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The Demolished Man By Alfred Bester The Demolished Man In a world in which the police have telepathic powers how do you get away with murder Ben Reichs heads a huge th century business empire spanning the solar system He is also an obsessed driven ma

  • Title: The Demolished Man
  • Author: Alfred Bester
  • ISBN: 9781857988222
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Demolished Man By Alfred Bester In a world in which the police have telepathic powers, how do you get away with murder Ben Reichs heads a huge 24th century business empire, spanning the solar system He is also an obsessed, driven man determined to murder a rival To avoid capture, in a society where murderers can be detected even before they commit their crime, is the greatest challenge of his life.
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    1. Manny on said:

      This is what my poor review looks like now that the pre tag is broken So too what telepath do a you are think fun Oh of kind the It s Demolished Man and here s the source Come on , fix this bug You ve been sitting on it for months.

    2. Apatt on said:

      I have a bee in my bonnet that I would like to deal with first I tend to feel annoyed even though I shouldn t when people ask for sci fi recommendations with the caveat that the book being recommended must not be than 10 years old The reason given for this clause is usually because the science is wrong , there is no internet or history did not turn out the way the author depicted in the book WUT I would like to reiterate that it is not a sci fi author s job to predict the future, the whole poin [...]

    3. Algernon on said:

      Winner of the very first Hugo Award in 1953, The Demolished Man is a classic by any metric you might measure it with Some fans and critics consider it a watershed moment, the transition from planetary romance, with its laser guns, barely dressed ladies and bug eyed monsters to serious considerations of the impact of technology on society and on individual lives Under the pen of Alfred Bester a futuristic murder investigation becomes the eternal struggle for the soul of Man, as it is played throu [...]

    4. Richard on said:

      I probably never would have gotten to this classic if a reading group hadn t chosen it and I really wouldn t have missed it.My response was kinda meh , and I ve been thinking about why I believe at least two problems can interfere with my appreciation of any old book, and science fiction often has further liabilities.The first general problem is that these works, when new, were sometimes exploring ideas that were fresh and invigorating The passage of years and the spread of mass media means what [...]

    5. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      In a world dominated by telepaths known as Espers or Peepers crime is very difficult to get away with When thoughts and memories are up for grabs a man like Ben Reich, who is premeditating a murder, must employ unorthodox methods to protect his inner most thoughts He decides to go to a jingle songwriter for protection He asks for the most mundane song to be played, a song that simple will not escape your brain, the type of jingles from commercials usually beer my brother and I used to sing in th [...]

    6. Stuart on said:

      The Demolished Man A SF classic about murder in a telepathic society Posted at Fantasy Literature If I had read this book back in 1952 when it was first published, I would have given it 5 stars, no question But in 2014, with 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 Having said that, The Demolished Man remains an impressively imagine [...]

    7. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      The very first Hugo winner of all time, The Demolished Man is like a crime novel that happens to be in a science fiction universe, an earth where nobody has committed a murder in 70 years because so many people are trained to be telepathic The people who have telepathy are referred to as Espers, and go through training, and fall into three categories depending on their abilities This is a good read because of the action fast paced but also because I love all the little details of the world I wi [...]

    8. Jareed on said:

      But man is not made for defeat, he said A man can be destroyed but not defeated Hemingway, 1952 The human spirit cannot be defeated, but it can be destroyed, in this case, the complete eradication of what you once were, the complete destruction of the psyche, the birth of The Demolished Man.Awarded the first ever Hugo Awards in 1953,The Demolished Man is considered to have had an extensive impact to the genre that rippled through the ages especially in the cyberpunk generation But 62 years after [...]

    9. Vit Babenco on said:

      Man will find a way to cheat even in the most utopian society the nature of human being is incorrigible The Demolished Man is a unique and very idiosyncratic dystopian mystery and an early harbinger of cyberpunk.The tale is taking place in the distant future where psychiatric science is in prime and psychic phenomena factually rule society Psychology is used to detect criminals and even to escape reality utilizing catatonia A great new treatment Patient goes into catatonia It s an escape Flight [...]

