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Title: Hobson's Choice Title Record # 55940
Author: Alfred Bester
Date: 1952-08-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Synopsis: After the next nuclear war, a U.S. government statistician notices that the population is unexpectedly rising, and traces the source to a small town in Kansas.
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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1966 German Vor Zeitreisen wird gewarnt
1977Translated by Warner Flamen
Dutch Kiezen Zonder Keuze
1977Translated by Marjan J. J. Oleff
Dutch Hobson's Keuze
1978Translated by Uwe Anton
German Hände weg von Zeitmaschinen!
1985 Spanish Elección forzosa
1986Translated by Dominique Haas
French Un tiens vaut mieux...
2002 Italian Scelta Obbligata
2003
  • Title reads Vybor, "Choice".
  • Russian translation by Vladimir Igorevich Bakanov.
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Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, August 1952 1952-08-00 ed. Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas Fantasy House, Inc.   $0.35 132
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 George Gibbons Checkmark
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Second Series 1953-03-00 ed. Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas Little, Brown   $3.00 [x]+
270
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Chesley Bonestell Checkmark
Best SF Two: Science Fiction Stories 1956-09-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   15/- 295+
[1]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Peter Curl 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
Best SF Two 1958-09-00 ed. Edmund Crispin The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 34 5/6 296
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth C. W. Bacon  
Best SF Two 1960-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   6/- 296
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  
Best SF Two 1962-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   6/- 296
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
Best SF Two 1964-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber   6/6 296
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
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
7 Science Fiction-Stories 1966-00-00 ed. Helmuth W. Mommers, Arnulf D. Krauß Heyne (Heyne-Anthologien #20) HA20   316
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 Atelier Heinrichs & Bachmann Checkmark
Best SF Two 1968-00-00 ed. Edmund Crispin Faber and Faber 0-571-06310-1 £0.50 295+
[1]
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
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
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
Tomorrow and Tomorrow 1973-10-00 ed. Damon Knight Simon & Schuster 0-671-65210-9 $7.95 253
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Wendell Minor Checkmark
Infinite Jests: The Lighter Side of Science Fiction 1974-00-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Chilton 0-8019-5931-4 $5.95 viii+
231
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Jack Freas Checkmark
Tomorrow and Tomorrow 1974-08-00 ed. Damon Knight Gollancz 0-575-01873-9 £ 251
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth David Smee  
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 Best Science Fiction Stories 1977-00-00 ed. uncredited Hamlyn 0-600-38243-5   750
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth 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
Jokers uit het Heelal 1977-04-00 ed. Robert Silverberg Luitingh (Luitingh SF Verhalen) 90-245-0405-8   221
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 Karel Thole Checkmark
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
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  
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
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
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
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction 1980-04-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Arbor House 0-87795-246-9 $19.95 xii+
754
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Antler & Baldwin, Inc.  
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction 1980-04-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg Priam Books / Arbor House 0-87795-266-3 $8.95 xii+
754
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 Antler & Baldwin, Inc. 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
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  
The Great SF Stories #14 (1952) 1986-01-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books (DAW Collectors #660) 0-88677-106-4 $3.50 352
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 Tony Roberts Checkmark
The Great SF Stories #14 (1952) 1986-01-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg DAW Books 0-88677-106-4 / UE2106 C$3.95 352
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 Tony Roberts Checkmark
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
Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century 1987-11-00 ed. Robert Silverberg, Martin H. Greenberg Avenel Books 0-517-64124-0 $8.98 x+
726
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Romas 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 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
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  
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  
2003-00-00 ( #2) 5-94623-039-5   608
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Checkmark
Infinite Jests 2009-03-06 ed. Robert Silverberg Wildside Press 978-1-4344-5498-0 $14.99 240
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  
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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