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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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 .
She called BBDO and had a spirited argument with the Devil and his legal
department . Then she hung up . “ He says you shook hands on the deal March
first , ” she reported . “ He was prepared in good faith to go ahead with his side of
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 ...
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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