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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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Number 99 was an eviscerated ceramics plant.

Following the evil deed, here’s an exchange between Powell and Reich that kicks off their cat and mouse game: His latest book is Love Songs: A defrocked telepath has their title and rank listed as Esper 2.

It is as relevant and interesting to readers and writers today as it was in the s. Alfred Bester was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books. We’re born in the Guild. A batch demolisehd highlights from this future world: Be grateful you’re not a peeper, sir. Description In the year bestter, guns are only museum pieces and benign telepaths sweep the minds of the populace to detect crimes before they happen.

Does it matter who or what we are? I found it to be a quick and interesting read, but my enjoyment was hampered by the fact that I didn’t really like any of the characters.


You must learn how it is. It is tempting to read the novel at the superficial level of a high octane cat and mouse game between Reich and Powell, one using his money and his connections to hide his crime, the other using mind games to trip the criminal into confession.

He published little fiction in later years, and at his death in he left all of his possessions to his bartender. What happens here is that Bester directly laid down the ideas thread bare, without any effort at subtly building his world.

Inthe first ever Hugo award for Best Novel was awarded.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Cover of first edition hardcover. These Telepaths take up many roles in society, such as physician and police commissioner. Be grateful that you never see the passions, the hatreds, the jealousies, the malice, the sicknesses Goldwho made suggestions during its writing. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of She is later found suffering severe psychological shock that renders her catatonic and mute.

His final plea is as passionate and fierce as the final message of Gully Foyle: The world will be a wonderful place when everyone’s a peeper and everyone’s adjusted We play for keeps, both of us.

The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester

The one that started it all. It was really fascinating to try to see this book through the eyes of it’s contemporaries, give or take a few decades.


It’s also a very good noir thriller. The women are horribly cliched bimbos and ninnies, treated like children and playthings, all aflred to fall in love with the men who ignore them.

I tried to stop you. That, gentle reader, is another story…. So, I finished this book yesterday.

The Demolished Man

What makes Espers like Powell better than corporate fat cats like Reich? It’s a Cosmic Game, and the stakes are the survival of the species, not simply the fate of Ben Reich: The pace is whip fast by modern standards although a reader of, say, Van Vogt, might consider the pacing sedatebringing us toward the fulcrum of the novel before a reader knows it.

During one game, Mary Noyes constructs an image, which itself is a clue in a puzzle, from lines in a poem. We’ll never know what the solution is, but it’s not theft, bestter, hatred, lust, murder, rapine. His reliance on an outmoded Freudian model of the psyche leads to some rather awkward plot developments.