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A tune of utter monotony filled the room with agonizing, unforgettable banality. It
was the quintessence of every melodic cliche Reich had ever heard. No matter
what melody you tried to remember, it invariably led down the path of familiarity to
"Tenser, Said The Tensor." Then Duffy began to sing: Eight, sir; seven, sir; Six, sir;
five, sir; Four, sir; three, sir; Two, sir; one! Tenser, said the Tensor. Tenser, said
the Tensor. Tension, apprehension, And dissension have begun. "Oh my God!
Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun. RIFF. A perfect mind-block
for a non-Esper. What peeper could get past that? Tension, apprehension, and
dissension have begun. "Much smarter," murmured Reich, and flagged a Jumper
to Jerry Church's pawnshop on the upper west side. Tension, apprehension, and
dissension have begun. Despite all rival claims, pawnbroking is still the oldest
profession. The business of lending money on portable security is the most
ancient of ...
Alfred Bester. JLension, apprehension, and dissension have begun. Tension,
apprehension, and dissension have begun. Tension, apprehension, and
dissension have begun. "Shut up!" Reich cried. Eight, sir; Seven, sir; Six, sir; Five,
Sir: "For God's sake! Shut up!" Four, Sir; Three, sir; Two, sir; One! "You've got to
think. Why don't you think? What's happened to you? Why don't you think?"
Tension, apprehension and— "He was lying. You know he was lying. You were
right the first time.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - longhorndaniel - LibraryThing
really enjoyed this unique use of sci-fi with phycology twisted in; also like how he used Ecclesiastes hint plus the other multiple references he makes to a variety of things throughout Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Mrs_McGreevy - LibraryThing
In a future where the law is staffed by telepaths, how can you plot a murder? Ben Reich thinks he’s found a way. Does he succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out, and I envy anyone their first reading of this classic of science fiction. Read full review