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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It was in fact the first book to win the Hugo 60 years ago this year. Nobody can hide from the radar of these ‘peepers’, especially from the more proficient ‘lever-3’ master Espers.

In an SF Site Featured Review, Todd Richmond who accidentally and consistently alfged “Polwell” for “Powell” wrote that the book is “a complicated game of manoeuvring, evasion, and deception, as Reich and Polwell square off against one another,” adding.

Then again this a page story, so you can’t expect that much depth of character. A denial of wanting snow in a mental conversation between telepaths is rendered as s n o w.

The Demolished Man

The world will be a wonderful place when everyone’s a peeper and everyone’s adjusted Ben Reich is also a man with a problem in the form of his biggest business rival Craye D’Courtney. You are what you think.

The first part of the novel describes in detail the careful planning and the murder. View all 50 comments. In a world dominated by telepaths known as Espers or Peepers crime is very difficult to get away with. With its fast pace and campy atmospherics, the book also reminds us that Bester made his living writing for comic books, radio and television.


And how would you go about committing it? 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.

Reich’s firm, Monarch Industries, is on the verge of bankruptcy, and he feels rebuffed in his attempts to propose a merger. The book’s Big Questions involve how to commit a murder in a society patrolled by citizens with ESP espersand how to catch said murderer.

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Reich’s knowledge alfreed not explicitly stated but Barbara, whom Powell discovers to be Reich’s half-sister, is herself revealed to be a peeper.

Eight, sir; seven, sir; Six, sir; five, sir; Four, sir; three, sir; Two, sir; one! Josh Wimmer has cited The Demolished Man as an evidence for why highbrow literary types look down on sci-fi—not without some justification. Retrieved October 2, Personally, I can see why this was selected as a Hugo winner.

The tale is taking place in the distant future where psychiatric science is in prime and psychic phenomena factually rule society. Jul 24, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: But this is not the pain; this is not the dread of Demolition.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Sometimes this atmosphere is just icky. Suddenly Powell recognizes that the forces behind Reich’s crime are greater than anticipated.

What’s happened to the stars? The cat and mouse demolised switches in terms of the crime itself, watching Powell try and tease out the puzzle. 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. This obliges Powell to assemble the murder case with traditional police procedures and to establish motive, opportunity and method.


I don’t know what you’re talking about. Against these assets society can have no defense. Since reading the novel as a young man, director Brian de Palma has considered adapting it for film. Oct 19, Glenn Russell added it.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

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. Tension, apprehension and dissension have begun.

We know who the killer is: It was really fascinating to try to see this book through the eyes of it’s contemporaries, give or take a few decades. He also visits Jerry Church, an Esper who is shunned by his kind as punishment for helping Reich break the law. Lists with This Book.

The poem is ” Dover Beach ” by Matthew Arnold. I don’t read a lot of classics. The pace picked up and I really wanted to find out what happened next.

But in that breathless rapid-fire plotting, we get so much more, compactly written.