|Plot Summary of The Demolished Man|
In the year 2301, the latent mind-reading abilities of humans have been developed to the point where there a hundred thousand Level 1 "Espers" (can read conscious thoughts), several thousand Level 2s (can read unconscious thoughts) and several hundred Class 1 Espers (can penetrate to the pre-conscious under the right conditions). In a society where people have such abilities, nobody has successfully committed a triple-A crime in more than 70 years. But with the help of a disgruntled and heavily bribed Class 1 Esper, Ben Reich, owner of Monarch Utilities & Resources Inc., tries to commit the perfect murder of his competitor. It is up to Class 1 detective Lincoln Powell to track him down and bring Reich to justice. A classic of the golden age of sci fi, _The Demolished Man_ won the first best novel Hugo, in 1953, and apart from the occasional outdated reference (e.g., someone takes a rocket out of "Idlewild" -- now JFK in New York), it holds up remarkably well after nearly a half century.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Demolished Man|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- finding a killer (criminal)
Mental/magical powers focus
- telepath (scifi)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
If magical mental powers:
- mind reading
- medium future 22-24th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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