Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Demolished Man
Alfred Bester


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. The Demolished Man was the winner of the inaugural Hugo Award in 1953

Paperback, 256pp
Orion Publishing, 1999 (1953)
ISBN 9781857988222