The Demolished Man [Alfred Bester] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the First Hugo Award. #14 in the Millennium SF. 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 Telepaths and their psionic abilities are not new in science fiction now and they weren’t when Bester wrote The Demolished Man, either.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. In a world in which the police have telepathic powers, how do you get away with murder? Ben Reichs heads a huge 24th century business empire, spanning the solar system. He is also an obsessed, driven man determined to murder a rival. To avoid capture, in a society where murderers can be detected even before they commit their crime, is the greatest challenge of his life.

PaperbackSF Masterworks 14pages. Published July 8th by Millenium first published March Ben ReichLincoln Powell. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Mar 05, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: This is what my poor review looks like now that the ‘pre’ tag is broken: Come on Goodreads, fix this bug!

You’ve been sitting on it for months. View all 50 comments. Oct 02, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have a bee in my bonnet that I would like to deal with first. Anybody who want to get into reading sci-fi but steadfastly refuse to read the classics from the 50s, 60s etc.

Read this or his other xemolished The Stars My Destination and you will understand why I insist sci-fi readers should never neglect older science fiction.

These are two terrific stories that stand the test of time. In The Demolished Man not everybody allfred a telepath but they are quite commonplace and can be found in all kinds of profession.

For example to avoid his mind being read by telepathic police he goes to a commercial jingle writer to play him a jingle that lodges in his brain after just one listening and bounces around it in an incessant looping playback.

The hero policeman Lincoln Powell can barely keep up with him even with all the telepathic power and manpower at his disposal.

The climax of the book is wonderfully surreal and reminds me hhe Ursula K. The awesome edition I had lost it now! The book is quite short so there is not a lot of room for character development, but the protagonist and antagonist are quite complex and believable characters. All in all a gripping, entertaining and very readable sci-fi classic that should please all sci-fi fans. View all 36 comments. Feb 03, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. In a world dominated by telepaths known as Espers or Peepers crime is very difficult to get away with. When thoughts and memories are up for grabs a man like Ben Reich, who is premeditating a murder, must employ unorthodox methods to protect his inner most thoughts.

He decides to go to a jingle songwriter for protection. He asks for the most mundane song to be played, a song that simple will not escape your brain, the type of jingles alred commercials usually beer my brother and I used to sing In a world dominated by telepaths known as Espers or Peepers crime is very difficult to get away with. He asks for the most mundane song to be played, a song that simple will not escape your brain, the type of jingles from commercials usually beer my brother and I used to sing in the car to drive my parents crazy.


Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Bseter, sir; seven, sir; Six, sir; five, sir; Four, sir; three, sir; two, sir; one! He hatches an elaborate plan involving a book of games, an besher pistol, and a flash grenade that skews a person’s sense of time by wiping out the victim’s rhodopsin otherwise known as visual purple. Even the best laid plans encounter qlfred and just as Reich is preparing to destroy his nemesis D’Courtney’s daughter runs into the room and becomes a witness to the death of her father.

She, as they say, becomes the fly in the ointment. Lincoln Powell, a level one peeper and a man with a bright future in the police department is called in to investigate. It doesn’t take him long to discover that Reich is his man. He alfeed conflicted because he likes Reich and ponders at one point about the fact that Reich is really two men, a man with charm and grace and also a man who could very well bring civilization to her knees with his evil intentions.

A battle begins between peepers as Reich hires his own to combat the invasive mind probes of the police detectives. There are crosses and double crosses as the chess match between Powell and Reich becomes more and more serious.

thw This is Alfred Bester’s first novel and from what I’ve read about the book it had a real impact on the genre when it was released in and in some cases is considered the grandfather to the cyberpunk generation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the cat and mouse between Powell and Reich. As the hunt continues Reich’s brain becomes more and more unstable. The degradation of his reasoning eventually gives Powell enough of a wedge to bring about his downfall. Reich is sent to be demolished. In this society they don’t have capital punishment, no one is wasted. They simply demolisjed them. The process in itself is brutal and all memory of what you once were is eliminated.

The series of osmotic injections begins with the topmost strata of cortical synapses and slowly works down, switching off every circuit, extinguishing every memory, destroying every particle of the pattern that has been built up since birth. femolished

The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester

And as the pattern is erased, each particle discharges its portion of energy, turning the entire body into a shuddering maelstrom of dissociation.

But this is not the pain; this is not the dread of Demolition. The horror lies in the fact that the consciousness is never lost; that as the psyche is wiped out, the mind is aware of its slow, backward death until at last it too disappears and awaits the rebirth. The mind bids an eternity of farewells; it mourns at an endless funeral. They wipe your mind of any memories of who you were and then implant a new personality. They may think of that as more humane, but really the result is the same.

I can’t think of anything more terrifying than watching the doors of my mind ripped off their hinges and my memories and reasoning slowly stolen from me. This book is a gem of science fiction history. View all 8 comments.


The Demolished Man

Winner of the very first Hugo Award in th, “The Demolished Man” is a classic by any metric you might measure it with. Some fans and aldred consider it a watershed moment, the transition from planetary romance, with its laser guns, barely dressed ladies and bug-eyed monsters to ‘serious’ considerations of the impact of technology on society and on individual lives.

Under the pen of Alfred Bester a futuristic murder investigation becomes the eternal struggle for alfreed soul of Man, as it is played Winner of the very first Hugo Award in”The Demolished Man” is a classic by any metric you might measure it with. Under the pen of Alfred Bester a futuristic murder investigation becomes the eternal struggle for the soul of Man, as it is played through the centuries between the angels of our better nature and the demons of our base emotions.

The essence of murder never changes. In every era it remains the conflict of the killer against society with the alfded as the prize. And the ABC of conflict with society remains constant. Demolidhed audacious, be brave, be confident and you will not fail. Against these assets society can have no defense. We know who the killer is: Reich is a predator, mna when financial double-dealings, takeovers and forced bankruptcies are no longer enough to maintain his elevated position, he is ready to murder his main rival.

Reich’s spanner in the works is the fact that this Tomorrow’s World has managed to discover, train and deploy telepaths capable of reading minds at all levels of the social scale. Nobody can hide from the radar of these ‘peepers’, especially from the more proficient ‘lever-3’ master Espers. Corporations use them to screen job applicants and protect technological secrets. Doctors peep their patients to identify psychological problems, police use them to search for criminal intentions and to interrogate witnesses.

Ben Reich must find a way to bypass these telepaths if he wants to escape punishment, or Demolition. The first part ghe the novel describes in detail the careful planning and the murder. This is not a conventional whodunit. Bester uses the premise for developing his future world, most of the new techologies being related to telepathic powers in part of the population.

He also puts the spotlight on Ben Reich’s personality, ’emphatically’ not a hero but a scoundrel, looking at his motivations, his recurrent nightmares and his forceful bully business and social interactions.

We play for keeps, both of us. It’s the cowards and weaklings and sore-losers who hide behind rules and fair play. Every man’s got his own honor and ethics, and so long as he sticks to ’em, who’s anybody else to point the finger? You may not like his ethics, but you’ve no right to call him unethical.

An extrapolation of her objectivist and libertarian principles? Since I never read any of Rand’s books and I am only familiar with them through second hand commentaries, I probably should simply note that the future imagined by Bester, the world ruled by the likes of Ben Reich, looks more Dystopian than Utopian. We may have unlocked the hidden powers of our brains, but the animal hiding in the subconscious still lurks, ready to pounce.