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Alfred Bester (1913-87) was born in New York and educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia. He was a scriptwriter and journalist by profession but he set the science fiction world alight with The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination and his extraordinary short stories in the 1950s, and blazed a trail for the sf New Wave of the 1960s and the cyberpunk writers of the 1980s.
Alfred Bester's classic tale of murderous revenge in a brilliantly realized, decaying and lurid twenty-fifth century is a masterpiece of science fiction, ablaze with savage images, brimming with stunning ideas, powered by a legendary character, forever contemporary, always an inspiration.