Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester

By Alfred Bester

"Dazzlement and appeal are Bester's equipment. His tales by no means stand nonetheless a moment."
—Damon Knight, writer of Why Do Birds

Alfred Bester took technological know-how fiction into hyperdrive, endowing it with a wit, velocity, and narrative inventiveness that experience encouraged generations of writers. And nowhere is Bester funnier, swifter, or extra audacious than in those seventeen brief stories—two of them formerly unpublished—that have now been introduced jointly in one quantity for the 1st time.

Read in regards to the sweet-natured younger guy whose extraordinary reliable success seems to be disastrous for the remainder of humanity. discover why travelers are flocking to a hellish little city in a post-nuclear Kansas. Meet a warlock who practices on Park street and whose potions agree to the natural nutrients and Drug Act. Make a take care of the Devil—but now not with no calling your agent. fantastic, bubbling, attractive, and sardonic, digital Unrealities is a old assortment from considered one of technological know-how fiction's actual pathbreakers.

"Alfred Bester used to be one of many handful of writers who invented glossy technological know-how fiction. "
—Harry Harrison

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Instant Love: Fiction

By Jami Attenberg

“We are all strolling round this urban with our hearts unfortunately swimming in our chests, like loss of life fish at the floor of a nonetheless pond. It’s sufficient to make you surrender entirely.” —from Instant Love

But we don’t surrender. We maintain attempting. We’re both too silly to profit from our blunders or we truthfully think that the following time might be diversified; it’s tough to assert which. pushed by way of the mad hopefulness that's a part of the human situation, we're consistently falling out and in of affection with a touch varied model of the individual that got here sooner than. Jami Attenberg chronicles these unique moments with heartbreaking realism in her robust debut, Instant Love.

Told in the course of the eyes of 3 younger women and their associates and lovers, quick Love explores what it capability to be in love, what it skill to be lonely, and what it potential to be either even as. Holly turns to laptop courting to discover love while she thinks wistfully of a former boyfriend who enjoyed her good and fed her ice cream. Maggie recounts the tale of her one loopy summer season to her disbelieving husband and feels the gap among them develop wider than the void throughout their king-sized mattress. And Sarah Lee recalls the person who received away and the single she ran clear of, the entire whereas relocating towards the single she will really love.

As Holly, Maggie, and Sarah Lee go through the rituals of contemporary love, they must come to a decision who's worthy taking an opportunity on in a global the place issues don’t fall into position simply, individuals are frequently tough, and sadness is the guideline. via their tales, Attenberg provides a unprecedented, sincere examine love.

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Horse of a Different Color: Stories

By Howard Waldrop

"If Philip okay. Dick is our homegrown Borges (as Ursula okay. Le Guin as soon as said), then Waldrop is our very American magic-realist, as resourceful and playful as early Garcia Marquez or, greater but, Italo Calvino. . . . You by no means comprehend what he will get a hold of subsequent, yet in some way it is usually a Waldrop story."—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"Waldrop subtly mutates the previous, extrapolating the adjustments into the most insightful, and regularly fun, tales being written today."—The Houston Post

"The such a lot startling, unique, and interesting brief tale author in technological know-how fiction today."—George R. R. Martin

"It consistently sounds like Christmas while a brand new Howard Waldrop assortment arrives."—Connie Willis

Howard Waldrop's tales are keys to the secrets and techniques of the tales behind the tales . . . or maybe the tales between the tales each person else is aware. From "The Wolfman of Alcatraz" to a scary Hansel and Gretel, from "The Bravest lady I Ever Knew" to the 6th Marx brother's tale of a vaudeville act monitoring down the Holy Grail, this new assortment is a wunderkammer of strangeness.

Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now dwelling in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His hugely unique books comprise Them Bones and A Dozen difficult Jobs, and the collections Howard Who?, evening of the Cooters, Other Worlds, Better Lives, and Things just isn't the Same. He gained the Nebula and global fable Awards for his novelette "The grotesque Chickens."

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Stories: All-New Tales

By Neil Gaiman, Al Sarrantonio

"The pleasure of fiction is the enjoyment of the mind's eye. . . ."

The top tales pull readers in and retain them turning the pages, wanting to observe more—to find the solution to the query: "And then what happened?" the real hallmark of significant literature is superb mind's eye, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio turn out with this notable assortment, by way of nice fiction, all genres are equivalent.

Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the boundaries of creative fiction and presents the very best writers within the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the chance to interact, guard their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed paintings defies effortless categorization and transcends all limitations, and "master anthologist" (Booklist) Sarrantonio individually invited, learn, and chosen all of the tales during this assortment, and their usual for this "new literature of the mind's eye" is excessive. "We desired to learn tales that used a lightning-flash of magic as a manner of unveiling us anything now we have already obvious one thousand occasions as though we now have by no means visible it at all."

Joe Hill boldly aligns subject matter and shape in his demanding story of a man's descent into evil in "Devil at the Staircase." In "Catch and Release," Lawrence Block tells of a professional fisherman with a expertise for catching a chew of one other style. Carolyn Parkhurst provides a dismal twist to sibling contention in "Unwell." Joanne Harris weaves a story of historic gods in smooth manhattan in "Wildfire in Manhattan." Vengeance is the center of Richard Adams's "The Knife." Jeffery Deaver introduces a devoted psychologist whose undertaking in lifestyles is to avoid wasting humans in "The Therapist." A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is on the darkish middle of Neil Gaiman's novelette "The fact Is a collapse the Black Mountains."

