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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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Warbeck nodded. "I'm educated," he murmured. "Anybody named Buchanan is a
sucker for this setup. It's a switch on the Spanish Prisoner routine. I send them a
letter. Tell 'em there's a chance they may be one of the heirs. Do they want me to
Mr. Solon Aquila nodded his head emphatically, took out a cigarette, took out a
lighter, then paused, deep in thought. After a long moment, he nodded again, this
time with decision, and did an astonishing thing. He returned the lighter to his ...
Halsyon nodded, unable to speak. "I am a scoundrel, a black sheep, a
scapegrace, a blackguard. I am a remittance man. Yes. God damn! I am a
remittance man." Mr. Aquila's eyes turned into wounds. "By your standards I am
the great man of ...
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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