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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"Oh," Halsyon said. "I suppose Snider phoned. I'd forgotten about that." "Mister
Snider," his mother said. "And Mrs. Field," his father said. "Look," Halsyon began.
"We'd better get this straightened out. Will you listen to me for a few minutes? I
have something startling to tell you and we've got to plan what to do about it. I — "
He yelped. His father had taken him by the ear and was marching him down the
hall. Parents did not listen to children for a few minutes. They did not listen at all.
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
exists independent of ideas concerning it. And so he hangs midway between
obverse and reverse.
"You said something? You spoke? You boke you moke you koke you loke you ..."
"This is Starr. Will you listen? Can you listen? This is an emergency." "Who?" "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
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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