The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

I find it strange that people feel that this has dated when it seems so modern to me. But maybe that is because I read it as a thriller as much, if not more than as science fiction and as a thriller it can scarcely be accused of lacking originality, can it? What’s more, the writing style is clever, tight and catchy.

If you are one of those science fiction knockers who detract a star for each time the writer fails to predict the future, this book is not for you. But if you want a pacy exciting tale in an interesting futuristic setting which makes you think about the social implications of mind-reading and of the genetic modification of humans, grab it!

Everybody quotes this and that’s the whole point of it, it’s a loop that is hard to get out of your head once you let it in:

tension, apprehension and dissension have begun

I kind of dance to it….

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