Title: Disappearing Act

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Title: Disappearing Act Title Record # 40430
Author: Alfred Bester
Date: 1953-00-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Note: There were two stories called "Disappearing Act" published in 1953. One by Alfred Bester and the other by Richard Matheson. Unfortunately, this created considerable confusion and many sources report this as a single story written by both authors.
Synopsis: During the War for the American Dream in the near future, a group of hospitalized veterans exhibit a novel way to escape from their traumatic reality.
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Translations
Year Language Title
1961 French On demande poète...
1966 Italian La scomparsa
1967 Russian Феномен исчезновенияQuestion mark [as by Альфред БестерQuestion mark]
1973 Dutch De Verdwijntruc
1975 French Un numéro d'escamotage
1976 German Die Nummer mit dem Verschwinden
1978 German Verschwindibus
1984 Spanish Numero de desaparición
2002 Italian Diserzione Finale

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1953-12-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books #H-55 $2.00 [4]+
195+
[2]
hc anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1953-12-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books #55 $0.35 [8]+
195
pb anth Richard Powers Checkmark
New Worlds Science Fiction, #29 November 1954 1954-11-00 ed. John Carnell Nova Publications Ltd.   1/6 128 digest mag Gerard Quinn Checkmark
Starburst 1958-05-00 Alfred Bester Signet #S1524 $0.35 160 pb coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Star of Stars 1960-10-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Doubleday   $3.50 240 hc anth Eric Carle Checkmark
Fiction Spécial No 3: 17 Récits d'anticipation passionnants 1961-00-00 ed. uncredited OPTA (Fiction Spécial #3)   F3.35 239 digest anth Jean-Claude Forest Checkmark
Star of Stars 1961-01-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Doubleday / SFBC   $1.20 240 hc anth Eric Carle Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1962-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books #612 $0.35 196 pb anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1964-00-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books #2223 3/6 234 pb anth Checkmark
Star of Stars 1964-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books #U2171 C$0.50 224 pb anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Star of Stars 1964-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books #U2171 $0.50 224 pb anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Starburst 1965-04-00 Alfred Bester Signet #D2672 $0.50 160 pb coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Starburst 1965-04-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library of Canada #D2672 C$0.50 160 pb coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Star Fourteen 1966-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Whiting & Wheaton   21/- 240 hc anth  
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1966-00-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books (US) #2223 $0.95 234 pb anth Checkmark
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1966-00-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books #2223 3/6 234 pb anth Checkmark
Dodici mondi 1966-07-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Edizioni dello Scorpione   850 Lit 219 pb anth Ferruccio Alessandri Checkmark
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd.   21/- xi+
145
hc anth  
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd. 0-08-303370-X 9/6 145 tp anth Checkmark
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd.   $4.00 xi+
145
hc anth  
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd.   $2.00 145 tp anth  
Антология фантастических рассказовQuestion mark 1967-00-00 ed. Р. ПодольныйQuestion mark Молодая гвардияQuestion mark     560 hc anth Checkmark
Star Fourteen 1968-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Pan Books 0-330-02043-9 5/- 236 pb anth Checkmark
Starburst 1968-10-00 Alfred Bester Sphere #16071 5/- 158 pb coll Checkmark
Starburst 1970-12-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library of Canada #T4460 C$0.75 160 pb coll Bob Pepper Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1972-11-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 0-345-02718-3 $0.95 195 pb anth John Berkey Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1972-11-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 0-345-02718-3 C$0.95 195 pb anth John Berkey Checkmark
Other Dimensions: Ten Stories of Science Fiction 1973-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Hawthorn Books   $5.95 ix+
178
hc anth Tetsu Constructions Checkmark
Alfa Een: 16 SF-Verhalen 1973-00-00 ed. Warner Flamen Meulenhoff (M=SF #66) 90-290-0197-6   351 pb anth David McCall Johnston Checkmark
Starburst 1973-03-00 Alfred Bester Sphere 0-7221-1610-1 £0.30 158 pb coll Colin Hay Checkmark
