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seekingferret ([personal profile] seekingferret) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-03-22 03:24 pm (UTC)

Bester is kind of a mess- he's 'important' as one of the only real proto-cyberpunks, writing stories about people living at the margins of the future in an era when most SF heroes still wore labcoats or spacesuits. His stories are often stylish and intricate, but his social conscience feels a lot less... structured than Gibson's. It's not clear exactly how he feels about marginalized people and society's responsibility to them. I think The Demolished Man is worth reading if you're a fan of old SF- at the least, it'll explain a handful of the jokes from Babylon 5, but it's not a book I've ever wanted to return to.

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