Action and more action - enough unexpected zigzags to keep any reader guessing. These Telepaths take up many roles in society, such as physician and police commissioner. To add complexity to this brain peeping, the Espers are categorized by the level they can penetrate: 3rd Class Espers can peep the conscious mind to discover what the person is thinking at the moment, 2nd Class Espers can peep below the conscious level to the preconscious and 1st Class Espers can peep all the way down to the unconscious, the deepest levels of the mind. If all this peeping sounds like an invasion of privacy, you are spot-on - it most certainly is an invasion of privacy! Deep Psychology: Coupled with brain peeping, the characters in the novel pepper their conversation with Freudian terms like id, ego, superego. Sigmund Freud was a huge influence back in the s and Alfred Bester picks up on the prevailing psychological theory in a major way.
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And terrified. Good night, sir. Reich shouted: "Jonas! Why should I have all the fun? Thank you. Reich arose from the bed and toweled himself before the cheval mirror, practicing the smile. Why the screaming? The dials read: A. Here in New York it was a bitter morning after a bitter night of dreaming. He would give himself a few minutes of analysis with the Esper psychiatrist he retained.
The screaming had to stop. Those damned mindreaders are supposed to be the greatest advance since Homo sapiens evolved. E for Evolution. E for Exploitation! Carson Breen, Esper Medical Doctor 2, was already awake and ready for him. That one scream had been enough for Breen.
Now he was seated alongside the couch, elegant in embroidered gown his job paid twenty thousand credits a year and sharply alert his employer was generous but demanding. Childish of me. Yes, nightmares again. I was trying to rob a bank. Then I was trying to catch a train.
Then someone was singing. Me, I think. Finally Reich blurted: "Well? You peep anything? I never see it. All I know is You simply will not. If the best you can do is make idiotic statements Reich, or is it simply a part of the general anxiety syndrome? You must be made to see them.
Without words, please. Just think. Meant to think bort It was a significant correction or, rather, alteration. A phallic pun. Continue, please.
Finance, Transportation, and Mars. Over and over again You must be able to identify this terrifying figure. Why else would you attempt to escape by rejecting his face? You know who he is. You hate him and fear him, but you know who he is. You tell me. I can read your mind no deeper without help. I could hire.
You deliberately hired a 2nd Class Esper in order to protect yourself in such an emergency. Say, Augustus Tate or Gart or Samuel kins As he opened the door, Breen called: "By the way Think it over.
A wave of savage hatred burst over him. Known all along. Known it deep down inside. Monarch Tower was the central nervous system of an incredibly vast corporation, a pyramid of transportation, communication, heavy industry, manufacture, sales distribution, research, exploration, importation. Its pattern of subsidiaries and holding companies was so complex that it demanded the full-time services of a 2nd Class Esper Accountant to trace the labyrinthine flow of its finances.
They deposited the papers and recording crystals on his desk and departed hastily but without rancor. They were accustomed to his rages. He found most of the material he required in the middle pages of the book: QQBA
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His father, James J. Bester, owned a shoe store and was a first-generation American whose parents were both Austrian Jews. Their first child, Rita, was born in Though his mother was born Jewish, she became a Christian Scientist , and Alfred himself was not raised within any religious traditions; he wrote that "his home life was completely liberal and iconoclastic. He played on the Penn Quakers football team in and, by his own account, was "the most successful member of the fencing team. Rolly Bester was a Broadway,  radio and television actress, originating the role of Lois Lane on the radio program The Adventures of Superman. Bester was very nearly a lifelong New Yorker, although he lived in Europe for a little over a year in the mids and moved to exurban Pennsylvania with Rolly in the early s.
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Major characters[ edit ] Ben Reich, who lacks moral integrity and is willing to take considerable risks in order to see his wishes carried out. His personal mantra is: "Make your enemies by choice, not by accident". Lincoln Powell is a Class 1 Esper in his thirties. He is Prefect of Police, which in this case means chief detective.
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