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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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Sixteen hundred dollars," Vandaleur wept. "That's all. Sixteen hundred dollars.
My house was worth ten thousand. The land was worth five. There was furniture,
cars, my paintings, etchings, my plane, my — And nothing to show for everything
A dollar seventy-five. Look." "To hell with the expense. Let's live a little. Make it a
double, bartender. You know something, Jim? If you stayed in town, I could show
you where all your heroes lived. Thank you. Happy days. I could take you up to ...
It cost a hundred dollars." "Nine'nine-fif'y." "Now come on, honey." "Fm." He rolled
his eyes in exasperation and then undressed her, carefully hanging up the basic
black cocktail frock, and standing the sixty-dollar pumps in a corner. He could ...
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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