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The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
The Demolished Man
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In the year 2301, guns are only museum pieces and benign telepaths sweep the minds of the populace to detect crimes before they happen. In 2301 murder is virtually impossible, but one man is about to change that...Ben Reich, a psychopathic business magnate, has devised the ultimate scheme to... show more
In the year 2301, guns are only museum pieces and benign telepaths sweep the minds of the populace to detect crimes before they happen. In 2301 murder is virtually impossible, but one man is about to change that...Ben Reich, a psychopathic business magnate, has devised the ultimate scheme to eliminate the competition and destroy the order of his society. The Demolished Man is a masterpiece of imaginative suspense, set in a superbly imagined world in which everything has changed except the ancient instinct for murder.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781857988222 (1857988221)
Publisher: Millenium
Pages no: 250
Edition language: English
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CDRBill
CDRBill rated it
5.0 The Demolished Man
This is a sixty year old story about committing premeditated murder in a precognitive society. I loved the story of the planning and setup for the murder by Ben Reich. And he probably would have gotten away with it but for one small slip of the tongue!The book is dated in some of the societal concep...
XLeptodactylous
XLeptodactylous rated it
1.0 The Demolished Man
This kid has some real issues, not least the fact that someone else is being a bit more successful than he is. So obviously he had to murder him, because hard work is just too much like hard work. But oh WAIT. Not only is murder illegal, it's also impossible because the police can read minds. But th...
Book Ramblings
Book Ramblings rated it
5.0 The Demolished Man
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 more than 10 years old. The reason given for this clause is usually because the scie...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
5.0 One of my most favorite books in any genre
I thought I had the review up for this book, but I just saw that one of Booklikes friends listed the cover as planning to read and decided to check and only see the rating. I first read this book in Russian translation when I was nine or ten. I lost the count how many times I reread it ever since. W...
Farnaz
Farnaz rated it
3.0 The Demolished Man
Ben Reich has two personalities. One wants to kill and destroy, the other not. The people too divided into 2 groups, the normals and the peepers or the telepaths. The peepers read people’s minds they can foresee future. Therefore, it’s not possible for a premeditated crime to occur. But Ben Reich di...
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