The Demolished Man

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Overview

Winner of the First Hugo Award.

#14 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written.

"Bester's two superb books have stood the test of time. For nearly sixty years they've held their place on everybody's list of the ten greatest sf novels" -Robert Silverberg

"One of the all-time classics of science fiction."-Isaac Asimov

"Alfred Bester wrote with the pedal to the floor and the headlights on full beam. His work combined erudition with an unparalleled imaginative inventiveness. Bester was writing cyberpunk while William Gibson was still running around zapping the other kids at school with a toy raygun."-James Lovegrove

In a world policed by telepaths, Ben Reich plans to commit a crime that hasn't been heard of in 70 years: murder. That's the only option left for Reich, whose company is losing a 10-year death struggle with rival D'Courtney Enterprises. Terrorized in his dreams by The Man With No Face and driven to the edge after D'Courtney refuses a merger offer, Reich murders his rival and bribes a high-ranking telepath to help him cover his tracks. But while police prefect Lincoln Powell knows Reich is guilty, his telepath's knowledge is a far cry from admissible evidence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679767817
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: First Vitage Books Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    Good!!

    I read this book several years ago, but I still know what it was about, not as the review say's business man uses future tech, for his own needs. It is sometime in the future, and telepaths (and all other tele's) are an officially recognised group. They have their own ethics council and code of conduct. Breaking any of the rules (laws) will bannish you to 'coventry' (no-one will talk to you telepathically, left out in the cold(. The story is about a telepath, a.k.a. peepers, who is a cop. Due to the emergence of telepaths, crime is at an all time low and there hasn't been a murder in over 70 years. However this soon is no longer true. I can't remember the hero's name, but he is called in to investigate the murder of a old and very rich business man. Police telepaths have to ask permission before reading someone's mind, making the job of catching the criminal harder. The hero's life is complicated by the fact that he is nearing his 40th birthday and has to, according to the rules set by the telepath council, get married, to a telepath or some else with psi, and have children. While on the case he meets a variety of people, normal and tele's who push him down a certain road to the killer. He is convinced he knows who the killer is, he does know, but in order to be able to charge the killer the police must have motive, opportunity and method. One or two out of three is not good enough. To help the police, they have either a semi- or full AI computer to help them get all three aspects of the case together. The computer cannot however be asked directly for answers. It gives a percentage rating as to how well or not the case is standing up.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

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    Another outstanding offering by Bester. Together with The Stars

    Another outstanding offering by Bester. Together with The Stars My Destination it really shows why Bester is among the best there has ever been in SF. It's about murder, in a world where telepaths have prevented murder for decades.

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