Starburst (Alfred Bester)

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Starbust 1st edition cover.jpg
Cover of first edition.
AuthorAlfred Bester
Cover artistRichard M. Powers
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherSignet Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages160 pp

Starburst is a collection of science fiction stories by American writer Alfred Bester, originally published in paperback by Signet Books in 1958. Signet issued at least four reprint editions of the collection over more than twenty years; British editions were published by Sphere Books and Pan Books.


"Oddy and Id" was originally published as "The Devil's Invention". "The Starcomber" was originally published as "5,271,009".[1]


Anthony Boucher praised Starburst as "one of the most notable single-author collections ever published in our field."[2]


  1. ^ Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections
  2. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, August 1958, p.107.