Alfred Bester a.k.a. Alfie Bester (December 18, 1913– September 30, 1987) was an versatile American author, television and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books. Though successful in all these fields, he is probably best remembered today for his work as a science fiction author, and as the winner of the first Hugo Award in 1953 for his novel The Demolished Man. His novel The Stars My Destination also won a large popular audience.
Alfred Bester was born in Manhattan on December 18, 1913. His father, James J. Bester, owned a shoe store and was a first-generation American whose parents were both Austrian. Alfred's mother, Belle (née Silverman), was born in Russia and spoke Yiddish as her first language before emigrating. Alfred was James and Belle's second and final child, and only son. (Their first child, Rita, was born in 1908.) Though he was Jewish, his mother became a Christian Scientist.