    10. Hazal Çamur on said:

      Y k ma Giden Adam pek ok katmandan olu an bir ke meke ve ben bunu iyi anlamda s yl yorum New York lu Bester n b y k ehir insan n n i ine do du u, b y d ve ld kaosu anlat m na ta d s rekli bir yerlere yeti me, bir eyleri ka rmamak i in acele etme ve bu s rada n ne geleni ezip ge me d rt lerini diline aktard bir eser Bester n bu b y k ehir dili bana inan lmaz tan d k geldi Eh, bir stanbullu olarak ben ve bu ehrin di er insanlar da b y k bir kaosun par as y z te t m bu nedenlerden Ben Reich n karak [...]

    11. Shayan Foroozesh on said:

      3.5 Alfred Bester, one of the icons of science fiction though I didn t know him until a month ago yep you got me I m not much a sci fi guy , challenges himself by writing an inter genre novel,The Demolished Man , which is the Hugo Award winner dated in 1953 The novel is certainly one of his best novels but a way behind to best his best Bester novel The Stars My Destination Yet it was a pretty entertaining novel with some good old ancient obsolete science Oh I m exaggerating you can leave out the [...]

    12. Lit Bug on said:

      3.5 StarsThis book manages to both impress and fail to impress, on account of its strong plot and weak narration.The conception is realistic, exciting, and has enough elements of SF that of a world teeming with graded Espers or mind readers who police the world that has now expanded to settle on various planets, and catch the criminal before he can even properly lay on the plan.In 2301, Ben Reich, owner of Monarch corporation, decides, in murderous passion, to murder of, course his rival knowing [...]

    13. Terry on said:

      An enjoyable story that combines a murder mystery with SF I liked it, but was a bit let down after the awesomeness that was _The Stars My Destination_ Once again Bester introduces an sfnal change to the world and logically posits some of the possible changes that would result in society in this case it is psychic ability.The most obvious impact that Bester examines is the way in which crime and policing will be affected by the fact that a fairly large segment of the population can at least sense [...]

    14. Charity on said:

      So, I finished this book yesterday 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 love her The second lady that you meet in this novel is a shop girl that spends her whole scene trying to get the protagonist to kiss her like he means it pout The third lady that you meet in this novel is a ditsy esper 3, only invited to the party because of her looks She makes a fool of herself and everyon [...]

    15. Stephen on said:

      4.5 stars One the first if not the first true SF psychological thrillers A superb read that ranks up there with another classic Bester novel, The Stars My Destination A true science fiction classic that lives up to the name Highly recommended.Winner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1953

    16. Rob on said:

      Executive Summary Part sci fi, part detective novel, part thriller I was a bit surprised I enjoyed this one so much.Full ReviewWhen this book was announced as the September Sword Laser pick, my initial reaction was never heard of it.The premise sounded interesting, and all of my friends who read it prior had given it a 5 Good sign But it s 60 years old It was in fact the first book to win the Hugo 60 years ago this year.I don t read a lot of classics I ve found most of the ones I ve read boring [...]

    17. Yaprak on said:

      Y k ma Giden Adam bize 24 y zy lda zihin okuyucular n da oldu u bir d nyay tasvir ediyor Esper ad verilen bu zihin okuyucu ki ilerin varl ve bu ba lamda kullan mlar su oranlar n d rm , hatta cinayeti tamamen ortadan kald rm durumda nk insanlar cinayet planlad klar anda Esperler bunu fark edip gerekli yerlere bildirmekle g revliler Ben Reich yarat lan bu g ne sisteminin bir o unu i ine alan d nyan n en g l adamlar ndan biri ve rakibi oldu u irketin sahibini ba ka t rl yenemeyince onu ld rmeye kar [...]

    18. Lizzie on said:

      This is a 2.5 for me and I m hovering on which way to round it What will I decide See, this book has rubbed off on me At many turns, this book sounds overwhelmingly cheesy I can see why these roots of sci fi are so interesting to people, because they re such a product of their period as well as reaching for something forward thus, it s weirdly bold and corny at the same time This book is focused on its characters, which is a very good way to write This was a present from Evan, who pointed that o [...]

    19. Nick Imrie on said:

      The Demolished Man is sometimes called the first cyberpunk novel, and it took me ages to figure out why There s one computer in this story and it doesn t even have a screen The characters feed data in using punchcards.But that s not where the cyberpunk comes from The Demolished Man features a society of telepaths, known as Espers, and Bester has clearly given a lot of thought to how telepathic communication might work and pretty much predicted how conversation works on the internet People speak [...]

