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The Resource Alfred Bester, Jad Smith

Alfred Bester, Jad Smith

Label
Alfred Bester
Title
Alfred Bester
Statement of responsibility
Jad Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Alfred Bester's classic short stories and the canonical novel The Stars My Destination made him a science fiction legend. Fans and scholars praise him as a genre-bending pioneer and cyberpunk forefather. Writers like Neil Gaiman and William Gibson celebrate his prophetic vision and stylistic innovations. Jad Smith traces the career of the unlikeliest of SF icons. Winner of the first Hugo Award for The Demolished Man , Bester also worked in comics, radio, and TV, and his intermittent SF writing led some critics to brand him a dabbler. In the 1960s, however, New Wave writers championed his work, and his reputation grew. Smith follows Bester's journey from consummate outsider to an artist venerated for foundational works that influenced the New Wave and cyberpunk revolutions. He also explores the little-known roots of a wayward journey fueled by curiosity, disappointment with the SF mainstream, and an artist's determination to go his own way"--
  • "Like Asimov and Heinlein, Alfred Bester (Dec 18, 1913-Sep 30, 1987) began his career in science fiction as a pulp fictioneer and finished it as a Grand Master, but he followed a far more curious path than either of his big-name contemporaries. He focused on SF intermittently during his nearly fifty years as a professional writer, maintaining few ties with the field. He started his career in SF and finished it there as well, but in between, he kept to a pattern of voyage and return, putting SF aside for two extended intervals, first to script comics, radio mysteries, and teleplays and later to work as a magazine columnist and editor. Bester's reputation today rests primarily on a handful of widely reprinted stories and two landmark novels from his most productive period in the 1950s: The Demolished Man (1953), an SF-murder mystery hybrid that won the first-ever Hugo Award for Best Novel, and The Stars My Destination (1957), a sleekly savage and adult space opera that gained a cult following among readers. For most of his career, Bester's reputation remained that of an outsider. But over time and partly in his absence, Bester's reputation grew into more than just that of an outsider. Movers and shakers among later generations of writers--Michael Moorcock, Samuel R. Delany, Harlan Ellison, M. John Harrison, William Gibson, and Bruce Sterling, among them--came to regard Bester's work as pivotal to SF's development"--
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Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Smith, Jad
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3552.E796
LC item number
Z85 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Modern Masters of Science Fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bester, Alfred
  • Bester, Alfred
  • Science fiction, American
  • Authors, American
  • Bester, Alfred
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • Authors, American
  • Science fiction, American
Label
Alfred Bester, Jad Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction Alfred Bester: The Insider's Outsider -- Chapter 1 Beginnings: Early Life and First Stories -- Chapter 2 Of Things to Come: The Astounding and Unknown Stories -- Chapter 3 Comics, Radio, and the Return to SF -- Chapter 4 The Eureka Years -- Chapter 5 Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright -- Chapter 6 Hiatus and Search for a New Style -- Conclusion -- An Alfred Bester Bibliography
Control code
946905367
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
208 pages
Isbn
9780252040634
Lccn
2016021556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946905367
Label
Alfred Bester, Jad Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction Alfred Bester: The Insider's Outsider -- Chapter 1 Beginnings: Early Life and First Stories -- Chapter 2 Of Things to Come: The Astounding and Unknown Stories -- Chapter 3 Comics, Radio, and the Return to SF -- Chapter 4 The Eureka Years -- Chapter 5 Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright -- Chapter 6 Hiatus and Search for a New Style -- Conclusion -- An Alfred Bester Bibliography
Control code
946905367
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
208 pages
Isbn
9780252040634
Lccn
2016021556
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)946905367

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