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Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester By Alfred Bester Virtual Unrealities The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 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

  • Title: Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
  • Author: Alfred Bester
  • ISBN: 9780679767831
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester By Alfred Bester 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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or audacious than in these seventeen short stories two of them previously unpublished that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.Read aboutAlfred Bester took science fiction into hyperdrive, endowing it with a wit,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And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or audacious than in these seventeen short stories two of them previously unpublished that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.Read about the sweet natured young man whose phenomenal good luck turns out to be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 pathbreakersNTENTS Disappearing ActOddy and IdStar Light, Star Bright 1953 5,271,009 1954 Fondly Fahrenheit 1954 Hobson s Choice 1952 Of Time and Third Avenue 1952 Time is the Traitor 1953 The Men Who Murdered Mohammed 1958 The Pi Man 1959 They Don t Make Life Like They Used To 1963 Will You Wait 1959 The Flowered Thundermug 1964 Adam and No Eve 1941 And 3 1 2 to GoGalatea Galante 1979 The Devil Without Glasses
    Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester By Alfred Bester

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    1. Matt on said:

      My first experience reading Bester was The Stars My Destination I still think it is the definitive example of how Bester best managed all of his gifts It s a lean book, yet it contains a great revenge adventure story, with sci fi concepts to impress the intellectually curious, and every word is vital Most of the short stories in this collection felt as if they were padded with dialogue or provided verbiage that didn t necessarily move the stories along Reveals didn t always justify the pages of [...]

    2. Palmyrah on said:

      One of the great amateur savants of science fiction A collection of short stories fizzing with wild imagination yet presenting the same old tropes over and over again Very confusing and quite unlike anything else you ve ever read pulp fiction written by a polymath.Bester s sardonic humour sparkles throughout People in the advertising business will spot a whole bunch of in jokes the rest of you won t.

    3. Andy Love on said:

      I ve always gotten a great deal of enjoyment out of Bester s work, and this book has most of my favorites of his I was pleased to see that I still enjoyed almost all the stories as much as I did the first time I read them though the ones I didn t like, I still don t , starting with Disappearing Act This story grabs me almost immediately from There are fighting generals vital to an army , political generals vital to an administration , and public relations generals vital to an administration Fort [...]

    4. Sarah Sammis on said:

      Virtual Unrealities is a collection of Alfred Bester s short stories published over the course of his career The last story in the set, The Devil without Glasses was previously unpublished It was on my wishlist after a book blogger was raving about his works and I had only read one of his books.Bester s stories remind me of Twilight Zone episodes, the originals, not the remakes They start simply and then something becomes into focus as being off One small detail will set everything off kilter an [...]

    5. Nihal Vrana on said:

      Qualitywise the stories are not even close to his novels I think that Bester s style is suited for longer stories Also the content of the stories were less polished, they dwelt on contemporary stuff too much Which made them forgettable when you read them some 60 odd years later This is one of the reason I generally don t read books again, after reading these stories I suspect that I have read Bester s book at a very impressionable time of my life and I wouldn t enjoy them as much now My favorit [...]

    6. Tony on said:

      VIRTUAL UNREALITIES the Short Fictin of Alfred Bester 1997 Robert Silverberg intro .Once again, how do you rate a book of short stories without rating each one You can t What I can say is that each story in this collection demonstrates Bester s originality and imagination in a way that was different from his contemporaries He really seemed to care about his characters and their feelings, whether they were in the past, present, or future Bester is best known for his two Hugo winning novels The De [...]

    7. Cynthia on said:

      This is an excellent and strong short story collection by Alfred Bester It s particularly worth noting for me, anyway because it has one of my favorite short stories, The Pi Man, a bizarre and delightful story about a man who feels compelled to respond to the greater patterns of the universe Also included in this collection are other excellent reads such as The Flowered Thundermug , a story where America has rediscovered it s culture after everything was destroyed in the war a Cold war era story [...]

