Alfred Bester, 1913-1987

December 18

Alfred Bester was born on today’s date in 1913. The pulp writer, television and radio scribe and editor is one of the writers featured in The Beginner’s Guide to Pulp Fiction.

A member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, Bester got his start by winning a story contest sponsored by Thrilling Wonder Stories. His story, “The Broken Axiom,” won Bester $50 and was published in the April 1939 issue.

Bester published several more stories in Thrilling Wonder Stories, Startling Stories and Astounding Science Fiction over the next couple years. In 1942, Bester began writing for DC Comics, then scripted episodes of several radio programs, including The Shadow and Nick Carter, Master Detective.

In the 1950s, Bester returned to writing science fiction short stories and novels, which he would do on-and-off along with other various writing and editing jobs until his death in 1987.

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