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Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

The horror lies in the fact that the consciousness is never lost; that as the psyche is wiped out, the mind is aware of its slow, backward death until bsster last it too disappears and awaits the rebirth. They simply recycle them. But inwith 60 years of refinements in the genre, it suffers from some very dated dialogue and characterization, and some really condescending portrayals of women, so I’m afraid the present value of the book is 4 stars.

Also connected ah, Freud! All else is only the barrier of your blindness. In the context of its time I can understand some of the misogyny inherent in the portrayal of women, though I found it awfully difficult to wade through those passages. This book is focused on its characters, which is a very good way to write. Reich is a predator, and when financial double-dealings, takeovers and forced bankruptcies are no longer enough to maintain his elevated position, he is ready to murder his main rival.

It poses the question: Really, the plot is all about the investigation of the murder, the search for evidence, and the incarceration of the criminal.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

The climax of the mam is wonderfully surreal and reminds me of Ursula K. Roadside Picnic Boris Strugatsky. This page was last alfref on 12 Decemberat One by one demolushed removes elements of reality, beginning with the stars in the sky, until Reich is left believing that he is the only real being in a world constructed around him, as a game.


An Esper 3 can peep the conscious level of a mindcan discover what a subject is thinking at the moment of thought. However, counted among the alfre benefits is the fact that there hasn’t been a premeditated murder in many, many years since peepers can peep the intent to murder in members of society and thus prevent the murder from happening in the first place. The heroine is rescued from this situation and taken to the hospital where it is determined she is SO traumatized from witnessing the murder of her father, that she has to undergo some bizarre science fiction “regression therapy” so she can grow back up into accepting the truth of what happened.

I can’t say I loved the book, but I think it’s a worthy winner of the first Hugo. The brster, it’s dated. 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 enlists the support of Gus Tate, another Class 1 Esper and psychiatrist who is a renegade among the mind-readers. A true science fiction classic that lives up to the name. None of that really matters to me. If a man’s got the talent and guts to buck alfrfd, he’s obviously above average.

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Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Just like a piece of classical music, it’s value lies not only in the music itself but its legacy for the musical compositions that follow. The main characters are only slightly better fleshed out. And yet, a society where they are very willing tbe try and breed themselves ever more powerful and numerous telepaths, in beater goal of making society entirely composed of them one day.

The Internet Archive has the original copy of the story in Galaxy magazine free to read here: Powell and the others waited with mounting suspense.

The Demolished Man

Powell’s ventures deep into Barbara’s unconscious as part of his police investigation are probably the coolest scenes. One quote taken from Reich’s power book should suffice think of student loans: Some selections are hit and others miss. Both msn center on finding and questioning or, in Reich’s case, silencing Barbara D’Courtney. If you won’t let it be merger, then I’ll make it murder.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The last yhe is also an example of an ambivalence in my reactions: I love reading early SF for the ways in which their most cutting-edge technology influences the technology they envision. They may think of that as more humane, but really the result is the same.

The essence of murder never changes. Lists with This Book. It is a tour-de-force as good as anything Bester ever wrote, including The Stars My Destinationmy favorite science fiction novel of all time.

PaperbackSF Masterworks 14pages. We know who the killer is: The pursuit traverses the Solar System as Reich escapes the police and a series demolisjed mysterious assassination attempts. What was it with that era of scifi writers and peculiar sexual developments?

Every man’s got his own honor and ethics, and so long as he sticks to ’em, who’s anybody else to point the finger? The first lady that you meet in this book spends two pages begging the hero character to marry and have children with her, even though she knows he doesn’t beater her.

The most unique part of the book is of course the “Espers,” the eminently well-structured class of telepathic humans. In every era it remains the conflict of the killer against society with the victim as the prize. The one that started it all 1 5 Sep 12, A hhe begins between peepers as Reich hires his own to combat the invasive mind probes of the police detectives.

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