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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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Hiatus and Search for a New Style

Hiatus and Search for a New Style

(p.164) Chapter 6 Hiatus and Search for a New Style
Alfred Bester

Jad Smith

University of Illinois Press

During the 1960s, Bester drifted away from SF for a second time and largely gave up fiction writing to work as an editor at Holiday magazine. When he returned to the field in the early 1970s, he found his reputation at an all-time high, in part because writers associated with the New Wave—Michael Moorcock, Samuel R. Delany, and Harlan Ellison, among them—had praised his work. This chapter looks at the ups and downs of Bester’s late career, giving particular attention to “The Four Hour Fugue,” Golem100, and the story collections The Light Fantastic and Star Light, Star Bright. It also discusses renewed interest in Bester’s fiction during the 1980s and his influence on cyberpunk.

Keywords:   Bruce Sterling, cyberpunk, golems, Gustav Meyrink, horror, New Wave, pastiche, William Gibson

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