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5.0 out of 5 stars With an awesome rending the world turned, 4 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Tiger! Tiger! (Paperback)
I can't believe that this book has not been reviewed before in Amazon. This is a truly seminal work which shockingly reflects the alienation, bitterness and cynicism of the post-war world. With a character loosely modelled on Swift's Gulliver the narrative explores 20th Century politics and culture with the inner Solar System as a backdrop. We see a disturbingly faithful reflection of society cruelly driven by fear and propaganda with science and technology as the fulcrum of the machinations of the ruling oligarchy. It is our own world stripped to the essential core.
With eloquent prose the story describes the magnified and distorted passions of a lassez faire and deeply divided scientific culture. The principal character is a desperately driven iconoclast suffering death and rebirth in the clockwork model universe created by Bester.
I read this book twenty five years ago and the detail has not gone away yet. If anything it becomes more vivid as human society converges on Bester's aweful visions.
This is his only work of any moment. The remainder of his collection I have read and find them to be entertaining but trivial by comparison. It is a pity that he had so little left after writing Tiger! Tiger!
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2015 16:45:26 GMT
I agree with your assessment of this book, though I think your opinion of his other works is quite harsh... The Demolished Man is a masterpiece of early science fiction.
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