History Creator / AlfredBester

18th Jun '16 11:08:36 PM Doug86
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A highly influential science fiction author, Alfred Bester was pretty much the Orson Welles of the literary world: an overweight, gregarious man who took chances with the format like nothing seen before. His works include ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' (the first winner of the Hugo Award), ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'', and stories in comics like ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' and several [[Creator/DCComics DC]] characters. The latter gave us easily his most famous pop culture contribution in the Comicbook/GreenLantern oath. His short-story "Fondly Fahrenheit" was turned into a made-for-TV movie, ''Murder and the Android'' in 1959.

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A highly influential science fiction author, Alfred Bester was pretty much the Orson Welles of the literary world: an overweight, gregarious man who took chances with the format like nothing seen before. His works include ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' (the first winner of the Hugo Award), ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'', and stories in comics like ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' and several [[Creator/DCComics DC]] characters. The latter gave us easily his most famous pop culture contribution in the Comicbook/GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern oath. His short-story "Fondly Fahrenheit" was turned into a made-for-TV movie, ''Murder and the Android'' in 1959.
17th Jun '16 9:20:54 PM Doug86
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A highly influential science fiction author, Alfred Bester was pretty much the Orson Welles of the literary world: an overweight, gregarious man who took chances with the format like nothing seen before. His works include ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' (the first winner of the Hugo Award), ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'', and stories in comics like ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' and several [[DCComics DC]] characters. The latter gave us easily his most famous pop culture contribution in the Comicbook/GreenLantern oath. His short-story "Fondly Fahrenheit" was turned into a made-for-TV movie, ''Murder and the Android'' in 1959.

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A highly influential science fiction author, Alfred Bester was pretty much the Orson Welles of the literary world: an overweight, gregarious man who took chances with the format like nothing seen before. His works include ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' (the first winner of the Hugo Award), ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'', and stories in comics like ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' and several [[DCComics [[Creator/DCComics DC]] characters. The latter gave us easily his most famous pop culture contribution in the Comicbook/GreenLantern oath. His short-story "Fondly Fahrenheit" was turned into a made-for-TV movie, ''Murder and the Android'' in 1959.
10th Jun '16 11:56:42 PM Morgenthaler
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He was the namesake of characters in two later classic sci-fi TV shows, ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and a character in one of the ''CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' stories.

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He was the namesake of characters in two later classic sci-fi TV shows, ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and a character in one of the ''CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' stories.
28th Dec '15 9:29:35 AM 69BookWorM69
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* AnachronisticClue: * In "Disappearing Act", a few people during a war develop what seems to be an ability to teleport. Further investigation shows that they apparently travel in time. However, when a historian is brought in to research, it turns out all the stories are obvious {{Anachronism Stew}}s... because these people have found a way to literally spend time in their HappyPlace, even one which is a piece of HollywoodHistory.
13th Jun '14 6:00:21 PM Bissek
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* BadassCreed: He is credited with inventing the Green Lantern Oath.
12th Oct '13 10:06:22 AM DocLoki
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He was the namesake of characters in two later classic sci-fi TV shows, ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.

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He was the namesake of characters in two later classic sci-fi TV shows, ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and a character in one of the ''CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' stories.
14th Jul '13 1:47:29 PM DragonHawk
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* EarthAllAlong: In the short story "Adam and No Eve", an experimental space flight sets off a chain reaction that devastates and sterilized the world, leaving the pilot of the spaceship as the last survivor. [[spoiler: The story ends with the reveal that the planet will be reoccupied by life evolved from the pilot's gut microbes, and that present-day Earth is the result.]]

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* EarthAllAlong: In the short story "Adam and No Eve", an experimental space flight sets off a chain reaction that devastates and sterilized the world, leaving the pilot of the spaceship as the last survivor. [[spoiler: The story ends with the reveal that the planet will be reoccupied by life evolved from the pilot's gut microbes, and that present-day Earth is the result.]]
21st Apr '13 9:52:25 PM WillBGood
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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: ''Golem[[superscript:100]]'' has a place where two characters take drugs. The next ten pages or so are freaky concept art with no pictures. Then the text restores, and a policeman explains to them just what they were doing that time (each art piece represents about an hour of debauchery, such as streaking an entire city block).

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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: ''Golem[[superscript:100]]'' has a place where two characters take drugs. The next ten pages or so are freaky concept art with no pictures. minimal text. Then the regular text restores, and a policeman explains to them just what they were doing that time (each art piece represents about an hour of debauchery, such as streaking an entire city block).
21st Apr '13 9:51:52 PM WillBGood
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* ''Golem 100''

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* ''Golem 100''''Golem[[superscript:100]]''
8th Mar '13 1:41:51 PM Xtifr
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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: In "Adam and No Eve", a scientist develops a prototype spaceship using a kind of atomic engine, and poo-poos his colleagues fears that it will kill all life on Earth when he fires it up. He goes into orbit and returns to find that he's killed all life on earth. His solution is to die near some biomass and let the bacteria living in his gut start the evolution process all over again.


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* ForWantOfANail: "The Push of a Finger" is built around this trope: a future-predicting machine reveals that the Universe will be destroyed in one thousand years unless the protagonists find and avert the single event that'll put everything in motion. [[spoiler:it turns out to be a SelfFulfillingProphecy.]]
* InnBetweenTheWorlds / TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: ''Psychoshop'' has a sort of pawnshop that exists in the same place in nearly all universe, "where you can dump any unwanted aspect of your spirit as long as you exchange it for something else".
* LotusEaterMachine: In the short story "5,217,009", Jeffrey Halsyon is dumped into successive science-fiction-themed juvenile fantasies: in the first, he's the last fertile man on Earth, with all that implies. This turns out to be [[spoiler:an unorthodox method of psychiatric treatment]].
* {{Mutants}}: The escapism inherent in this trope was subverted as early as 1954, in the short story "5,271,009." Here, the main character is put in a ''LotusEaterMachine'' and experiences multiple juvenile fantasies, each of which is explained by "a mysterious mutant strain in his makeup that makes him different."
* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: The short story "5,271,009" explores this scenario (and a few other cliched-even-in-1954 sf wish-fulfillment scenarios) for the sole purpose of poking holes in it.
* ProjectedMan: ''Literature/TheComputerConnection'' apparently used this technique to replace both telephones (called "projecting") and advertising. The latter reversed the traditional payment scheme of advertising in that consumers could pay a monthly fee to maintain the insulation in their homes to keep the advertising ''out''.


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* WhichMe: "Fondly Fahrenheit", in which a man and his [[RobotMe android duplicate]] can't tell which of them he is, nor which of them is a murderer.
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