Bester, Alfred

Bester, Alfred

▪ American author
born Dec. 18, 1913, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died Oct. 20?, 1987, Doylestown, Pa.

      innovative American writer of science fiction whose output, though small, was highly influential.

      Bester attended the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1935). From 1939 to 1942 he published 14 short stories in science-fiction magazines; among these early stories was “Hell Is Forever” (1942), which in its fast pacing and obsessive characters anticipated the style of his major novels. He then wrote scenarios for superhero comic books and scripts for radio and television, and he created English-language librettos for operas by Giuseppe Verdi (Verdi, Giuseppe) and Modest Moussorgsky (Mussorgsky, Modest). His first novel was the satiric non-science-fiction work Who He? (1953).

      Bester's first major work, the novel The Demolished Man (1953), traces the search of Lincoln Powell, a telepath, for the murderer Ben Reich, who proves to be the embodiment of Powell's dark subconscious. Bester's second novel was Tiger! Tiger! (1956; U.S. title, The Stars My Destination). His fiction often employed narrative techniques—such as interior monologue—that were new to science fiction, and he paid more attention to character than was usual in the genre. He published several short-story collections, including Starburst (1958) and The Dark Side of the Earth (1964). During the 1960s and early '70s, he was a writer for and then editor of Holiday magazine, which left him little time for his own writing; but he returned to science fiction when Holiday ceased publication. Among his later works are The Computer Connection (1975; also published as Extro), Golem100 (1980), and The Deceivers (1982).

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