STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT: THE GREAT SHORT FICTION OF ALFRED BESTER VOLUME II. New York: Berkley / Putnam, . Octavo, printed wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. The second of two volumes comprising this seminal collection of short fiction, stories mostly first published in the 1950s, including "Fondly Fahrenheit," a SF horror tale from 1954 which is perhaps the darkest and finest robot story yet written, a cautionary tale that should be read and reread by those into AI. Bester's middle period stories along with novels from the same decade "are about the best SF ever published. They define the genre they inhabit." - John Clute. "The collected stories of this talented author ... Contains the early 'Hell is Forever' (1942) as well as such fifties classics as 'Fondly Fahrenheit' and 'The Men Who Murdered Mohammed.' Punchy, flamboyant tales, all." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 211. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-117. A fine copy. An uncommon proof. (#103974).