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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Messages can pass between planets, but they use clunky pre-established codes. My favorite parts of the book involved the esper culture, its school and code of conduct.

See also this Wikipedia biography. The plot is pure mystery, if you don’t mind a mystery where you witness the crime and then jump perspectives between that of the killer and the detective who is chasing him.

The Demolished Man

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. Jul 27, Shayan Foroozesh rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Reich is covertly funding the League. 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. Look at Reich’s position in time and space.

Reich hires an Esper to ” run interference ” for him—hiding his murderous thoughts from any peepers present at the scene of the planned crime. The passage of years and the spread of mass media means what was once new is now hackneyed. The one that started it all 1 5 Sep 12, As for the Hugo, well, I can see how radical this would have seemed in the 50s, and well, who cared back then about how women were depicted, anyway?


Bester plays some neat tricks with typography as he describes the way that the espers interact. He focuses on Reich, who tries to be casual, saying to Powell: The reader is thrown into Ben Reich’s head in time to see him make his shift toward murder, but too late to understand how he got there.

I can see exactly why this novel was chosen as the first hugo winner, because it truly set itself above the rest. Back in the s the computer was in its infancy but forward-thinkers envisioned infinite possibilities for the new calculating tool.

And Reich’s position as a “Universe-shaker” is properly surprising but entirely undefined. Click on image to purchase.

It was a bit hard to adjust to. Be audacious, be brave, be confident and you will not fail.

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Some of those apply here. If all this peeping sounds like an invasion of privacy, you are spot-on – it most certainly is an invasion of privacy! But, again, with all the peepers peeping into people’s minds, premeditated murder is nearly impossible nowadays. He justifies this by claiming that Reich is an embryonic megalomaniac who will remake society in his own twisted image if not stopped. This beester a present from Evan, who poin This is a 2. Did this story really need Barbara or Mary in the way they were used towards the end?

The name of that Psi cop character?

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

The science fiction series Babylon 5 has telepaths as part of the future setting. Published July 8th by Millenium first published March An Esper 3 can peep the conscious level of a mindcan discover what a subject is thinking at the moment of thought.


Are we there yet? His use of interplanetary travel, for example, or extra-planetary habitats, seem poorly thought out.

The mind is the reality. Shasta Publishers first edition.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

When we realize that he’s not really the lead though still supposedly admirableit’s only really to realize that there is no proper protagonist, as early interest and tension settle into an unexciting implausible police procedural, where the reader already knows all the major points. Refresh and try again. One by one he removes elements of reality, beginning with the stars in the sky, until Reich is left believing that he is the only real being in a world constructed around him, as a game.

Bester mashes tne a pulp murder-for-profit plot with ESP-laden detectives and Sci-Fi tropes like flying cars and interplanetary settlements with an ending that’s a bit too pat but ends up landing the first ever Hugo Award for Best Novel. This lady is the convenient host of the sex party where the murder takes place. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite demoljshed.

After World War II, he earned a living as scriptwriter for radio and later television.