Title: The Pi Man

You are not logged in. If you create a free account and sign in, you will be able to customize what is displayed.

Title: The Pi Man Title Record # 41066
Author: Alfred Bester
Date: 1959-10-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Note: First published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1959 and later revised for Star Light, Star Bright, Berkley/Putnam, 1976.
Synopsis: A man has the rare talent of sensing balance and imbalance in the universe, but with it comes the compulsion to correct any imbalance, no matter at what cost.
User Rating: 7.00 (1 vote) Your vote: Not cast VOTE
Current Tags: Merril05 (1), contemporary (1), only humans (1), OCD (1), romance (1), cosmic balance (1), first person point of view (1) Add Tags

Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1963 Italian Il signor Pi greco
1964Translation: Charlotte Winheller
German Der Pi-Mann
1967Translated by Michel Deutsch revised by Jacques Chambon for the LdO.
French Le compensateur
1967 Italian Il compensatore
1977Translated by Warner Flamen
Dutch De Pi-Man
1985 Spanish El hombre Pi
1993Translated by Michael Koseler.
German Der Pi-Mann

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
Finalists 1960 Hugo Best Short Fiction

Publications

Displaying all variants and translations • Do not display translationsDo not display variants or translations

Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1959 1959-10-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Mercury Press, Inc.   $0.50 164
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 Emsh Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series 1960-02-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Doubleday   $3.95 264
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series 1960-05-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Doubleday / SFBC   $1.20 264
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Herb Mott Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series 1962-00-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Gollancz   18/- 5+
260
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Fantasia e Fantascienza #3 1963-02-00 ed. G. Jori Editrice Minerva 3 250 Lit 136
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 Ed Emsh Checkmark
Venture Science Fiction [UK], September 1963 1963-09-00 ed. Ronald R. Wickers Atlas Publishing and Distribution Co. Ltd   2/6 132
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 Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Ninth Series 1963-10-00 ed. Robert P. Mills The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 78 6/- 5+
260
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth John Griffiths  
The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction: 9th Series 1964-00-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Ace Books F-267 $0.40 255
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 Emsh Checkmark
16 Science Fiction-Stories 1964-00-00 ed. Anthony Boucher Heyne (Heyne-Anthologien #5) HA05 DM 4.80 283
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 Heinrichs & Piloty Checkmark
The Dark Side of the Earth 1964-05-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library D2474 $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 Checkmark
The Dark Side of the Earth 1964-05-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library of Canada D2474 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 Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 9th Series 1964-09-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Panther 1738 3/6 207
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
An Alfred Bester Omnibus 1967-00-00 Alfred Bester Sidgwick & Jackson 102199 30/- 710
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni  
Fiction, #160 1967-03-00 ed. Alain Dorémieux OPTA   F3.00 164
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 Mario Sarchielli Checkmark
Urania #469 1967-08-27 ed. Carlo Fruttero, Franco Lucentini Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 469 250 Lit 168
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 Karel Thole Checkmark
The Dark Side of the Earth 1969-11-00 Alfred Bester Pan Books 0-330-02393-4 £0.25 171
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 W. F. Phillipps Checkmark
Alpha One 1970-09-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Ballantine Books 0-345-02014-6 $0.95 vii+
278
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 Lindner Checkmark
The Dark Side of the Earth 1970-10-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library of Canada T4402 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
Alpha One 1971-12-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Ballantine Books 0-345-02014-6 £0.35 vii+
278
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
Star Light, Star Bright 1976-07-00 Alfred Bester Berkley/Putnam 0-399-11816-0 $7.95 248
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
The Dark Side of the Earth 1977-00-00 Alfred Bester Pan Books 0-330-02393-4 £0.60 171
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
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
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
Star Light, Star Bright 1978-02-00 Alfred Bester Gollancz 0-575-02320-1 £4.50 248
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Star Light, Star Bright 1979-00-00 Alfred Bester Fontana 0-00-615406-9 £0.95 220
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 Future I 1981-01-00 ed. Joseph D. Olander, Martin Harry Greenberg, Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-24366-4 $2.50 381
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 Courtney Checkmark
What If? Volume 2 1981-02-00 ed. Richard A. Lupoff Pocket Books 0-671-83190-9 $2.50 239
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
What If? Volume 2 1981-02-00 ed. Richard A. Lupoff Pocket Books 0-671-83190-9 C$2.95 239
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
Oh, luminosa y brillante estrella 1985-00-00 Alfred Bester Teorema (Visión Arcadia) 84-7604-042-3   281
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  
Le livre d'or de la science-fiction: Alfred Bester 1986-04-28 Alfred Bester Presses Pocket (Presses Pocket - Science Fiction #5234) 2-266-01736-5   312
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 Marcel Laverdet Checkmark
The Great SF Stories 21 (1959) 1990-06-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #823) 0-88677-428-4 $4.95 347
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 Robin Hidden Checkmark
The Great SF Stories 21 (1959) 1990-06-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books 0-88677-428-4 C$5.95 347
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 Robin Hidden Checkmark
Die Hölle ist ewig 1993-00-00 Alfred Bester Suhrkamp (Phantastische Bibliothek #293) 3-518-38657-3 DM 14.00 191
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 Michael van Ofen Checkmark
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF 1994-07-00 ed. David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer Tor 0-312-85062-X $35.00 990+
[2]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Carol Russo Checkmark
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF 1994-10-00 ed. David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer Orbit 1-85723-271-2 £25.00 990
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth John Berkey Checkmark
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF 1994-10-00 ed. David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer Tor / SFBC 05435 $17.98 990
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Carol Russo Checkmark
The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF 1997-09-00 ed. David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer Orb 0-312-85509-5 $27.95 990
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
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 Dark Side of the Earth date unknown Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library T4402 $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
The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction: 9th Series date unknown ed. Robert P. Mills Ace Books 05448 $0.60 255
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
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
View all covers for The Pi Man (logged in users can change User Preferences to always display covers on this page)
Copyright (c) 1995-2018 Al von Ruff.
ISFDB Engine - Version 4.00 (04/24/06)