The Stars My Destination

Bester, Alfred

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Stars My Destination
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#5 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written. "Science fiction has only produced a few works of actual genius, and this is one of them"-Joe Haldeman "Bester at the peak of his powers is, quite simply, unbeatable" -James Lovegrove Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel that had intended to leave him to die. When it comes to pop culture, Alfred Bester (1913-1987) is something of an unsung hero. He wrote radio scripts, screenplays, and comic books (in which capacity he created the original Green Lantern Oath). But Bester is best known for his science-fiction novels, and The Stars My Destination may be his finest creation. With its sly potshotting at corporate skullduggery, The Stars My Destination seems utterly contemporary, and has maintained its status as an underground classic for fifty years. (Bester fans should also note that iPicturebooks has reprinted The Demolished Man, which won the very first Hugo Award in 1953.) Alfred Bester was among the first important authors of contemporary science fiction. His passionate novels of worldly adventure, high intellect, and tremendous verve, The Stars My Destination and the Hugo Award winning The Demolished Man, established Bester as a s.f. grandmaster, a reputation that was ratified by the Science Fiction Writers of America shortly before his death. Bester also was an acclaimed journalist for Holiday magazine, a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and even a writer for Superman.

Publisher: New York : iPicturebooks, [2011]
Edition: 2nd trade paper ed
ISBN: 9781876963460
1876963468
Branch Call Number: SF BESTER 2011
Characteristics: 225 p. ;,23 cm

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"@multcolib Do you know of anything that's like a Jim Thompson novel, but sci-fi?"
The I ching indicates that you may like this tale of a teleporting idiot savant bent on revenge.


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Feb 03, 2015
  • Donymous rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Humanistic. Great book for a discussion.

Oct 10, 2014
  • ms_Ballbricker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

There are only a handful of novels that will change how you see the world. This is one of them. Enough said?

Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was so good I couldn't put it down and ended up reading it in 2 days.

Gully Foyle is a most despicable, brutal, savage, unintelligent man. He lives in a world where teleportation is the common mode of transportation, where only the rich bother with time consuming modes of travel and feminism has been set back generations.

Some of my favorite books are the kind that are almost impossible to describe and the only thing to say is 'You have to read it'. This is one of those books.

May 12, 2014
  • Seanahnah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite Science-Fiction novels!
If you are a fan of Count of Monte Cristo, Give this a try.

Jan 21, 2013
  • MissVerity rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Yes, both a short & fast-paced read. Without spoiling too much: Be forewarned that the main character is a despicable lowlife at the get-go... but his character development doesn't doesn't stay exactly like the first few chapters. Actually my first sci fi book, and a blind book club pick by my sci fi connoisseur friend. Turned out to be a engrossing read, & inspired 3 hours of book club discussion.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's the Count of Monte Cristo... in space... in a future where everyone has the ability to teleport... and the inner planets and the outer planets are at war. Also, the actions of the revenge-taker (framed in fearful symmetry) leave the fate of all humankind hanging in the balance. Can it be any more awesome?

Sep 14, 2011
  • johnnyjj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great novel that reads like a rich, dense TV script, in an original style that's very readable. Imagine it as a solitary Firefly (TV show) with a ruthless leader at its helm that explores social and economic imbalances potentially corrected by technology and self-determination.

Jun 30, 2011
  • ColemanRidge rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A shiftless drifter acquires a ruling passion that drives him to crime, adventure, glory, and eventual redemption: precisely what shiftless, drifting, adolescents want for themselves. So, this is one of the great adventure stories, but that is not all it is. This was the first major science fiction story to envision a workable future that was even more chaotic, diverse, messy, corrupt, and uncontrolled than the present. As such, it prefigured cyberpunk, and, more importantly, the present day.

Sep 26, 2010
  • sechilds rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I finally got around to reading this one after hearing about in in the book: "The 50 Greatest Science Fiction Films Never Made".

It's a great and fast read for sic-fi fans.

Jun 03, 2010
  • drukus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favourite novels. It is well written, exciting and challenging. Bester’s best.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gully Foyle is my name And Terra is my nation. Deep space is my dwelling place, The stars my destination.

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