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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And yet, a society where they are very willing to try and breed themselves ever more powerful and numerous telepaths, in a goal of making society entirely composed of them one day.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Reich hires an Esper to ” run interference ” for him—hiding his murderous thoughts from any peepers present at the scene of the planned crime. I’m also a sucker for past-colored futures. Two outstanding book covers: Sep 06, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Incidentally, in this 24th bseter world such Extra Sensory Perception isn’t the consequence of specially endowed individuals or futuristic chemical or electrical brain bewter rather, all women and men have the potential to become Espers but only a sliver of the population receives exotic ESP training from childhood.

The morally challenged banters, the deceptive maneuverings, and the cunning and shrewd exchanges between Reich and Powell were exhilarating. This proves to be an earwormso demmolished and involving that it blocks most Espers from properly peeping into Reich’s mind. Support Support the Show Our Supporters.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

View all 4 comments. Tension, apprehension and dissension have begun!

For some reason, Freudian psychotherapy was very popular in America in the 50s; people even thought it was ‘scientific’. Powell meets Reich and immediately hits it off with him, partly due to Reich’s charm but also because Powell senses a kindred spirit. Incredible, considering the fact that I am posting this review on Goodreads.


Which leads me to Jake’s comment on the general embarrassing proliferation of particularly dated Freudisms. But in that breathless rapid-fire plotting, we get so much more, compactly written.

It attempts to demolishsd back to the foetal stage. This is not a conventional whodunit. During the war a succession of blazing explosions had burst among the stock of thousands of chemical glazes, fused them, and splashed them into a wild rainbow reproduction of a lunar crater.

I was a bit surprised I enjoyed this one so much. Demolition was the first radio drama recorded with the dummy head recording method. We know who the killer is: This book is focused on its characters, which is a very good way to write.

In contrast, Alfred Bester was writing when popular culture was exploding, and the genre of science fiction was bursting with excitement and creativity. To be concise, disappointed is the word. Look at the oligarchy that is demoliwhed national and international laws in the third millenium, controlled by a small corporate and banking elite. Reich needs some expert help if he is to plan and execute a murder without coming to Powell’s attention.

And I really liked when he and Mary bickered subconsciously. The last aphorism is also an example of an ambivalence in my reactions: Telepathy was the biggest gimmick in the book, but it was explored so very thoroughly, as teleportation had been exhausted in The Stars Mna Destination, that I can do very little but admire how adroitly it was all pulled off.

We have the right to elect Guild officers, and that’s all. A denial of wanting snow in a beste conversation between telepaths is rendered as s n o w. What happens here is that Bester directly laid besher the ideas thread bare, without any effort at subtly building his world. Did the seed know who or what it was when it failed to find fertile soil? I tried to warn you. All the murder bs gets resolved and the book is wrapped up by hero and baba sharing a couple of cute little jokes about how just a couple weeks ago he was changing her diaper!


The literal infantilization of Barbara the love interest — she regresses into a drooling, baby-talking woman-baby, as a coping mechanism — who then falls in love with her Da-Da. We’re born in the Guild. She makes a fool edmolished herself and So, I finished this book yesterday.

The Demolished Man

Of course, also rather nearby some others, but I don’t feel the war’s impact here so much. 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. To avoid detection by the telepathic inspectors, he deliberately repeats a jingle over and over to himself until it is so stuck in his mind that it is constantly humming in the background, serving as a mental screen to prying mind readers.

A defrocked telepath has their title and rank listed as Esper 2. Alfred Bester, – I love reading early SF for the ways in which their most cutting-edge technology influences the technology they envision. The presence of peepers has prevented the commission of murder for more than 70 years so Reich devises an elaborate plan to ensure his freedom.

I’ve read a lot of classics, and I’m ashamed that I had never gotten around to this one until this late.