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The Light Fantastic: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, Volume 1

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7 • 5,271,009 • (1954) • novelette by Alfred Bester
47 • Ms. Found in a Champagne Bottle • (1968) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
51 • Fondly Fahrenheit • (1954) • novelette by Alfred Bester
74 • Comment on Fondly Fahrenheit • (1970) • essay by Alfred Bester
78 • The Four-Hour Fugue • (1974) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
99 • The Men Who Murdered Mohammed • (1958) • short
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Mass Market Paperback, 223 pages
Published 1979 by Fontana (first published 1976)
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John
Mar 02, 2010 John rated it it was ok
This collection and Bester's Star Light, Star Bright (also 1976) were bound up together by the SFBC, 'way back when, as Starlight: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, which is the form in which I've just read the two collections. I'd assumed my notes would be about just the single bumper volume; however, my take on the books was significantly different, so I decided to split up the two sets of blethering. I vaguely recall that when, some decades ago, Pan paperbacks first released these boo ...more
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May 06, 2012 TrumanCoyote rated it liked it
I thought the only really good story here was "Mohammed." The "5000000" basically read like a stunt (and I would've said that even without reading AB's intro, wherein we find that in fact it was a stunt). Too often Alfie tends to lean on the literary equivalent of special effects, which gives his writing a slambang quality, like a dog hanging its head out a car window on the freeway. As with Bradbury, the whole thing soon becomes tiresome if there's nothing underneath to support all that hoopla. ...more
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Apr 25, 2013 Logan rated it really liked it
Again, it's his clear and terse prose mingled with his mostly subtle fucked-upness that has made me a big fan of this guy. He doesn't have a huge catalog of books, so I may have to dig up the DC comics he wrote for back in the 50 and 60s to see if his askew view makes it into them.
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Highlights: "Fondly Fahrenheit," "Disappearing Act," parts of the other stories.
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Alfred Bester (1913–1987) was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books.

Though successful in all these fields, he is best remembered for his science fiction, including The Demolished Man, winner of the inaugural Hugo Award in 1953, a story about murder in a future society where the police are telepathic, and The St
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