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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"I must remind you," the android said, "that I am worth fifty- seven thousand
dollars on the current exchange. I must warn you that you are endangering
valuable property." "You damned crazy machine," Vandaleur shouted. "I am not a
I shouted. "A state directive supersedes all private commands," the android
answered. "I must point out to you that — " "Get the hell away from the wheel,"
Vandaleur ordered. I clubbed the android, yanked him sideways, and squirmed
over him ...
Vandaleur took a deep breath and prepared to submerge until the flame passed
over them. The android shuddered and burst into an earsplitting scream. "All reet!
All reet!" it shouted. "Be fleet be fleet!" "Damn you!" I shouted. I tried to drown it.
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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A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been ...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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