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Demolished Man
Demolished Man
Author: Alfred Bester
In the year 2301, the wealthiest man in the universe is determined to commit murder in a world in which telepaths are used to detect possible crimes before they can happen. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
ISBN-13: 9780451044617
ISBN-10: 0451044614
Publication Date: 12/1/1970
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Publisher: Roc
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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A classic late-70s science fiction novel about one powerful man's battle to pit his skills against a telepathic police force and get away with murder.
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Ben Reich (that's him on the cover) is the CEO of one of the largest transnationals, in an age of enlightenment, wherein crime has been virtually abolished through the proliferation of people who can read your mind and prevent crimes long before they happen. Except he has murderous intent - and he plans to pull off the first real murder in centuries, by beating the system at its own game.

Its pretty good. Im not convinced that he alone could have gotten away with murder, but I was delighted at how completely psychopathic he was. The book fell prey to one of the worst follies of sci-fi: using cutesy future-lingo that really grates on the ears and (for me) adds nothing to realism. The mechanics of reading minds seemed very thought-through - though I could be wrong. It's worth reading the whole way through to Demolition.
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This science fiction classic was the winner of the first Hugo Award. It has an introduction by Harry Harrison.
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