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Bester, Alfred (Writer)

(1913 - 1987)

Early in Alfred Bester's career he won a Sci Fi short story competition that his friend Robert Heinlein declined to enter. Heinlein instead sold his story to another magazine for $70, where as the prize was only $50.


Date Episode Title Plot
1976-04-06 0463 Boy Wonder (The) On a quest to find a missing child named Buchanan, his team slowly disappears one after another. It's no coincidence that...
1976-04-29 0478 Two Plus Two Equals Death A young architect is pulled into the maddening rush of the circus when he falls for an enchanting dancer. His troubles begin...
1976-05-20 0484 Walking Dead (The) In the future, all androids are mindless robots with one exception-- Rex, who is the most advanced of his kind. Society is...
1976-07-19 0499 Future Eye An investigator is sent back in time with a critical mission-- to secure a microchip which has a complete account of the...
1976-09-28 0526 One Girl in a Million A celebrity business consultant of the future, who makes his living helping corporations make huge decisions, searches the...
1976-11-30 0557 Now You See Them, Now You Don't The President wants to know the details of time travelers:  During World War 5, soldiers experiencing combat fatigue...
1977-01-06 0578 Man from Ultra (The) Solo Nakeela, an interstellar traveller who cannot know love, accidentally ruins the mind of the great Jeffrey Hale, a...

4 Responses to Bester, Alfred


One of my favorites!

I learned that Alfred Bester received the first Hugo Award given for his scifi mystery, "The Demolished Man", which I devoured. This morning as I was driving to work, I listened to "The Boy Wonder", first run on CBSRMT on April 6, 1976. Great story! He wrote six other scripts for CBSRMT as well, and I can't wait to check them out . I love it when I "discover" a great writer!

His best known work is "The Stars My Destination" -- a 1950s novella. Stephen King paid homage to Bester with the short story, The Jaunt published in Skeleton Crew. He was a prolific sci-fi writer from the 1950s through the 1970s. I have two of his works in my library -- the aforementioned and The Demolished Man.

Some Alfred Bester trivia... Author and Babylon 5 creator J.M. Strazinski paid tribute to Bester by naming his evil psi-cop character after him. Al Bester was played by Walter Koenig (Star Trek's Chekov).

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