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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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I was stumped, so I did the obvious thing; I called Celebrity Service. A delicate
young man answered. I asked, "Can you tell me where the Devil is?" "Are you a
subscriber to Celebrity Service?" "No." "Then I can give you no information." "I
"That's right. Seven months have elapsed. Are you sure you didn't ask for any
service?" "How could I? I didn't have a contract." "We'll see about this," Mrs.
Sphinx said grimly. She called BBDO and had a spirited argument with the Devil
and his ...
So long — " "Good-bye, sweetheart," Evelyn's clear voice said, "and is that what
you called me for?" "Called you!" A brown hulk disengaged itself from the hearth
rug and lifted itself to strong legs. Umber, Krane's mastiff, sniffed and cocked an ...
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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