The Demolished Man [Alfred Bester] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the First Hugo Award. #14 in the Millennium SF. That’s the challenge Alfred Bester sets himself in his unconventional cult classic The Demolished Man, the first novel to win the Hugo Award back in Telepaths and their psionic abilities are not new in science fiction now and they weren’t when Bester wrote The Demolished Man, either.

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Many thousands of men and women known are Espers and that’s “Esper for Extra Sensory Perception,” have the unique power of reading minds. What I failed to appreciate however was how Bester chose to lay down his world building and science fiction elements, his style.

Reich tries but fails to murder Hassop, his chief of communications to try to prevent him from assisting the police with his knowledge of the corporate codes and Powell succeeds in abducting Hassop.

Be grateful that you never see the passions, the hatreds, the jealousies, the malice, the sicknesses Jul 24, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: You must learn how it is. Hugo Award for Best Novel. I was a bit surprised I enjoyed this one so much. Great conception that descends into mediocrity. Reich has many Class 2 and Class 3 Espers working for him but for this task he must hire a top Class 1 Esper.

He also visits Jerry Church, an Esper who is shunned by his kind as punishment for helping Reich break the law.

The last chapter wrapped things up nicely, which was nice because the penultimate chapter got rather surreal and confused the hell out of me, but just had me turning the page to find out what happens next. But at that time a new star appeared on my science fiction firmament: Not only because of the well-thought out telepathy, the story also has some fun SF speculation about life on Venus and Mars with characters taking interplanetary jaunts in rocketsand wonderfully weird futuristic buildings, despite very s social structures.


That makes me real. Telepathic ability is innate and inheritable but can remain latent and undetected in untrained persons. There is spoken dialogue and telepathic dialogue, and some neat layout of the text to try and show how they think.

One of the recurring minor characters in demplished series is an enforcement officer of the telepaths, a Psi Cop, played by Walter Koenig. This article’s plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. After you captured his attention, you can then guide your reader to the larger implications and underlining philosophy demolishef made you attack the subject in the first place.

Lists with This Book. This is what my poor review looks like now that the ‘pre’ tag is broken: He is powerful, intelligent, ruthless and devoted to telepaths and their goals. During one game, Mary Noyes constructs an image, which itself is a clue in a puzzle, from lines in a poem. To view it, click here. What happens here is that Bester directly laid down the ideas thread bare, without any effort edmolished subtly building his world. View all 6 comments. Reich is revealed to ma the natural son of Craye D’Courtney, from an affair with Reich’s mother — Reich’s hatred of him was probably due to a latent, telepathic knowledge of that fact.

I’d been calling the guy Buckson. Okay, there’s a twist, but it’s only back into those strained Freud-bits.

The Demolished Man

Why did all of them have to be fawning, helpless creatures waiting in the sidelines for their man to come fhe deliver them? D’Courtney had accepted the merger proposal. Reich contacts D’Courtney and proposes a merger of their concerns but Reich’s damaged psychological state causes him to misread D’Courtney’s positive response as a refusal.


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Jerry runs a pawn shop, in which Reich found an antique 20th-century handgun, a rare object in a largely non-violent society. But Bester tries to impart some psychological gravitas through generous doses of Freudian concepts and plenty of psychiatric jargon.

He is a member of the elite guild of Espers as in Extrasensory Aldredthe organization that trains new telepaths with native, untapped talents, and guards against abuses by the Espers against the ‘normals’. The Guild runs our professional lives. I’m relatively new to sf but I can see this is a novel not to be missed by fans of the genre.

This future has some inevitable dated elements mixed with some quite interesting details, and there’s a whole Freudian subtext that’s A pulpy energy drives this science-fiction noir through writing that is sometimes clunky, sometimes excellent check out Jenny Colvin’s review for a quote of the great passage that describes an exploded ceramics planta future setting with ESP-endowed “peepers” investigating the first murder in many years, and interesting if too broadly-characterized characters.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Alfrwd may have unlocked the hidden powers of our brains, but the animal hiding in the subconscious still lurks, ready to pounce. Want to Read saving….

Many readers will find this story maddening and unsatisfying.