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nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories--two of them previously unpublished--that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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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... approximately casual . “ I thought you might like to look it over with me . " “
Have you got a watch on you ? " Halsyon asked . Restraining his start of surprise
at Halsyon ' s normal tone , the art dealer took out his pocket watch and displayed
Jeff , put down that watch . " “ Ten , fifteen , twenty , twenty - five . . . " “ What the
devil ' s the point of counting minutes ? " " Well , ” Halsyon said reasonably , “
sometimes they lock the door and go away . Other times they lock up and stay
and spy ...
It ' s a cold - blooded trick so he can watch ' em in action . " “ But what ' s he
looking for ? " “ I don ' t know yet , " Alceste said , “ but I ' m going to find out . I got
a little trick figured . It ' s taking a chance , but Johnny ' s worth it . " It happened in
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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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