The Demolished Man

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

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Alfred Bester

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Born: 1913-12-18 Died: 1987-09-30 Biography: ...

Alfred Bester flew into life on the crest of the Great Depression. Prices collapsed into the abyss, the New York Stock Exchange writhed in convulsions, the invasion of the homeless bloomed Manhattan with a woeful multitude of patchwork quilts, and Hugo Gernsback, with the stubbornness of a fanatic, continued to supply pharmacies, butcher and pastry shops with the most affordable covers of two teasing issues at that time.

Emaising Stories ”...

Alfie Bester passed from school childhood to student youth, not letting go of the issue of the NF magazine. It was a fan to look for. And if the US government were a little more successful in dealing with the crisis, Bester would have published his first story not in the late, but in the early thirties - and, most likely, would soon disappear into oblivion, along with many other authors with whom John Campbell was bored.

mess around. But in the late twenties and early thirties, Bester had no t...

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Born: 1913-12-18 Died: 1987-09-30 Biography: ... Alfred Bester flew into life on the crest of the Great Depression. Prices collapsed into the abyss, the New York Stock Exchange writhed in convulsions, the invasion of the homeless bloomed Manhattan with a woeful multitude of patchwork quilts, and Hugo Gernsback, with the stubbornness of a fanatic, continued to supply pharmacies, butcher and pastry shops with the most affordable covers of two teasing issues at that time. Emaising Stories ”... Alfie Bester passed from school childhood to student youth, not letting go of the issue of the NF magazine. It was a fan to look for. And if the US government were a little more successful in dealing with the crisis, Bester would have published his first story not in the late, but in the early thirties - and, most likely, would soon disappear into oblivion, along with many other authors with whom John Campbell was bored. mess around. But in the late twenties and early thirties, Bester had no time for creativity. Reading was enough for him, and later he was spun by student confusion, and three universities - New York, Pennsylvania and Columbia - began to play Big Ping Pong with him. Somehow getting out of this whirlpool, Bester pulled himself together and carried his first creations to Trilling Wonder Stories. The credit for discovering Alfred Bester as a writer belongs to editor Mort Weisinger. In 1938, the first story of the twenty-five-year-old debutant was published and for three years A.B. connects fate with Trilling and Weisinger. In 1941, he lost interest in magazine fiction and moved to work as a screenwriter in a group of comic book authors. For four years, Batman, Captain Marvell and Superman become its heroes ... After the war, his ship takes off again. Love for science fiction acquires a somewhat nostalgic connotation, life experience leaves no room for infantilism, and the hand full of scripts reaches for the typewriter by itself. 1953 year. Great success! Bester`s novel Shattered (in Russian translation - The Man Without a Face) becomes the highlight of the season and next year receives the International Fantasy Prize and the newly established Hugo Prize. 1956 year. Success again: Bester publishes the novel "The Stars Are My Target" (another name is "Tiger! Tiger!"). The audience cries with delight and looks forward to the success, the third novel ... which does not appear. Bester deceived the expectations of amateurs and in the late fifties went to work as an editor for a respectable magazine "Holiday". For two decades. And for almost twenty years the world of science fiction has been living with the hope that Bester will come to his senses and write his third novel. And the writer, as if not noticing the groans of the languishing fandom, publishes collections of stories that only whet the public`s appetites, showing that Bester has not lost anything, that he is still in shape, that he does not break with fantasy at all ... For forty years work in fiction Bester has published less than a dozen books. Less than a dozen. Isaac Asimov became the author of two hundred and fifty volumes during the same period. Alfred Bester - 25 times less. What is laziness? Or unwillingness to cheat? But each new book of his became an event. And the collection "Star Burst". And the collection "The Dark Side of the Earth". And the book of journalism "The Life and Death of a Satellite." And the third novel is "Communication through a computer" (the second name is "Extra"; in Russian translation - "The Devil`s Interface"). And the fourth - "Golem 100" ... "© Fantasy OnLine $$ bester.jpg $$