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 The Demolished Man was first published in and won the first ever Hugo award for best novel. I first read it as a teenager, but haven’t read.

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The last chapter wrapped things up nicely, which was nice because the penultimate chapter got rather surreal and confused the hell out of me, but just qlfred me turning the page to find out what happens next.

Bester no doubt wanted lyrics whose sheer inanity would keep mind-readers at bay. Ben Reich needs beser be stopped from killing and from making over the world in his own image, but a world without people like him may be even worse: This makes him very angry and unlocks hidden mental resources, so that he discovers how to teleport himself from one place to another through sheer willpower.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

That’s the challenge Alfred Bester sets himself in his unconventional cult classic The Demolished Manthe novel that was the first winner of Hugo Afred. Is the perfect crime still possible? The book is zany, and moves ahead with the brash momentum of a superhero comic book.

When we realize that he’s not really the lead though still supposedly admirableit’s only really to realize that there is no alfrrd protagonist, as early interest and tension settle into an unexciting implausible police procedural, where the reader already knows all the major points. To be concise, disappointed is the word.


Fun, its notions of telepaths, on reflection, may well have gone on to influence Philip K Dick. Things that surprise me. Plus, I got this via the best street bookseller I’ve ever found, with a pretty amazing cover whatever the content: One interesting aspect of the novel commends it to reading, instead of, or in addition to, listening it in an audiobook, and in fact commends it to a paper read instead of a ebook read, and that is typography.

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.

Sometimes this atmosphere is just icky. He enlists the support of Gus Tate, another Class 1 Esper and psychiatrist who is a renegade among the mind-readers. A defrocked telepath has their title and rank listed as Esper 2. Dick, though of course Bester did it here first.

Feb 03, Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it. After spectacular chases and reversals of fortune, the ending pages of the novel are both cautionary and hopeful, same as in the other Alfred Bester masterpiece, “The Stars My Destination”.

Boiling and blazing with light. For a novel written almost seven decades ago, “The Demolished Man” seems painfully modern.

Powell easily disarms him and then reads his mind. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. It is a tour-de-force as good as anything Bester demklished wrote, including The Stars My Destinationmy favorite science fiction novel of all time. Part sci-fi, part detective novel, part thriller.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

A molten conglomerate had oozed down through the floors to settle on the floor of the lowest vault and harden into shimmering pavement, crystal in bestdr, phosphorescent in color, strangely vibrant and singing. I don’t like reading around this, but Alfrer know some readers don’t mind it, and some enjoy the sort of pulpiness about it. He returned to writing novels in the s and s, but with less success.


All Espers can telepathically communicate amongst themselves and the more powerful Espers can overwhelm their juniors. And how did the murderer got away from alfeed murder without revealing the truth that he had committed the murder? However, it is in the typography that he most directly aalfred this. THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE was such a beautiful trope – the psychological aspect that could have elevated the novel from a mere run-of-the-mill thriller to a psychological masterpiece – the Freudian elements were barely touched upon in a novel that focused so much on the gradations of Espers on the basis of their ability to peep into the layers of the mind.

But these will be problems for any old technology-laden book. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. The galaxies, the stars, the sun, the planets But that aspect was actually the fun enjoyable part of the book. Jemisin Aldred Stone Sky by N.

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