Alfred Bester





Alfred Bester

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born
in New York, The United States
December 18, 1913

died
September 30, 1987

gender
male

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American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books.

His novel The Demolished Man (1953) won the very first Hugo Award for best novel.


Average rating: 4.07 · 45,708 ratings · 2,469 reviews · 140 distinct works · Similar authors
The Stars My Destination
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 21,929 ratings — published 1955 — 73 editions
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The Demolished Man
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 15,832 ratings — published 1951 — 11 editions
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Virtual Unrealities: The Sh...
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Psychoshop
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The Computer Connection
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 635 ratings — published 1975 — 17 editions
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Golem 100
3.15 of 5 stars 3.15 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 1980 — 10 editions
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The Deceivers
3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 279 ratings — published 1981 — 16 editions
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Dark Side of the Earth
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Starlight: The Great Short ...
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Starburst
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More books by Alfred Bester…
“Faith in faith' he answered himself. 'It isn't necessary to have something to believe in. It's only necessary to believe that somewhere there's something worthy of belief.”
Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination

“You pigs, you. You rut like pigs, is all. You got the most in you, and you use the least. You hear me, you? Got a million in you and spend pennies. Got a genius in you and think crazies. Got a heart in you and feel empties. All a you. Every you...'

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Take a war to make you spend. Take a jam to make you think. Take a challenge to make you great. Rest of the time you sit around lazy, you. Pigs, you! All right, God damn you! I challenge you, me. Die or live and be great. Blow yourselves to Christ gone or come and find me, Gully Foyle, and I make you men. I make you great. I give you the stars.”
Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination

“Be grateful that you only see the outward man. Be grateful that you never see the passions, the hatreds, the jealousies, the malice, the sicknesses... Be grateful you rarely see the frightening truth in people.”
Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man

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