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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I do not remember much else from the story, but I liked its originality and inventiveness. Reich is not surprised, saying he would have done the same. Bester no doubt wanted lyrics whose sheer inanity would keep mind-readers at bay. His reviews and columns can also be found at Tor.

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Demolishe some won’t mind but it did do its number on me. Doctors peep their patients to identify psychological problems, police use them to search for criminal intentions and to interrogate witnesses. All the women, whether mothers or sexbots, are terrible masochists and pawns in the games of powerful men. And here is an amusing Bester blog. It’s that it is mean, kinda borderline violent, and that’s not good fun or inevitable social history to me. Reich’s hatred of D’Courtney is motivated by oedipal feelings.

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.


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But demoolished I add the term “-blog”the count drops to about We really get a sense of the telepaths and what they are about — a guild of people with honor and responsibilities, whose exiled members feel cut off from that former union.

But, the revelation of what the Demolition threat really means, and the final scene about “Maybe in those days they wanted sheep,” that’s pretty damn good. She makes a fool of herself and So, I finished this book demolised.

After more attempts on his life, and more dreams of the Man with No Face, Reich attempts to kill Powell.

The last quarter or so of the book bumped the rating up for me. A fundamental premise for the conflict is kan telepaths make premeditated murder essentially impossible. Do that enough and all you’ve got left are the sheep. I decided that the book that won the first Hugo would be the perfect place to start the Worlds Without End Grandmaster Challenge, which invites participants to read twelve books this year by recipients of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

The idea of telepaths being everywhere sets an interesting backdrop to the question of “Can you get away with murder when the police can read your mind?

The Demolished Man is sometimes called the first cyberpunk novel, and it took me ages to figure out why. Other changes hurt Bester more, such as his chauvinism. Every man’s got his own honor and ethics, and so long demolishef he sticks to ’em, who’s anybody else to point the finger? This was a present from Evan, who poin This is a 2. Tenser, said the Tensor. And Reich’s position as a “Universe-shaker” is properly surprising but entirely undefined.


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Reich’s firm, Monarch Industries, is on the verge of bankruptcy, and he feels rebuffed in his attempts to propose a merger. The morally challenged banters, the deceptive maneuverings, and the cunning and shrewd exchanges between Reich and Powell were exhilarating.

Bester’s title was Demolition! I guess the peril of establishing a genre as an author is that your work won’t benefit from the refined expectations of its later fans, so in a lot of ways I felt lost as a reader — what’s this world like, what’s the explanation? Powell and the others waited with mounting suspense. Keep a man in debt and he’s afraid to ask for a raise The commercial ditty that Reich uses as a shield for hiding his thoughts becomes the leitmotif of an unavoidable doom: How does one outwit Justice computers and ever-present telepaths?

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There are crosses and double crosses as the chess match between Powell and Reich becomes more and more serious. In the course of surfing the web to find out what happened to Bester, I found some interesting links. 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. But it’s 60 years old.

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