Virtual unrealities: the short fiction of Alfred Bester
A collection of science fiction stories, most of them reprints from the 1950s. In Hobson's Choice, tourists from the future visit our age to experience a nuclear war, while Adam and No Eve is on the world's last surviving male.
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fact, a creaky and pretty silly item full of pseudoscientific gobbledy- gook and
cardboard characters, which Bester himself spoke of later as "rotten." But silly
gobbledygooky stories were something that the garishly pulpy old Thrilling
This is how the critic Damon Knight put it in a 1957 essay: Dazzlement and
enchantment are Bester's methods. His stories never stand still a moment; they're
forever tilting into motion, veering, doubling back, firing off rockets to distract you.
There had been great changes in the science fiction field during Bester's eight-
year absence, and no need now existed for him to conform to the hackneyed pulp
magazine conventions. Before the war, there had been only one editor willing 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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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