    8. Chris Bauer on said:

      The Stars My Destination was always one of my favorite classic sci fi novels and when I saw the chance to dig into some of Bester s short fiction works, I jumped at it.The stories in the collection, were for me, a bit hit and miss The ones I enjoyed were very good, but there were than a few which did not appeal to me I m sure some of that comes from the fact that the stories are products of their time and just don t translate well to me in the 21st century Those stories which I liked, I REALLY [...]

    9. Erik on said:

      The book just arrived and I m in Bester Heaven He s like watching the old Twilight Zone at 3 A.M There s also some great old New York lore in here, like if you know what a Third Avenue character is I feel like I know Bester My favorites were in order The Devil Without Glasses, Time is the Traitor, They Don t Make Life Like They Used To, Fondly Fahrenheit, The Flowered Thundermug, Will You Wait , Oddy and Id, Star Light, Star Bright and Disappearing Act.

    10. Jim on said:

      I suppose most of these stories come under the umbrella dated which doesn t mean they re bad Beethoven s Fifth is pretty dated but that they are a certain sort of story, the kind I associate with Ray Bradbury and Asimov and that s not bad company But on top of that they re well written stories, not literary masterpieces but than just decent yarns I m not sure I know of any science fiction work that is a literary masterpiece but, if it exists, I d love to read it.

    11. Lee on said:

      Picked this up b c I liked the coverok Maybe you can tell a book by its cover Hadn t read scifi in a looong time This was so refreshing and brilliant and, best of all, it wasn t what all the geeks are were reading, so I could one up them A lotta ppl don t even know his work outstanding.

    12. Kathy on said:

      this collection of short stories really showcases Bester s humorous writing style and his revolutionary for his time ideas it was like reading a bunch of episodes of the twilight zone i didn t give it 5 stars because some of the stories were weird and i really couldn t get in to them, although even those ones were still interesting, given his style.

    13. Elisa Berry on said:

      The best sci fi short stories ever Each of these little darlings is a work of art, they come alive on the page and reading them some forty years later, are astonishingly on the mark Bester is a craftsman, a philosopher, a visionary All the things that can make science fiction great.

    14. Paul, on said:

      Bester s short fiction is good, but in my opinion it doesn t match his novels I did enjoy Bester s interaction with psychological fantasies and their inherent emptiness.

    15. Patrick on said:

      His short fiction is not as good as his two best novels, but Alfred Bester s work always ranks among the best in mid 20th century SF pour moi.

    16. Víkingur Fjalar on said:

      The time travel classic The Men Who Murdered Mohammed is my favorite sf short story of all time.

    17. Steve on said:

      Alfred Bester is mostly known for two of his science fiction novels, The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination These are two of the most respected science fiction novels ever written.Some of Bester s short fiction is excellent as well The title of this book, Virtual Unrealities The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, seems to me to imply that all of Bester s short fiction is in this collection However, according to the science fiction and fantasy website ISFDb, of Bester s stories have been l [...]

    18. Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death) on said:

      Disappointing Bester s imagination is on display here as much as it is in The Demolished Man and The Stars my Destination, but without a tight story to channel it he seems too prone to self indulgence Some of the stories seem to be wackiness for its own sake and at other times when Bester tries to make a philosophical point he forgets to write a compelling story and all but locks two characters in a room together to let them talk it out.There are some good stories in this collection Fondly Faren [...]

    19. Joel Julian on said:

      Disappearing Act 3.5Oddy and Id 2.5Star Light, Star Bright 3.55,271,009 3.5Fondly Fahrenheit 3.5Hobsons Choice 4Time and Third Avenue 3.5Time Is The Traitor 4.5The Men Who Killed Muhammad 4Pi Man 3.5They Don t Make Life Like They Used To 4Will you wait 3The flowered thunder mug 2.5Adam and No Eve 2.5Galatea Galante 2The Devil Without Glasses 4.5

    20. Michael on said:

      This one is a very mixed bag Had it been a hundred and twenty pages shorter and absent some of the longer stories I would have loved it all the and given it five stars But this is one of those instances in which the you read of a writer s short work, the you realize how very good his best stuff is.I came across Bester when I was fifteen or so, via his two classic SF novels The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination, and I loved both They were what I needed when I needed them, and they le [...]

