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The premise sounded interesting, and all of my friends who read it prior had given it a 5. The New York Times.

The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Bester’s title was Demolition! The Guild runs our professional lives. Will not his beliefs become the world’s belief?

With its fast pace and campy dsmolished, the book also reminds us that Bester made his living writing for comic books, radio and television.

Call Idlewild,” kind of slayed me. Reich’s firm, Monarch Industries, is on the verge of bankruptcy, and he feels rebuffed in his attempts to propose a merger. In the novel, the ruling judge in the criminal case is a computer nicknamed Old Man Mose, big as a house, with led lights on his front panel, a feed slot that receives punch cards and an output on scrolling telex tape.

Sep 18, Jlawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: N ew A ngles on an O ld G enre. And yes, what was it with female characters in the 50s? Views Read Edit View history. And how to do it?


Anybody who want to get into reading sci-fi but bfster refuse to read the classics from the 50s, 60s etc. For a moment I felt like he might drift into the creepy-Heinlein territory, but thankfully he never went that far. Thus in this world a premeditated murder has not happened for 70 years, primarily due to the existence of the Esper Guild, the mandatory society of all espers who live under a strict code of conduct A 3rd is the lowest class of telepath.

Okay, there’s a twist, but it’s only back into those strained Freud-bits. He hatches an elaborate plan involving a book of games, an antique pistol, and a flash grenade that skews a person’s sense of time by wiping out the victim’s rhodopsin otherwise known as visual purple. Eight, sir; seven, sir; Six, sir; five, sir; Four, sir; three, sir; Two, sir; one!

The demilished mars a solid concept, a promising story and nearly ruins it.

Bester no doubt wanted lyrics whose sheer inanity would keep mind-readers at bay. There’s one computer in this story and it doesn’t even have a screen.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

It seems that there are a lot of bloggers out there, members of an Alfred Bester cult, perhaps. Punch me around a little. The most common, can detect only conscious thoughts at the time they are formed and are often employed as secretaries or administrators. Shasta Publishers first edition.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Though successful in all these fields, he is best remembered for his science fiction, including The Demolished Man, winner alffred the inaugural Hugo Award ina story about murder in a future society where the police are telepathic, and The Stars My Desti Alfred Bester was an American science fiction author, TV and radio scriptwriter, magazine editor and scripter for comic strips and comic books.


The novel is dedicated to Galaxy’ s editor, H.

A defrocked telepath has their title and rank listed as Esper 2. Now Lincoln Powell and Ben Reich are caught up in a race to find the missing eyewitness. Unfortunately, this was not the worst depiction of women in the book, which was really one of the most misogynistic stories that I’ve read.

Sep 06, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: And so the computers of the future are still giant punch-card reading machines, albeit punch-card readers with innovative uses. The world will be a wonderful place when everyone’s a peeper and everyone’s adjusted As a malicious psychological examination of megalomania, ethics, and daddy issues, the book really shines.

The conception is superb – but the execution is deeply flawed. This is Alfred Bester’s first novel and from what I’ve read about the book it had a real impact on the genre when it was released in and in some cases is considered the grandfather to the cyberpunk generation. In contrast, Alfred Bester was writing when popular culture was exploding, and the genre of science fiction was bursting with excitement and creativity.

All in all a gripping, entertaining and very readable sci-fi classic that should please all sci-fi fans. He was active in the media world, writing comics, radio, TV and film scripts.