Welcome to Show #17!
Summer, Joe and David tackle the first novel to win the Hugo Award, Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man. The story is on the surface a pulp police procedural where a weary yet tenacious detective must catch a killer.
What sets this story apart from typical pulp novels is the incorporation of telepaths and telepathy as integral necessities of society, for business and commerce, lifestyle quality, and for deterring crime.
The Demolished Man is generally recognized as the first novel to delve into telepaths and society, and many stories that followed, in both literature and television, borrowed heavily from the telepath behaviors Bester set up in this story.
Did you know that there is a feature film currently in production? I didn’t at the time we recorded this show back in July…
Listener feedback: We discuss a comment from an anonymous caller about Ninja work habits. Since this show is being posted almost a month later than I’d wanted to get it out, I really have nothing to say, except that after Dragon*Con, we’ll be back on our regular schedule of every other week.
Link: Wikipedia: The Demolished Man