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The demolished man (original 1953; edition 1999)

by Alfred Bester

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Title:The demolished man
Authors:Alfred Bester (Author)
Info:London : Millennium, 1999.
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Rating:*****
Tags:20th century, crime, fiction, murder, mystery, novel, paperback, sf, telepathy

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The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester (1953)

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What to write about this first ever winner of the Hugo award? The main conclusion must be this: times have changed. The CIA had a secret program (‘Project MKULtra’) trying to gain insight into mind control during the 1950s and the early sixties. Arthur C. Clarke dabbled in the paranormal (see the foreword to Childhood’s End – also published in 1953), Asimov had telepaths living in a second Foundation, and Frank Herbert wrote The Santaroga Barrier as late as 1968. It were trippy times, and the belief in the potential powers of the mind was hopeful and naive.

Is this book science fiction? Not because it’s set in 2301 AD, as that doesn’t matter for the story: it could have been 1981 AD just as well. Not because it features Venus or Ganymede as locations, as that doesn’t matter either, it could have been Hawaii and Malawi too. The fact that humans colonized the solar system is not explored one bit – the most comical moment of the book is when a character wonders if he’ll catch the “10 o’clock rocket” to someplace off-planet. Not because cars are called jumpers and can fly. And not because the judge is a computer, as that could have been any bureaucrat.

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  bormgans | Jun 12, 2016 |
Very ahead of its time I can see why people describe this as one of the inspirations for cyberpunk. An excellent detective story. ( )
  kale.dyer | May 16, 2016 |
Time did some damage to this book - very dated. It was...not so good.

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  Garrison0550 | May 5, 2016 |
Although it posseses some residue of the pulp era with its language and speculative technology, it holds up rather well all things considered. Bester used some innovative text techniques which were very effective and the plot is good. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
It's been more than ten years since I read this, and I ejected the story from my memory to make room for better things. But I recall this much: To me, this book signified everything wrong with telepathy in fiction. The rules lacked sense and consistency. The story was typical noir, and the telepaths might as well have been using cell phones instead of psionic powers. Unimaginative. And the telepath powers were not thought through very far. ( )
  Abby_Goldsmith | Feb 10, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Alfred Besterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Byttner, GöranTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterman, AdrianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DiFate, VincentIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Figueroa, ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, HarryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehman, SergeForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lippi, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Makarský, LubošTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcel, PatrickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meltzoff, StanleyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Papy, JacquesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pınar, RehaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pepper, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pukallus, HorstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tamminen, ArviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viskupic, GaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vonnegut, KurtIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Tenser", said the Tensor; "tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun"
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In a world policed by telepaths, Ben Reich plans to commit a crime that hasn't been heard of in 70 years: murder. That's the only option left for Reich, whose company is losing a 10-year death struggle with rival D'Courtney Enterprises. Terrorized in his dreams by The Man With No Face and driven to the edge after D'Courtney refuses a merger offer, Reich murders his rival and bribes a high-ranking telepath to help him cover his tracks. But while police prefect Lincoln Powell knows Reich is guilty, his telepath's knowledge is a far cry from admissible evidence.

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