Star Light, Star Bright: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, Volume 2
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Star Light, Star Bright: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, Volume 2

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Alfred Bester. Star Light, Star Bright. New York: Putnam, [1976]. First edition, first printing. Octavo. 248 pages.

7 • Adam and No Eve • (1941) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
22 • Time Is the Traitor • (1953) • novelette by Alfred Bester
46 • Oddy and Id • (1950) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
64 • Hobson's Choice • (1952) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
81 • Star Light, S...more
Mass Market Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1979 by Fontana (first published 1976)
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Of the two collections Bester published in this year, this is by far the better. Some of the stories have aged badly ("Adam and No Eve", in which a Last Man discovers he needs no Last Woman in order to seed the reemergence of life billennia hence, "Oddy and Id", which assumes Freud was right), but others are humdingers even unto this day. In "Time is the Traitor" we have a love story involving an interstellar serial killer. "Hobson's Choice" might well have been one of the definitive time-travel...more
Nick Tramdack
I think prefer Bester's long form work over his short stories. The tales in this book are all entertaining and often very funny, but the scales kind of fell from my eyes a little when I realized that Bester is constantly treating the same plots over and over again.

-last man and woman on earth / first man and woman on earth

-unfairly persecuted hero strikes back against everyone

-guy with uncontrollable secret power based on Freudian principles

At his best, Bester displays a wry awareness of this re...more
Megan Baxter
This is a solid, if not spectacular, collection of short stories. The problem is, based on the two Bester novels I've read, I expect spectacular. I expect him to bend language to his will and plunge headlong into experimentation and emerge with gems. In this collection, only one story explores those aspects of his writing that I've most enjoyed in the past. For the rest, they were entertaining, but I don't really expect them to stay with me in the same way The Stars My Destination and The Demoli...more
The best stories here I think are "Hobson's Choice" and the eponymous one. Also "The Pi Man" achieved a certain transcendent wackiness. A couple others were alright...but "They Don't Make Life" was unspeakably bad (have no idea why he included that one in here). Maybe the most interesting material of all was the reminiscence at the end, especially his weird weird meeting with J W Campbell.
Tom Loock
I read this one a long time ago (pre-1980)
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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.
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