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Jad Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040634

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040634.001.0001

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Comics, Radio, and the Return to SF

Comics, Radio, and the Return to SF

(p.68) Chapter 3 Comics, Radio, and the Return to SF
Alfred Bester

Jad Smith

University of Illinois Press

During the 1940s, Bester scripted comics, radio mysteries, and teleplays, and developed a fast-paced, highly visual style that, along with an emphasis on psychological depth and language play, would later define his approach to SF. He also adopted writing practices (such as allowing ideas to gestate and recombine over time in a “gimmick” book) that fueled his explosive return to SF at the end of the decade. This chapter examines Bester’s growth into a seasoned writer and the circumstances of his return to SF. Particular attention is given to his parting of ways with John W. Campbell, to his budding relationship with Fantasy and Science Fiction editors Tony Boucher and J. Francis McComas, and to the stories “Oddy and Id” and “Of Time and Third Avenue.”

Keywords:   egotism, Green Lantern, language change, linguistics, neologism, Rabelais, radio mystery, scientist hero, self-pastiche, The Shadow

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