    20. Sarah on said:

      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 Demolished Man is a strange combination outwardly pulp, but with a thoughtful exploration at its core It is science fiction, insofar as it takes place in a potential future, and is full of the standard trappings of pulp SF flying cars and routine [...]

    21. Nate D on said:

      What was up with the 50s Not only are nearly all the female characters lovely, inneffectual young ladies being cast aside by by powerful older men but the ont exception is a powerful older man falling in love with a literally infantalized expression of various Freud based concepts Which leads me to Jake s comment on the general embarrassing proliferation of particularly dated Freudisms And then, it seems for a while that our protagonist is, seriously, a dashing billionaire with the sheer rebelli [...]

    22. Kayıp Rıhtım on said:

      Ben Reich, d neminin en zengin iki i adam ndan biridir ve hakl olarak kapitalist bir d zene hizmet etmektedir an, hret ve paran n tesir etti i her insan gibi Reich de olduk a k skan , kibirli ve h rsl d r H rs onun ba na b y k belalar a acakt r zira Reich, r yalar nda s k a kar la t Y z Olmayan Adam bulmaya ve intikam almaya ant i ecektir Bu d nce onu kusursuz bir cinayet plan d nmeye itecektir, lakin hesaba katmas gereken ok nemli bir ey daha vard r 21 y zy ldan beri d nyada cinayet denen bir o [...]

    23. Jan-Maat on said:

      I read this as a little lad.Fun, its notions of telepaths, on reflection, may well have gone on to influence Philip K Dick.It s central idea that criminals should be rehabilitated and returned to function in society remains science fiction however, indeed one has to wonder where writers get these crazy ideas from.

    24. Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann on said:

      Eight, sir seven, sir Six, sir five, sir Four, sir Three, sir Two, sir one Tenser, said the Tensor.Tenser, said the Tensor.Tension, apprehension,And dissension have begun.

    25. Gürkan Akkaya on said:

      Sevmedim, bana g re de ildi.Ne diline, ne d nyas na, ne karakterlerine hi birine s namad m Elimde s r nd zaten P

    26. Claudia on said:

      A blend of a murder case, an anti hero character and his antonym, a battle of consciences, which led in the end to the ultimate belief in the goodness of humankind Listen, normals You must learn what it is You must learn how it is You must tear the barriers down You must tear the veils away We see the truth you cannot see That there is nothing in man but love and faith, courage and kindness, generosity and sacrifice All else is only the barrier of your blindness One day we ll all be mind to mind [...]

    27. Rachel (Kalanadi) on said:

      3.5 stars, rounding up since I was fascinated by the plot and writing Can definitely see the influence this might have had on Delany.Any gripes I have are predictably about how women are treated you know, naked or infantile, or both.But otherwise, wow

    28. Kevin on said:

      Winner of the first Hugo award, I liked it but didn t love it My first objection, is that when I m reading a mystery I don t like the perpetrator revealed until the end, I like to try to solve the mystery not solve how the cop will solve the crime The only time I ve liked a mystery set up that way is the old TV show Colombo I like reading non fiction about psychology, but I m not crazy about psychological novels, and eper novels read like psychological novels to me My final objection was that I [...]

    29. Ema on said:

      2013 will be a science fiction year for me, that s for sure I have no idea why I gave up reading SF, but I am rediscovering the pleasure for this genre Oh, my, I have a lot to catch up with the classics The Demolished Man is one of these SF classics and I enjoyed it quite a lot It is like a detective novel, only that the events take place in the future, when mankind is divided in Normal people and Telepaths The latter are capable of reading minds and they have various degrees of skillfulness the [...]

    30. Simon on said:

      Wow, this felt so fresh and exciting like it could have been written recently only they don t write SF this good any Not bad for a novel written some sixty years ago That s when you know that a book truly deserves to be in the SF Masterworks series.So, reading through other people s reviews of the book I was surprised to see some people criticise this for being dated Okay, if one wants to be critical, there were definitely some aspects that were undeniably dated such as the treatment of female [...]

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