By Alfred Bester
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The Demolished guy, via Alfred Bester, is a technology fiction novel that used to be the 1st Hugo Award winner in 1953. the tale used to be first serialized in 3 elements, starting with the January 1952 factor of Galaxy technological know-how Fiction, by way of ebook of the unconventional in 1953. the radical is devoted to Galaxy's editor, H. L. Gold, who made feedback in the course of its writing. Bester's identify used to be Demolition!, yet Gold talked him out of it.
In the yr 2301, weapons are just museum items and benign telepaths sweep the minds of the population to observe crimes prior to they occur. In 2301 homicide is nearly most unlikely, yet one guy is set to alter that...
Ben Reich, a psychopathic company mogul, has devised the final word scheme to put off the contest and ruin the order of his society. The Demolished guy is a masterpiece of inventive suspense, set in a wonderfully imagined international within which every thing has replaced other than the traditional intuition for homicide.
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Special delivery. He opened it. Inside, a slip of paper. It said: POT-HEALER, I NEED YOU. AND I WILL PAY. No signature. No address except his, as destination. My god, he thought, this is something real and big. I know it. He carefully moved his chair around so that he faced the red warning light of the mail tube. And prepared to wait. Until it comes, he said to himself. Unless I physically starve to death first. I will not voluntarily die, now, he thought harshly. I want to stay alive. And wait.
Dialing his phone, he obtained a satellite relay to Japan; he raised Tokyo and gave the digits for the Tokyo translating computer. With the skill of long habit he obtained a direct line to the great, clanking, booming construct; he bypassed its host of attendants. “Oral transmission,” he informed it. The hulking GX9 computer clicked over to oral, rather than visual, reception. “The Corn Is Green,” Joe said. He turned on the recording unit of his phone. At once the computer answered, giving the Japanese equivalent.
I’m depressed. I can’t stand this much longer. Do you know what I mean? ” He waited. A faceless moment poured past in which neither of them spoke. “I’m ringing off,” Joe said, and began to hang up. “Wait,” Gauk said rapidly. ” He hung up, sat emptily staring. On his unfolded sheet of paper he had several more, but—It’s gone, he said to himself, bitterly. The energy, the capacity to fiddle away a lifetime without dignified work, and, in its place, the performance of the trivial, even the voluntarily trivial, as we have constructed here in The Game.
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester