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release date: Jun 30, 2011
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The Stars My Destination
#5 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written. "Science fiction has only produced a few works of actual genius, and this is one of them"-Joe Haldeman "Bester at the peak of his powers is, quite simply, unbeatable" -James Lovegrove Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel that had intended to leave him to die. When it comes to pop culture, Alfred Bester (1913-1987) is something of an unsung hero. He wrote radio scripts, screenplays, and comic books (in which capacity he created the original Green Lantern Oath). But Bester is best known for his science-fiction novels, and The Stars My Destination may be his finest creation. With its sly potshotting at corporate skullduggery, The Stars My Destination seems utterly contemporary, and has maintained its status as an underground classic for fifty years. (Bester fans should also note that iPicturebooks has reprinted The Demolished Man, which won the very first Hugo Award in 1953.) Alfred Bester was among the first important authors of contemporary science fiction. His passionate novels of worldly adventure, high intellect, and tremendous verve, The Stars My Destination and the Hugo Award winning The Demolished Man, established Bester as a s.f. grandmaster, a reputation that was ratified by the Science Fiction Writers of America shortly before his death. Bester also was an acclaimed journalist for Holiday magazine, a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and even a writer for Superman.
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release date: Mar 17, 2014
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The Demolished Man
Winner of the First Hugo Award. #14 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written. "Bester's two superb books have stood the test of time. For nearly sixty years they've held their place on everybody's list of the ten greatest sf novels" -Robert Silverberg "One of the all-time classics of science fiction."-Isaac Asimov "Alfred Bester wrote with the pedal to the floor and the headlights on full beam. His work combined erudition with an unparalleled imaginative inventiveness. Bester was writing cyberpunk while William Gibson was still running around zapping the other kids at school with a toy raygun."-James Lovegrove In a world policed by telepaths, Ben Reich plans to commit a crime that hasn't been heard of in 70 years: murder. That's the only option left for Reich, whose company is losing a 10-year death struggle with rival D'Courtney Enterprises. Terrorized in his dreams by The Man With No Face and driven to the edge after D'Courtney refuses a merger offer, Reich murders his rival and bribes a high-ranking telepath to help him cover his tracks. But while police prefect Lincoln Powell knows Reich is guilty, his telepath's knowledge is a far cry from admissible evidence.
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1959
October 1959. Tenth anniversary issue, quite hard-to-find. Cover art by Ed Emshwiller. STORIES: "Starship Soldier" (serial, part 1 of 2) by Robert A. Heinlein (book publication as "Starship Troopers"); "The Man Who Lost the Sea" by Theodore Sturgeon; "And a Little Child . . ." by Zenna Henderson; "The Gilashrikes" by Charles G. Finney; "Operation Incubus" by Poul Anderson; plus more by Damon Knight, Alfred Bester, and others. FEATURES: Authors of Last Month's "Quintet" (essay); "The Height of Up" (science essay) by Isaac Asimov.
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release date: Nov 11, 1997
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Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
"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
release date: Dec 01, 1993
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Starlight: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
1976 Nelson Doubleday hardcover, Alfred Bester (The Stars My Destination). 16 stories by a master of science fiction. Space travel, time machines, runaway robots, wit, insanity, intelligence and non-stop imagination, Alfed Bester has crammed all of these and more into his new, dynamic 2-in-1 volume Starlight. Containing all the stories from both The Light Fantastic and Star Light, Star Bright, each tale in this mammoth collection opens up new vistas of wonder and amazement. - Amazon
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release date: Jun 30, 1998
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Psychoshop
The Black Place of the Soul-Changer was doing business in Rome six centuries before Christ. It will probably be there on the last day of the cosmos. You might call it a pawnshop, but its sign has three gold infinity symbols instead of the usual balls, and its Latin motto, Res Ullus, translates as "anything." This is the Psychoshop, where you can dump any unwanted aspect of your spirit as long as you exchange it for something else - arcane knowledge, a change of luck, or a sixth sense. Just remember: All sales are final.
In this genuinely mind-boggling novel, two of the most unfettered talents in speculative fiction envision a commercial establishment that attracts customers from Edgar Allan Poe to a sorcerer intent on fabricating the Beast of Revelations.
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series
Book Club/Doubleday, 1959. Hardcover with dustjacket. Selection of stories originally published in 1958/1959. Includes the award-winning novelette "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. Also, stories by Robert A. Heinlein, William Tenn, Walter Tevis, Brian W. Aldiss, and more.
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release date: Feb 01, 2000
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The Computer Connection
Alfred Bester's first science fiction novel since The Stars My Destination was a major event-a fast-moving adventure story set in Earth's future. A band of immortal-as charming a bunch of eccentrics as you'll ever come across-recruit a new member, the brilliant Cherokee physicist Sequoya Guess. Dr. Guess, with group's help, gain control of Extro, the supercomputer that controls all mechanical activity on Earth. They plan to rid Earth of political repression and to further Guess's researches-which may lead to a great leap in human evolution to produce a race of supermen. But Extro takes over Guess instead and turns malevolent. The task of the merry band suddenly becomes a fight in deadly earnest for the future of Earth. .
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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The Demolished Man
Gollancz SF Masterworks trade edition paperback, new In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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Demolished Man 1ST Edition Thus Signet 1105
In 2031, the police are trained to read minds. Crime is unknown, escape impossible. But in this crimeproof culture, waits a rebel--a man about to commit a murder so perfect, so startling that it will defy detection...
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