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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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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1961Translated by P. J. Izabelle
French On demande poète...
1966 Italian La scomparsa
1967Translated by Ю. Абызов (Yu. Abyzov)
Russian [as by ]
1973Translated by Warner Flamen
Dutch De Verdwijntruc
1975Translated by P. J. Izabelle
French Un numéro d'escamotage
1976Translated by Walter Brumm
German Die Nummer mit dem Verschwinden
1978Translated by Uwe Anton
German Verschwindibus
1984 Spanish Numero de desaparición
2000Translated by 伊藤典夫(Itō Norio)
Japanese
消失トリック?しょうしつトリック
Shōshitsu Torikku
Shoushitsu Torikku
[as by
アルフレッド・ベスター?Arufureddo Busutā
Arufureddo Busutaa
]
2002 Italian Diserzione Finale

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID 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?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1953-12-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 55 $0.35 [8]+
195
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
New Worlds Science Fiction, #29 November 1954 1954-11-00 ed. John Carnell Nova Publications Ltd.   1/6 128
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Gerard Quinn Checkmark
Starburst 1958-05-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library S1524 $0.35 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Star of Stars 1960-10-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Doubleday   $3.50 240
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
anth Jean-Claude Forest Checkmark
Star of Stars 1961-01-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Doubleday / SFBC   $1.20 240
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Eric Carle Checkmark
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 1962-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books 612 $0.35 196
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1964-00-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books 2223 3/6 234
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Star of Stars 1964-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books U2171 C$0.50 224
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Star of Stars 1964-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Ballantine Books U2171 $0.50 224
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Starburst 1965-04-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library D2672 $0.50 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Starburst 1965-04-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library of Canada D2672 C$0.50 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Star Fourteen 1966-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Whiting & Wheaton   21/- 240
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1966-00-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books (US) 2223 $0.95 234
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1966-00-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books 2223 3/6 234
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Dodici mondi 1966-07-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Edizioni dello Scorpione   850 Lit 219
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Ferruccio Alessandri Checkmark
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd.   21/- xi+
145
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd. 0-08-303370-X   xii+
145
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd.   $4.00 xi+
145
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Starlit Corridor 1967-00-00 ed. Roger Mansfield Pergamon Press Ltd.   $2.00 145
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
1967-00-00 ed.     560
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Star Fourteen 1968-00-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Pan Books 0-330-02043-9 5/- 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Starburst 1968-10-00 Alfred Bester Sphere Books 16071 5/- 158
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Starburst 1970-12-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library of Canada T4460 C$0.75 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth John Berkey Checkmark
Other Dimensions: Ten Stories of Science Fiction 1973-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Hawthorn Books   $5.95 ix+
178
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth David McCall Johnston Checkmark
Starburst 1973-03-00 Alfred Bester Sphere Books 0-7221-1610-1 £0.30 158
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Jack Youngerman Checkmark
Political Science Fiction: An Introductory Reader 1974-00-00 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Patricia S. Warrick Prentice-Hall 0-13-685396-X $5.95 x+
415
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Other Dimensions 1974-09-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Pinnacle Books 0-523-00422-2 $0.95 ix+
178
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Colin Hay Checkmark
Histoires de pouvoirs 1975-04-07 ed. Jacques Goimard, Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3770) 2-253-00739-0   413
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Pierre Faucheux Checkmark
Connoisseur's Science Fiction 1976-02-00 ed. Tom Boardman Penguin Books 0-14-002223-6 £0.60 233+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Jack Woolhiser Checkmark
Titan 3 1976-12-00 ed. Wolfgang Jeschke, Frederik Pohl Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3520) 3-453-30386-5 DM 3.80 141+
[1]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Chris Foss Checkmark
Verrukkelijk Fahrenheit 1977-00-00 Alfred Bester Meulenhoff (M=SF #123) 90-290-0516-5   349
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Paul Lehr Checkmark
The Light Fantastic 1977-05-00 Alfred Bester Gollancz 0-575-02294-9 £4.30 254
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Starburst 1977-06-00 Alfred Bester Pan Books 0-330-25111-2 £0.60 155
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Segrelles Checkmark
Starburst 1980-03-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library 0-451-09132-9 $1.75 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll George Jones Checkmark
La fantástica luz 1984-00-00 Alfred Bester Teorema (Visión Arcadia) 84-85958-87-X   271
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Tim White  
Aller Glanz der Sterne 1991-00-00 Alfred Bester Suhrkamp (Phantastische Bibliothek #278) 3-518-38455-4 DM 12.00 184
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 1997-11-00 Alfred Bester Vintage Books 0-679-76783-5 $14.00 xiii+
366
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 1998-08-00 Alfred Bester Vintage Books / SFBC 1-56865-805-2 / 17770 $10.98 366
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume Two 2000-04-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Tor 0-312-86879-0 $25.95 432
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
1950年代―初めの終わり?1950ねんだい―はじめのおわり
1950 Nendai: Hajime no Owari
2000-12-04 ed.
中村融?なかむらとおる
Nakamura Tōru
Nakamura Tohru
Nakamura Tooru
,
山岸真?やまぎしまこと
Makoto Yamagishi
河出書房新社?Kawade Shobō Shinsha
Kawade Shobo Shinsha
(
河出文庫?かわでぶんこ
Kawade Bunko
#ン2-2)
4-309-46203-0   501
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth
ヒロ杉山?ひろすぎやま
Hiro Sugiyama
 
The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 2 2001-04-00 ed. Frederik Pohl Tor 0-312-86878-2 $15.95 432
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Retter der Ewigkeit: Geschichten zwischen Diesseits und Jenseits. 2001-12-00 ed. Erik Simon, Friedel Wahren Heyne (Heyne Allgemeine Reihe #13485) 3-453-19923-5 €7.00 413
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Josh Kirby Checkmark
Urania #1442 2002-06-30 ed. Giuseppe Lippi Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 1442 €4.05 460
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Franco Brambilla  
Starburst date unknown Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library T4460 $0.75 160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Evan Gaffney Checkmark
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