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Alfred Bester

Author: Jad Smith
Publisher: Urbana ; Chicago ; Springfield University of Illinois Press 2016
Series: Modern masters of science fiction
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Alfred Bester's classic short stories and the canonical novel The Stars My Destination made him a science fiction legend. Fans and scholars praise him as a genre-bending pioneer and cyberpunk forefather. Writers like Neil Gaiman and William Gibson celebrate his prophetic vision and stylistic innovations. Jad Smith traces the career of the unlikeliest of SF icons. Winner of the first Hugo Award for The Demolished  Read more...
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Named Person: Alfred / Criticism and interpretation Bester; Alfred Bester; Alfred Bester; Alfred Bester
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jad Smith
ISBN: 9780252082139 0252082133 9780252040634 0252040635
OCLC Number: 968687175
Description: 208 Seiten : Illustrationen
Contents: Introduction Alfred Bester: The Insider's Outsider --
Chapter 1 Beginnings: Early Life and First Stories --
Chapter 2 Of Things to Come: The Astounding and Unknown Stories --
Chapter 3 Comics, Radio, and the Return to SF --
Chapter 4 The Eureka Years --
Chapter 5 Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright --
Chapter 6 Hiatus and Search for a New Style --
Conclusion --
An Alfred Bester Bibliography.
Series Title: Modern masters of science fiction
Responsibility: Jad Smith.

Abstract:

"Alfred Bester's classic short stories and the canonical novel The Stars My Destination made him a science fiction legend. Fans and scholars praise him as a genre-bending pioneer and cyberpunk forefather. Writers like Neil Gaiman and William Gibson celebrate his prophetic vision and stylistic innovations. Jad Smith traces the career of the unlikeliest of SF icons. Winner of the first Hugo Award for The Demolished Man , Bester also worked in comics, radio, and TV, and his intermittent SF writing led some critics to brand him a dabbler. In the 1960s, however, New Wave writers championed his work, and his reputation grew. Smith follows Bester's journey from consummate outsider to an artist venerated for foundational works that influenced the New Wave and cyberpunk revolutions. He also explores the little-known roots of a wayward journey fueled by curiosity, disappointment with the SF mainstream, and an artist's determination to go his own way"--.

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"Readable, knowledgeable, insightful, and altogether a success."--James Gunn "This volume is a smart, compact examination of a writer who deserves more attention."--Science Fiction Studies "With Read more...

 
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