As it transforms your view of the area, this really good and visionary volume—sure to turn into a classic—will ignite a brand new appreciation for the unlimited realm of outstanding fiction.

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Beatriz and the Old Lady (A Short Story)

By Cristovão Tezza

When Beatriz, lonely and determined for funds, areas an advert as a writing advisor within the neighborhood paper, her first customer is Dolores Maria Rubia de Alicanto, a majestic outdated widow who has employed her to transcribe the tale of her lifestyles. Beatriz is bowled over while the lady starts off with the phrases “My husband betrayed me…” and proceeds to relay a gripping tale of deception, crumbled wish, and vengeance. Left dazzled and trembling, Beatriz can’t strategy how known the main points of the tale think, and the calm tone of the storyteller either evokes and horrifies her.

Beatriz and the outdated Lady is the tale of an come across among strangers with a stunning mystery in universal.

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Adultery & Other Choices: Nine Short Stories and a Novella

By Andre Dubus

Dubus’s moment number of brief fiction: a compassionate portrayal of man’s trip from early life to maturity
 
For the youngsters partially certainly one of Andre Dubus’s Adultery & different Choices, adolescence is characterised by means of humiliation, alienation, and sadness: A son struggles to hook up with his far-off father, and later he needs to conquer a schoolyard bully. Then, for the warriors that inhabit half , carrier is synonymous with sacrifice, as marriages and limbs falter and fail. yet for the bitterly lonely spouse of a promiscuous professor, a hopeless affair with a demise ex-priest offers her with the energy essential to retake regulate of her life.
 
In the aptly titled follow-up to Separate Flights, Dubus expertly lines the arc of human lifestyles, and with sophisticated grace honors the boys and ladies he portrays with such devoted veracity.
 

This book beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Andre Dubus together with infrequent images and never-before-seen files from the author’s estate.

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The Palace Thief: Stories

By Ethan Canin

“Extraordinary for its craft and emotional impact . . . [Ethan Canin is] a author of large expertise and charm.”
The Washington Post

“Character is destiny,” wrote Heraclitus–and during this choice of 4 unforgettable tales, we meet humans suffering to appreciate themselves and the unforeseen turns their lives have taken. In “Accountant,” a crucial corporation guy turns into passionate about the exceptional good fortune of a reckless formative years good friend. “Batorsag and Szerelem” tells the tale of a boy’s fascination with the mysterious existence and invented language of his brother, a math prodigy. In “City of damaged Hearts,” a divorced father attempts to fathom the styles of contemporary relationships. And in “The Palace Thief,” a heritage instructor at an unique boarding tuition displays at the vicissitudes of a life-time reference to a pupil scoundrel. A impressive success via one in all America’s most interesting writers, this great quantity finds the moments of perception that remove darkness from daily lives.

“Captivating . . . a heartening tribute to the shape . . . a lovely performance.”
The Boston Sunday Globe

“A version of wit, knowledge, and empathy. Chekhov could have preferred its frank renderings and quirky ironies.”
Chicago Tribune

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The CALLSIGN: A Taskforce Story, featuring an exclusive excerpt from ENEMY OF MINE (Kindle Single): A Taskforce Story, Featuring an Excerpt from Ghosts of War (Pike Logan)

By Brad Taylor

In the 1st ever brief tale by means of Retired Delta strength officer Brad Taylor, the stakes couldn’t be larger as operator Pike Logan is going after the 1st Taskforce aim prime a staff he can’t totally trust.

Includes an exclusive preview of Brad Taylor’s hotly expected 3rd Pike Logan novel, Enemy of Mine, coming January 15, 2013.

Commissioned on the maximum point of the U.S. govt, and designed to function open air the boundaries of U.S. legislation, a brand new counter-terrorist unit often called the Taskforce has simply been shaped, yet no longer totally verified. before. Pike Logan has been given a crew of operators drawn from the CIA’s nationwide Clandestine carrier and the military’s exact Operations Forces with none say in opting for the boys on which he needs to rely. whereas executing an entire project profile workout on U.S. soil, a goal of chance seems ahead of the Taskforce is deemed undertaking able. compelled to execute, Pike and his group are despatched to Yemen to trace their first genuine aim. the way forward for the Taskforce is determined by their good fortune, but if Pike is challenged via one in all his personal, their straight forward challenge teeters near to catastrophe. the cost of failure will reverberate a lot deeper than the lack of the objective – instantly into the presidency itself.

Propulsive, compelling, and informed with unprecedented realism, The Callsign brings readers new perception into the origins of the Taskforce as they execute the 1st Omega operation in a constant and action-packed brief story.

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Crashlander

By Larry Niven

Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has lengthy been some of the most well known characters in identified house. Now, for the 1st time ever, Larry Niven brings jointly the entire Beowulf Shaeffer stories--including a brand-new one--in one lengthy story of exploration and event! PLUS--an all-new framing tale that draws jointly all of Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and permits Shaeffer and his kin to make a fresh begin at lifestyles as soon as and for all!

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