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    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


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    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 point is to speculate Anybody who want to get into reading sci fi but steadfastly refuse to read the classics from the 50s, 60s etc is really doing themselves a disfavor and missing out on some of the greatest sf stories and ideas ever written in the history of mankind.Which brings us to Alfred s Bester s The Demolished Man, first published in 1953 Read this or his other classic The Stars My Destination and you will understand why I insist sci fi readers should never neglect older science fiction These a...


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    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 the car to drive my parents crazy 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 The best protection, Ben Reich believes, against at least lower level peepers is a song that creates interference in his thoughts concealing his true intentions and his memories He is in an epic corporate struggle with his main rival D Courtney and the old man running the company is his target for MURDER 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 Even the best laid plans encounter problems and just as Reich is preparing to destroy his nemesis D Courtney s daugh...


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    If you won t let it be merger, then I ll make it murder American author Alfred Bester s 1953 zooming supersonic science fiction crime thriller The Demolished Man features power hungry Ben Reich, corporate tycoon a la Jonas Cord from The Carpetbaggers, moving and shaking and shooting he way through 24th Century New York City and beyond Action and action enough unexpected zigzags to keep any reader guessing A batch of highlights from this future world Brain Peepers Many thousands of men and women known are Espers and that s Esper for Extra Sensory Perception, have the unique power of reading minds These Telepaths take up many roles in society, such as physician and police commissioner The Espers influence is pervasive on nearly every page of the novel, these peepers are peeping into the minds of normal people author s language here or conversing amongst themselves, mind to mind, without the need for speech To add complexity to this brain peeping, the Espers are categorized by the level they can penetrate 3rd Class Espers can peep the conscious mind to discover what the person is thinking at the moment, 2nd Class Espers can peep below the conscious level to the preconscious and 1st Class Espers can peep all the way down to the unconscious, the deepest levels of the mind Incidentally, in this 24th century world such Extra Sensory Perception isn t the consequence of speci...


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    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 through the centuries between the angels of our better nature and the demons of our base emotions The essence of murder never changes In every era it remains the conflict of the killer against society with the victim as the prize And the ABC of conflict with society remains constant Be audacious, be brave, be confident and you will not fail Against these assets society can have no defense We know who the killer is Ben Reich, one of the richest men in Bester s future Earth, the CEO of the biggest corporation in the Solar System 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 Reich s spanner in the works is the fact that this Tomorrow s World has managed to discover, train and deplo...


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    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 was once new is now hackneyed This can apply to the religious revelations of Fyodor Dostoevsky as well as to the scifi innovations of Alfred Bester.The other broad problem is a change in style In Dostoevsky s time the reading population was probably biased heavily towards elites with a liberal arts education that we can only dream of today, and since reading was the dominant entertainment pastime the readers attention span was probably also beyond ours Cultural changes have rendered Dostoevsky inaccessible and dull In contrast, Alfred Bester was writing when popular culture was exploding, and the genre of science fiction was bursting with excitement and creativity We ve gotten much serious since then, and some of the flash of those years seems garish and amateurish now.For Bester s The Demolished Man these problems of content and style have both hurt His use of int...


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    The Demolished Man 1953 , first winner of the Hugo Award, is an ingenious amalgam of noir policier and dystopian science fiction of the mega corporate telepathic surveillance variety It poses the question what if you are a very rich man who wishes to kill another rich man, but you live in a society in which mutant telepaths called Espers or peepers guard every big corporation and work for the metropolitan police Is the perfect crime still possible And how would you go about committing it This begins as a Columbo style tale, in which we first watch Ben Reich as he plots and executes the murder of Craye D Courtney, and then observe Police Prefect Lincoln Powell an Esper himself as he investigates the crime, interrogating Reich periodically as he gets closer to the truth Both Reich and Powell have their stratagems and their peeper allies, and their dance of pursuit and flight is intricate and entertaining Oh, and there is a love interest too, between the Prefect and the murdered man s daughter, the traumatized and of course beautiful Barbara D Courtney.The best part of the book, however, is the conclusion where we learn what demolition the penalty of a serious crime really means It is a tour de force as good as any...


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    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 imagined story of future society shared by telepaths and normals, and the attempt by a wealthy megalomaniac industrialist Ben Reich to stage and get away with murder in a society where the police and many others can read thoughts and memories It s an exciting and pulpy adventure, and presages the cyberpunk genre by over 30 years Neuromancer, Altered Carbon, Minority Report in particular they all contain remnants of Bester s DNA So it was well deserving of the inaugural Hugo Award, especially when you see the low quality of some of the other nominees and winners back in the early days, most of which have faded from popular memory without a murmur of protest has anyone read the next year s winner They d Rather Be Right Didn t think so.It s not fair to ridicule how badly aged the future visions of venerable SF authors from the Golden Age can become Instead, we should consider how much they inspired f...


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    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 wish I could see a movie version because I want to see people fighting in their heads, having telepathic party games, and than anything I want to see the Rainbow House of Chooka Frood Number 99 was an eviscerated ceramics plant During the war a succession of blazing explosions had burst among the stock of thousands of chemical glazes, fused them, and splashed them into a wild rainbow reproduction of a lunar crater Great splotches of magenta, violet, bice green, burnt umber, and chrome yellow were burned into the stone walls Long streams of orange, crimson, and imperial purple had erupted through windows and doors to streak the streets and surrounding ruins with splashing brush streets A molten conglomerate had oozed down through the floors to settle on the floor of the lowest vault and harden into shimmering pavement, crystal in texture, phosphore...


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    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 of 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 word ancient Bester mixes two genres sci fi and detective, and succeeds in doing so In a world where murder is nearly impossible, because of a cult of better evolved humans who can read the mind of other people, a man cleverly manages to murder the first murder in seventy years a VIP and a do...


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  • Mass Market
  • 239 pages
  • The Demolished Man
  • Alfred Bester
  • English
  • 14 June 2019
  • 9780671820466