The Demolished Man (1953)

Creators

Alfred Bester (writer).

Extent

Read in 2017.

Commentary

Futuristic orthography and other strained whimsies fail to spice up the inverted locked-room mystery plot. The worldbuilding sounds promising but goes Oedipal. It’s as if Bester wanted to remake Crime and Punishment (1866) with no discernible intellectual content, just flash.

References here: The Stars My Destination (1956).

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