? When I fire them they stay fired . What d ' you want from me
You know what that sounded like ? The Lexington Avenue subway . " “ The
subway ? " “ Uh - huh . The local train . " “ That ' s crazy . How could the subway
be running ? " “ I didn ' t say it was . I said it sounded like . I ' ll have another ,
What ' s all this about a job ? " “ It ' s wonderful , ” Jinny said with conviction . “
Afternoons only . From one to six . It pays thirty - five dollars . I do research . " “
What kind of research ? " “ Statistical . . . on floods and fires and wrecks and so on
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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