The Computer Connection

Alfred Bester
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Bester's Comedy, Not a Masterpiece


The Computer Connection is recognizably Alfred Bester's style, but I don't think it's one of his best books. His skill with language and his unstoppable energy shines through the pages, but the story does not reach the level of mastery that I remember from The Demolished Man or The Stars My Destination. The Computer Connection has been described as Bester's take on a screwball comedy, and it is definitely full of over-the-top characters and absurd situations. However, I was troubled by the stereotype-driven portrayals of various non-white cultures, particularly the Cherokee. It was interesting to read a novel written later in Bester's career, but I wouldn't recommend it for a first taste of his work.

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