Science Fact/Fiction 1974-00-00 ed. Edmund J. Farrell, Thomas E. Gage, John Pfordresher, Raymond J. Rodrigues Scott Foresman and Company (The Man in Literature Program) 0-673-03407-0   xv+
394
tp anth Jack Youngerman Checkmark
Political Science Fiction: An Introductory Reader 1974-00-00 ed. Patricia S. Warrick, Martin Harry Greenberg Prentice-Hall 0-13-685396-X $5.95 x+
415
tp anth  
Political Science Fiction: An Introductory Reader 1974-00-00 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Patricia S. Warrick Prentice-Hall 0-13-685404-4 $9.95 x+
415
hc anth  
Other Dimensions 1974-09-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Pinnacle Books 0-523-00422-2 $0.95 ix+
178
pb anth Colin Hay Checkmark
Histoires de pouvoirs 1975-04-07 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3770) 2-253-00739-0   413 pb anth Pierre Faucheux Checkmark
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1976-02-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books 0-14-002223-6 £0.60 233+
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pb anth Bob Fowke Checkmark
The Light Fantastic: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Best Volume I 1976-04-00 Alfred Bester Berkley/Putnam 0-399-11614-1 $7.95 254 hc coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Starlight: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 1976-12-00 Alfred Bester Nelson Doubleday / SFBC #3140 $3.98 409 hc omni Jack Woolhiser Checkmark
Titan 3 1976-12-00 ed. Frederik Pohl, Wolfgang Jeschke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3520) 3-453-30386-5 DM 3.80 141+
[1]
pb anth Chris Foss Checkmark
Verrukkelijk Fahrenheit 1977-00-00 Alfred Bester Meulenhoff (M=SF #123) 90-290-0516-5   349 pb coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
The Light Fantastic 1977-05-00 Alfred Bester Gollancz 0-575-02294-9 £4.30 254 hc coll  
Starburst 1977-06-00 Alfred Bester Pan Books 0-330-25111-2 £0.60 155 pb coll Gino D'Achille Checkmark
Starlight: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 1977-07-00 Alfred Bester Berkley Medallion 0-425-03451-8 $1.95 452 pb omni Richard Powers Checkmark
Hände weg von Zeitmaschinen 1978-09-00 Alfred Bester Droemer Knaur (Knaur Science Fiction & Fantasy #705) 3-426-00705-3 DM 5.80 176 pb coll George Jones Checkmark
The End of Summer: Science Fiction of the Fifties 1979-06-00 ed. Barry N. Malzberg, Bill Pronzini Ace Books (An Analog Book) 0-441-20657-3 $1.95 [8]+
311
pb anth David Egge Checkmark
The Light Fantastic: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester Volume 1 1979-07-00 Alfred Bester Fontana 0-00-615281-3 £0.95 223 pb coll Tim White Checkmark
The Fifties: The End of Summer 1979-12-00 ed. Barry N. Malzberg, Bill Pronzini Baronet Publishing Co. (A Baronet/Analog Book) 0-89437-073-1 $5.95 311 tp anth Segrelles Checkmark
Starburst 1980-03-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library 0-451-09132-9 $1.75 160 pb coll Bob Pepper Checkmark
Starburst 1980-03-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library of Canada 0-451-09132-9 C$1.95 160 pb coll Bob Pepper Checkmark
Hände weg von Zeitmaschinen 1981-06-00 Alfred Bester Droemer Knaur (Knaur Science Fiction & Fantasy #5705) 3-426-05705-0 DM 5.80 175+
[1]
pb coll George Jones Checkmark
La fantástica luz 1984-00-00 Alfred Bester Teorema (Visión Arcadia) 84-85958-87-X   271 tp coll Tim White  
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 1997-11-00 Alfred Bester Vintage Books 0-679-76783-5 $14.00 xiii +
366
tp coll Evan Gaffney Checkmark
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 1997-11-00 Alfred Bester Topeka Bindery 1-4177-1932-X $17.92   hc coll  
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 1998-08-00 Alfred Bester Vintage Books / SFBC 1-56865-805-2 $10.98 366 hc coll  
The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume Two 2000-04-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Tor 0-312-86879-0 $25.95 432 hc anth Checkmark
The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 2 2001-04-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Tor 0-312-86878-2 $15.95 432 tp anth  
Retter der Ewigkeit: Geschichten zwischen Diesseits und Jenseits. 2001-12-00 ed. Friedel Wahren, Erik Simon Heyne (Heyne Allgemeine Reihe #13485) 3-453-19923-5 € 7.00 413 pb anth Josh Kirby Checkmark
Urania #1442 2002-06-30 ed. Giuseppe Lippi Arnoldo Mondadori Editore #1442 €4.05 460 pb mag Franco Brambilla  
Starburst date unknown Alfred Bester Signet #T4460 $0.75 160 pb coll Bob Pepper Checkmark
Starlight: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester date unknown Alfred Bester Berkley Medallion 0-425-03451-8 $1.95 452 pb omni Richard Powers Checkmark
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester date unknown Alfred Bester Vintage Books 0-679-76783-5 $14.00 xiii +
366
tp coll Evan Gaffney Checkmark
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester date unknown Alfred Bester Vintage Books 978-0-679-76783-1 $16.95 xiii+
366
tp coll Evan Gaffney Checkmark
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