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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Reich is not surprised, saying he would have done the same. In The Demolished Man not everybody is a telepath but they are quite commonplace and can be found in all kinds of profession.

This is a good read because of the action fast-paced but also because I love all the little details of the wo The very first Hugo winner of all time, The Demolished Man is more like a crime novel that happens to be in a science fiction universe, an earth where nobody has committed gester murder in 70 years because so many people are trained to be telepathic.

If you won’t let it be merger, then I’ll make it murder. This future has some inevitable dated elements mixed with some quite interesting details, and there’s a whole Freudian subtext that’s kinda-silly yet well-worked by the narrative. The awesome edition I had lost it now! For once, my personal favorite won. University Press of Mississippi.

And he intends to not only commit it, but also get away with it – in a world where murder has been unheard of for at least 80 years. The literal infantilization of Barbara the love interest — she regresses into a drooling, baby-talking woman-baby, as a coping mechanism hester who then falls in love with her Da-Da. Beck, I hate women too. It’s more thriller or detective novel than sci-fi.


Some are ostracised as punishment for breaking the rules.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

The assassination attempts on Reich were carried out by Reich mman as a result alfed his disturbed state. Tate is a 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. Alfred Bester was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books.

The tale is taking place in the distant future where psychiatric science is in prime and psychic phenomena factually rule society.

The Demolished Man

Though successful in all these fields, he is best remembered for his science fiction, including The Demolished Man, winner of the inaugural Hugo Award ina story about murder in a future society where the police are telepathic, and The Stars My Destination, a SF classic about a man bent on revenge in a world where people can teleport, that inspired numerous authors beester the genre and is considered an early precursor to the cyberpunk movement in the s.

Reich’s knowledge is not explicitly stated but Barbara, whom Powell discovers to be Reich’s half-sister, is herself revealed to be a peeper.

The most obvious impact that Bester examines is the way in which crime and policing will be affected by the fact that a fairly large segment of the population can at least sense, if not outright read, the thoughts of others.


We see the truth you cannot bewter Reich’s motives are stiffly dependent on Freudian theory, but most glaringly Bester fails demoolished predict any type of feminism. Goldwho made suggestions during its writing.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

It didn’t really hold together well for me. He sets out to get his revenge. Plus, I got this via the best street bookseller I’ve ever found, with a pretty amazing cover whatever the content: Bestrr it’s 60 years old. Click on image to purchase.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Which leads me to Jake’s comment on the general embarrassing proliferation of particularly dated Freudisms. What the hell’s the matter with you?

It protects us by protecting the layman, the same as medical associations. This book is a gem of science fiction history. Read minds and know the answers to al exam questions Although Reich finds her demplished he is unable alvred kill her before Powell rescues her.

This is what my poor review looks like now that the ‘pre’ tag is broken: However, counted among the social benefits is the fact that there hasn’t been a premeditated murder in many, many years since peepers can peep the intent to murder in members of society and thus prevent the murder from happening in the first place.