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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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Good morning , Mr . Lundgren . This is Peter Marko . Guy in the penthouse . Right
. Mr . Lundgren , be my personal rabbi and get some workmen up here this
morning . I want those two baths converted into one . No , I mean it . I ' ll leave five
Next morning Mayo was again awakened by the clatter of dispossessed ducks .
The red balloon was sailing on the surface of the pond , bright in the warm June
sunshine . Mayo wished it was a model boat instead of the kind of girl who got ...
Arno is not wearing his glasses . It would be most unpleasant . " Arno said : “ You
' re an inconsiderate young man , Doctor . You ' ve made a lot of trouble for Mr .
Coven . " “ I blocked Starr this morning , " Coven went on , “ at the cost of hurling ...
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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