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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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Wasn ' t he murdered in 1775 ? " “ Really , Henry . That ' s an absurd question .
Everybody knows that George Wash — " “ Doesn ' t anybody know he was shot ?
" “ By whom ? " “ Me . " “ When ? " “ In 1775 . " “ How did you manage to do that ?
He marched straight up to Colonel Washington and shot him in the gizzard .
Colonel Washington collapsed , emphatically dead . The first murderer inspected
the body , and then , ignoring Hassel ' s attempt to stop him and engage him in ...
Black hair shot with grey . The features of a dissipated Caesar . The body terribly
crushed . Granville shot a look at Simmons . “ Why in hell is he grinning ? It ' s like
his one joy in life was to get himself smashed by a truck . Take me two hours to ...
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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