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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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General Carpenter asked for one hundred million men . The army was given one
hundred million men . General Carpenter asked for ten thousand U - Bombs . Ten
thousand U - Bombs were delivered and dropped . The enemy also dropped ...
I asked . “ I mean projection , Mr . Venice . Projection ! That ' s the danger . . . and I
won ' t say any more . I ' ve said too much as it is . " I heard steps outside , and a
hoarse voice singing softly : “ Be fleet be fleet , cool and discreet , honey .
Bruxton asked . “ To feel it , ” Strapp answered . “ There ' s always the nuance
involved in a Decision . It ' s the most important factor . " They left the office and
the parade began : the security squad , the burly men , the secretaries , the clerk ,
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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