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By Jad Smith

Alfred Bester's vintage brief tales and the canonical novel The Stars My Destination made him a technological know-how fiction legend. lovers and students compliment him as a genre-bending pioneer and cyberpunk forefather. Writers like Neil Gaiman and William Gibson have a good time his prophetic imaginative and prescient and stylistic techniques. Jad Smith lines the profession of the unlikeliest of SF icons. Winner of the 1st Hugo Award for The Demolished Man , Bester additionally labored in comics, radio, and television, and his intermittent SF writing led a few critics to model him a dabbler. within the Nineteen Sixties, even if, New Wave writers championed his paintings, and his popularity grew. Smith follows Bester's trip from consummate outsider to an artist commemorated for foundational works that stimulated the recent Wave and cyberpunk revolutions. He additionally explores the little-known roots of a wayward trip fueled by way of interest, sadness with the SF mainstream, and an artist's decision to move his personal way.

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