Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester

Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester

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Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester by Alfred Bester, Roger Zelazny

"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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.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. "
—Harry Harrison

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679767831
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1997
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 666,389
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Alfred Bester (1913-1987) was an American science fiction author, screenwriter, and editor. He is considered one of the founders of modern science fiction. His 1953 book The Demolished Man has the distinction of being the inaugural winner of the Hugo Award for best novel. He was the ninth Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America and in 2001 was inducted into the Science Fiction Writers Hall of Fame.

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