The Demolished Man [Alfred Bester] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the year , the wealthiest man in the universe is determined to. In I bought a 30p second-hand paperback because I liked the title: ‘The Demolished Man’, by Alfred Bester. This fits into a rare category of. That’s the challenge Alfred Bester sets himself in his unconventional cult classic The Demolished Man, the first novel to win the Hugo Award back in

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In a world dominated by telepaths known as Espers or Peepers crime is very difficult to get away with. For Christ’s sake, why are they all trying to get me married? The existence of a cadre of mind-readers—known as “Espers”—make it impossible to hide criminal intent from the authorities. Click on image to purchase. Jul 27, Shayan Foroozesh rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Apparently a ‘jack’ was slang for money back then. Along comes Ben Reich, one of the richest men in the solar system, and someone with both the resources and the willpower to get what he wants when he wants it.

We see the truth you cannot see It was a bit hard to adjust to. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There are crosses and double crosses as the chess match between Powell and Reich becomes more and more serious.


Robert Silverberg judges Bester’s novel as among the ten greatest sf novels ever written.

A murderer will either be stopped before the crime is even committed, or apprehended immediately afterwards. But in that breathless rapid-fire plotting, we get so much more, compactly written. But until then, be grateful you’re blind.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

I especially loved to recall how many other subsequent writers have taken pages from Bester’s book, great reused ideas, sometimes done better, often done much worse. He justifies this by claiming that Reich is an embryonic megalomaniac who will remake society in his own twisted image if not stopped. See also this Wikipedia biography. But how did he know she was naked?

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As the Oedipal complex drives one character, so the Electra complex drives alred, in what is a very well-structured mirroring, so it’s a shame that it’s so gross.

What happens here is that Bester directly laid down the ideas thread bare, without any effort at subtly building his world. Here is an example nan mind reading by Powell, demolshed over a batch of new trainees, each dreaming of what he or she will do with the superpower: The awesome edition I had lost it now! Although Reich finds her first he is unable to kill her before Powell rescues her. By that time, my interest in science fiction had dropped considerably, but back in I had named my motor scooter “Alfred” to express my admiration for his works and those of Alfred Korzybski.


At many turns, this book sounds overwhelmingly cheesy. P ostmodern M ystery. Tate is nan member of the “League of Esper Patriots” who believe in the innate superiority of Espers, and who advocate for a society where Espers are in charge.

What was up with the 50s? In the 24th century, telepaths —called Espers or “peepers”—are integrated into all levels of society.

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Retrieved October 2, It also points out some interesting differences between various editions of his stories. And with trying to seemingly commit the perfect crime, how do you prove the murder? It’s an idea book, like the best Alfres, and like the best SF it allows people to look at an aspect of humanity through the prism of otherness. Support Support the Show Our Supporters. Doesn’t the eternal sunshine of the well adjusted mind sound just demmolished little bit scary?