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Design: Evan Gaffney
Subtitled "The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester" - this retrospective is from the 3rd pass through Bester's fiction. Contains 8/11 of Starburst (1958) and 6/7 of The Dark Side of the Earth (1964) - those 2 constitute the "first pass" that collected Bester's short stories. From the "second pass" (which selected from the first 2 collections and included some previously uncollected material) - this book contains 8/11 of Star Light, Star Bright (1976) and 4/8 of The Light Fantastic (1976.) There is another book of the "3rd pass" - Redemolished - which has no overlap with this volume, containing longer fiction plus articles and reviews. None of the 3 passes are "perfect" - each set has stories not found in other sets. Most of Bester's most famous stories are found here, so I strongly recommend it.
Introduction by Robert Silverberg
Copyright 1997. "And 3-1/2 to Go" and "The Devil Without Glasses" were original to this edition; "The Flowered Thundermug" was original to The Dark Side of the Earth (1964.) The rest first appeared in from 1941 to 1979: (1 each) in Star SF 2 and Omni, (2) in Astounding, and (10) in The Magazine of F&SF (from 1951 to 1963.)