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    The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

In a world policed by telepaths, Ben Reich plans to commit a crime that hasn't been heard of in 70 years: murder. That's the only option left for Reich, whose company is losing a 10-year death struggle with rival D'Courtney Enterprises. Terrorized in his dreams by The Man With No Face and driven to the edge after D'Courtney refuses a merger offer, Reich murders his rival and bribes a high-ranking telepath to help him cover his tracks. But while police prefect Lincoln Powell knows Reich is guilty, his telepa

Year: 1953
Genre: Science FictionSF Detective

    Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

The world is crowded. Far too crowded. Its starving billions live on lentils, soya beans, and --if they're lucky--the odd starving rat. In a New York City groaning under the burden of 35 million inhabitants, detective Andy Rusch is engaged in a desperate and lonely hunt for a killer everyone has forgotten. For even in a world such as this, a policeman can find himself utterly alone....

Year: 1966
Genre: DystopianSF Detective

    A Talent for the Invisible by Ron Goulart

In 2020 A.D. even 20-20 vision wouldn't help you to see Jack Conger when he was working. Because Jack was an operative of the Wild Talents Division of the U.S. Remedial Functions Agency -- and his particular specialty was making himself invisible.

Year: 1973
Genre: SF Detective

    The Panchronicon Plot by Ron Goulart

What better way to get rid of political enemies than to shove them back into the past and maroon them there? It isn't exactly murder but it sure could raise a hob with history!

Year: 1977
Genre: SF DetectiveTime Travel

    Brainz, Inc. by Ron Goulart

Jake Pace is halfway through mixing a batch of cookies when his lawyer arrives with a corpse. The body in the coffin is an android, built in the shape of recently deceased electronics heiress Sylvie Kirkyard and implanted with a chip that holds Sylvie’s memories.

Year: 1985
Genre: SF Detective

    Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Year: 2002
Genre: CyberpunkHard SFSF Detective

    Lock in by John Scalzi

a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

Year: 2014
Genre: SF Detective

    Gnomon by Nick Harkaway

In the world of Gnomon, citizens are constantly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of 'transparency.' Every action is seen, every word is recorded, and the System has access to its citizens' thoughts and memories--all in the name of providing the safest society in history. When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody, it marks the first time a citizen has been killed during an interrogation. The System doesn't make mistakes...

Year: 2017
Genre: DystopianNear FutureSF DetectiveSpeculative

 

 

Titles

Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1953The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester Science Fiction, SF Detective
1966Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison Dystopian, SF Detective
1973A Talent for the Invisible by Ron Goulart SF Detective, Jack Conger
1977The Panchronicon Plot by Ron Goulart SF Detective, Time Travel, Jack Conger
1985Brainz, Inc. by Ron Goulart SF Detective
2002Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan Cyberpunk, Hard SF, SF Detective, Takeshi Kovacs
2014Lock in by John Scalzi SF Detective
2017Gnomon by Nick Harkaway Dystopian, Near Future, SF Detective, Speculative

 

 

 


 

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