    21. Peter Carrier on said:

      The two pieces of a soul are music and pain I had mixed feelings about this collection On the one hand, it had some very Bester esque stories or moments within stories Acerbic observations, grating characters, and harsh dialogue, all built around some incredibly novel ideas what happens when a man looks to make a profit on his immortal soul the idea of creating a soulmate for another person and all of the deliciously awkward results you might expect thereby the eternity of the ego, the world and [...]

    22. Gregg Wingo on said:

      Bester is one of those great science fiction writers who expanded the definition of the genre by just dropping in every once in a while Unlike Anthony Burgess, literary critic and author, or Daniel Keyes, a comic book editor and literature professor, Bester was a professional writer for travel magazines for most of his career But like Burgess and Keyes his novels were seminal events in the ghetto years of science fiction In the 1950s, he produced two novels, The Demolished Man , winner of the fi [...]

    23. Mike on said:

      Bester is a name I knew, and I m sure I d read some of his stories in multi author collections, but I didn t have a clear mental picture of what his writing was like I m glad I picked up this collection, since it has some excellent stories in it The first few ring the changes on the idea that a lot of the stereotyped plots of the pulp magazines were adolescent wish fulfilment, and real people would encounter a very different experience if time travel, or several other common tropes, actually cam [...]

    24. Pavlovsky on said:

      Alfred Bester je jeden z t ch autor , co na m ud lal v ml d obrovsk dojem Jeho Hv zdy m j osud byla pro m obrovsk pecka a ka d jeho pov dka byla ud lost A tak jsem se k n mu po l tech vr til a s p ekvapen m zjistil, e toho zase tak moc nenapsal D lal v echno mo n a sci fi si nech val jen tak na voln chv le Mo n i proto, e je z jeho pov dek jasn vid t, e ho technick str nka probl m zase tak moc nezaj m Sp to, co se lidem odehr v v mozku Bl se v c Dickovi ne Clarkovi Jeho v ci jsou poetick , sarka [...]

    25. John M. Burt on said:

      This is a story which stands out for its unusual lighthearted tone, and this from an author who was noted for writing in a whole palette of unusual lighthearted tones It s also a very good take on the Grandfather Paradox, and actually finds something new to say about it, which even at the time it was written was a challenge.I liked it well enough to swipe the title, the general outline of the story and the lighthearted tone for my own story, The Men Who Saved JFK johnmburtwrites 2The only thing [...]

    26. Ilya on said:

      A reprinting of several of Bester s fantastic stories from the 1950s One science fiction horror story involves an early form of Nigerian spam as a major plot element a character goes around the country looking for people named Buchanan and telling them that for a small fee, he will do genealogical research on whether they are the rightful heirs of President James Buchanan Another story has a far future historian looking at the 20th century and making many hilarious anachronistic mistakes such as [...]

    27. Owain Lewis on said:

      Nothing here with the verve, bite or general kickassery of The Stars My Destination a novel that not only broke new ground but smashed it into little pieces and reformed it in incredible and exciting new arrangements or the slightly less kickass but still pretty hefty in that department The demolished Man The stories felt kinda magaziney in their instantly forgettableness They fizzed and crackled and zinged but nothing really stuck for me in the way say Phil Dick s The Skull did, which is a cork [...]

    28. Sergii Khomenko on said:

      What about books I could memorize a great book and And what Go back far enough into the past to anticipate the real author You d be anticipating the public too A book doesn t become great until the public s ready to understand it It doesn t become profitable until the public s ready to buy it What about going forward into the future I ve already told you It s the same problem only in reverse Could a medieval man survive in the twentieth century Could he stay alive in street traffic Drive cars Sp [...]

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