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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Jacques Charles, the brilliant mathematician who discovered Charles's Law (
sometimes known as Gay-Lussac's Law), which Boltzmann mentioned in his
lecture, had a lunatic passion to become a famous paleographer — that is, a
discoverer of ancient manuscripts. I think that being forced to share credit with
Gay-Lussac may have unhinged him. He paid a transparent swindler named
Vrain-Lucas 200,000 francs for holograph letters purportedly written by Julius
Caesar, Alexander the ...
There is an identity calling himself Starr, speaking in muffled, distorted tones, "
Charles. Charles Granville." The words shatter into filigree. "Clear transmission,
please. There is reverse interference." The blurring distorts, then clears. "
Granville. Charles Granville. Can you hear me?" The identity called Starr pauses.
"Will some of you get him to listen." "No response?" "None. He's the rare type who
cannot commit himself to anything because he cannot believe in a reality which
"Try to remember this. You must remember ..." "Who's that?" "Charles, we can
help you if you'll — " "/ can 't hear you. What? What?" "We're going to give you the
key. You must remember the key as it's unfolded. Charles, listen. Listen. Listen.
This is the unfolding. Listen to the pattern. Listen, Charles. Listen ..." The palm
jolted his jaw and made a sound like water in the ears. Granville turned his head
away. The slaps continued. Gardner repeated: "Listen, Charlie. Listen to me, boy.
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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 - Jane Doe - 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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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