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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 <a href="http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/se.cgi?arg=Uwe%20Anton&amp;type=Name&amp;mode=exact">Uwe Anton</a>
German Hände weg von Zeitmaschinen!
1979Translated by Gunnar Gällmo Previously published in JVM #375, 1979.
Swedish Hobsons val
1985Translated by Jorge Antonio Sánchez Rottner
Spanish Elección forzosa
1986Translated by Dominique Haas
French Un tiens vaut mieux...
2002 Italian Scelta Obbligata
2003<ul><li>Title reads <i>Vybor</i>, "Choice".<li>Translated by Владимир Баканов (Vladimir Bakanov). </ul>
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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.  
$0.35?$: US dollar
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  
$3.00?$: US dollar
[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/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
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
$0.35?$: US dollar
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?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
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 (Faber Paper Covered Editions)  
6/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
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 (Faber Paper Covered Editions)  
6/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
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 (Faber Paper Covered Editions)  
6/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
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  
Starburst 1965-04-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library D2672
$0.50?$: US dollar
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$0.50?C$: Canadian dollar
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.
Arnulf D. Krauß?Arnulf D. Krauss
, Helmuth W. Mommers
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 (Faber Paper Covered Editions) 0-571-06310-1
£0.50?£: UK pound
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/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
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$0.75?C$: Canadian dollar
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?£: UK pound
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
$7.95?$: US dollar
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
$5.95?$: US dollar
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
£?£: UK pound
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
$7.95?$: US dollar
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
$3.98?$: US dollar
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?£: UK pound
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
$1.95?$: US dollar
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?£: UK pound
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?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
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?£: UK pound
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
Det hände i morgon 11?Det hande i morgon 11
1979-00-00 ed. Sam J. Lundwall Delta (Stockholm) (Delta Science Fiction #102) 91-7228-221-5
skr 51.00?skr: Swedish krona (crown)
285
unknown?The publication record was created from a secondary source and the publication format is unknown.
anth Don Davis  
Starburst 1980-03-00 Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library 0-451-09132-9
$1.75?$: US dollar
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$1.95?C$: Canadian dollar
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
$19.95?$: US dollar
xii+
754
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Antler & Baldwin, Inc. Checkmark
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction 1980-04-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Priam Books / Arbor House 0-87795-266-3
$8.95?$: US dollar
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?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
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
$3.50?$: US dollar
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$3.95?C$: Canadian dollar
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  
Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century 1987-11-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Avenel Books 0-517-64124-0
$8.98?$: US dollar
x+
726
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Romas Checkmark
Aller Glanz der Sterne 1991-00-00 Alfred Bester Suhrkamp (Phantastische Bibliothek #278) 3-518-38455-4
DM 12.00?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
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
$14.00?$: US dollar
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
$17.92?$: US dollar
 
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
$10.98?$: US dollar
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
$25.95?$: US dollar
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
$15.95?$: US dollar
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 Mondadori 1442
€4.05?€: Euro
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
$14.99?$: US dollar
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  
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester 2013-05-30 Alfred Bester Byron Preiss Visual Publications 0-679-76783-5
$16.95?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll Evan Gaffney  
Starburst date unknown Alfred Bester Signet / New American Library T4460
$0.75?$: US dollar
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
$1.95?$: US dollar
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
$14.00?$: US dollar
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
$16.95?$: US dollar
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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