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Alfred Bester

Jad Smith


Like Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction author Alfred Bester started his career as a pulp writer and finished it as a Grand Master, but he followed a far more curious path to the field’s highest honor than either of his big-name contemporaries. He focused on SF only intermittently yet, as a result, developed a distinctive, outsider approach that opened up avenues for cutting-edge vanguards such as New Wave and cyberpunk. Making extensive use of Bester’s unpublished correspondence, this book carefully examines Bester’s entire career, giving particular attention to how his work ... More

Keywords: cyberpunk, intertextuality, language play, metafiction, New Wave, nonstandard orthography, pulp fiction, pulp modernism, Tony Boucher, writable fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040634
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040634.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jad Smith, author
Eastern Illinois University