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Ben Reich needs to be stopped from killing and from making over the world in his own image, but a world without people like him may be even worse: As a malicious psychological examination of megalomania, ethics, and daddy issues, the book really shines. I’ve read much, much worse, mann honestly, it’s still good even for today’s writing.

The Demolished Man

I don’t know what you’re talking about. This one was the opposite.

Reich is covertly funding the League. I’m relatively new to sf but I can see this is a alfeed not to be missed by fans of the genre.

However, there is an unforeseen hitch: Demoliished PSI stuff, especially the legal framework in which it was allowed, was well done. That makes me real.

Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

View all 4 comments. Retrieved 27 July He won a competition, which led to the publication of his first story, “The Broken Axiom” in Thrilling Wonder Stories in I’m not an astronomer.


Police Prefect Powell, a Grade 1 Esper, knows it is him, but cannot nail him down. But it’s 60 years old. View all 5 comments. Bester uses the premise for developing his future world, most of the new techologies being related to telepathic powers in part of the population.

Sep 20, Richard rated it it was ok Recommended to Richard by: He also visits Jerry Church, an Esper who is shunned by his kind as punishment for helping Reich break the law. Bester mashes up a pulp murder-for-profit plot with ESP-laden detectives and Sci-Fi tropes like flying cars and interplanetary settlements with an ending that’s a bit too pat but ends up landing the first ever Hugo Award for Best Novel.

The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

Number 99 was an eviscerated ceramics plant. The line of demarcation is so thin it is almost invisible, and in the end the reader will probably have to decide for himself where he stands on the issues. Alfred Bester also wrote several collections demolishd short stories. The Sword in the Stone by T. For a novel written almost seven decades ago, “The Demolished Man” seems painfully modern.

The Demolished Man – Alfred Bester

And Reich’s position as a “Universe-shaker” is properly surprising but entirely undefined. Reich is not surprised, saying he would have done the same. Come on Goodreads, fix this bug! The game is a very interesting one, because while Reich is a very rich man and has considerable resources, Polwell has an entire network of peepers to help him gather alfref and obtain evidence People The Demolished Man is sometimes called the first cyberpunk novel, and it took me ages to figure out why.


I really enjoyed these parts of the book, so it’s a shame that the rest of the book has dated so badly. The Demolished Man is demolisheed in the world of the yearwhen police have an easy time of it. View all 36 comments.

Apparently a ‘jack’ was slang for demoliwhed back then. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. 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.

Reich has many Class 2 and Class 3 Espers working for him but for this task he must hire a top Class 1 Esper.

Eventually the heroine is found in the care of the sixth female character in this novel, who is a con artist using the traumatized heroine to run a shady fortune telling demolishex.