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       With two novels and a handful of short stories, most of them written in a short burst in the 1950s, Alfred Bester opened out the possibilities of the sf field both as vehicle for story-telling and as a way of looking darkly at the world and human psychology. The Demolished Man is a psychological thriller in which a tycoon decides to kill a rival and get away with it in an era in which telepathic cops catch every serious criminal; both in its sparkling portrayal of multi-person mind-to-mind dialogue, and in its narrative trickery, the story of Ben Reich and his nemesis Lincoln Powell is one of sf's most effective contributions to the noir thriller. The other is Tiger,Tiger (aka The Stars My Destination); if The Demolished Man is Crime and Punishment with telepaths, Tiger,Tiger is The Count of Monte Cristo with teleportation and interplanetary war. Left to die in a shattered spaceship, illiterate spacehand Gully Foyle swears vengeance and remakes himself as master criminal and dilettante socialite, and changes the worlds around him in the process. Tiger, Tiger is also an inventive working through of a conceit from bastardized Freudianism--Foyle is at one level a symbol for the unbridled id. Bester's later novels are considerably less important--with these two books, he helped shape both the New Wave and cyberpunk.


BIBILIOGRAPHY

Novels

The Demolished Man (1951) Download

Who He? (1953) aka The Rat Race

Tiger! Tiger! (1956) aka The Stars, My Destination

The Computer Connection (1975) aka Extro

Golem 100 (1980)

The Deceivers (1981)

Tender Loving Rage (1991)

Psychoshop (1998) (with Roger Zelazny)

The Flowered Thundermug: A Science Fiction Comedy (2008)

Short stories

The Die-Hard

The Four Hour Fugue

Hell Is Forever

Ms. Found In A Champagne Bottle

Oddie And Id

Out Of This World

The Roller Coaster

The Starcomber

Travel Diary

Adam and No Eve (1941)

The Push of a Finger (1942)

Of Time and Third Avenue (1951)

Hobson's Choice (1952)

Disappearing Act (1953)

Star Light, Star Bright [short story] (1953)

Time Is the Traitor (1953)

5,271,009 (1954) Download

Fondly Fahrenheit (1954)

The Stars My Destination (1956)

The Men Who Murdered Mohammed (1958)

The Pi Man (1959)

Will You Wait? (1959)

They Don't Make Life Like They Used To (1963)

The Flowered Thundermug [short story] (1964) Download

Something Up There Likes Me (1973)

The Four-Hour Fugue (1974)

Galatea Galante (1979)

3 1/2 to Go (1997)

The Devil Without Glasses (1997)

Non fiction

The Life and Death of A Satellite (1966)

Experiment Perilous: Three Essays on Science Fiction (1983) (with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Norman Spinrad)

Novellas

The Starcomber (2013)




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