Although not as well known as many other Hugo Award winning novels this novel us undoubtably a masterpiece of science fiction. The winner of the first Hugo Award it helped to create the prestige for the most prestigious of science fiction awards.
The ideas of this book have also influanced much of the science fiction which has come after. One of the most obvous of these influances is on the TV show Babylon 5. In Babylon 5 the Psi Corps are very similar in many ways to the Esper Guild in The Demolished Man. Even the name of Alfred Bester is found in the show Babylon 5 a clear nod to the author of the demolished man which developed the ideas that were used by the show.