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The Stars My Destination By Alfred Bester,

  • Title: The Stars My Destination
  • Author: Alfred Bester
  • ISBN: 9780451013897
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long out of print, and hugely influential on both the SF New Wave of the 60s and the cyberpunks of the 80s, Bester s second novel is a fast moving pyrotechnic extravaganza with enough bloodshed for Tarantino and enough social analysis for Marx The solar system is torn by warfare the discovery of a human capacity to move short distances by the power of mind has blown openLong out of print, and hugely influential on both the SF New Wave of the 60s and the cyberpunks of the 80s, Bester s second novel is a fast moving pyrotechnic extravaganza with enough bloodshed for Tarantino and enough social analysis for Marx The solar system is torn by warfare the discovery of a human capacity to move short distances by the power of mind has blown open the balance of economic power A marooned spaceman, Gully Foyle, seeks revenge on the ship and crew that left him to rot, and pursues them among hereditary industrialists, sensory deprived monks, circus freaks and the convicts of the deepest Hell on Earth Marked by hideous facial tattoos, and haunted by his own flaming double, there is nothing that Foyle will not do and he is pursued by a selection of Furies as highly coloured as himself Bester s profligate imagination gives us Dagenham, the radioactive courier, Jizbella, the consummate feminist thief, Robin, the one way telepath, Ang Yeovil, secret master of intelligence and Olivia, the albino who sees infra red Streetwise and high gloss, this is one of the finest of SF classics, full of evocative scenery and much imitated stylistic gimmicks that for once work perfectly Roz KaveneyCover Artist Richard PowersFirst appeared in book form under Tiger Tiger
    The Stars My Destination Long out of print and hugely influential on both the SF New Wave of the s and the cyberpunks of the s Bester s second novel is a fast moving pyrotechnic extravaganza with enough bloodshed for Ta

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    1. This is my favorite classic science fiction novel It is rich in incident, ambitious in conception, terse and unemotional in style, and fiercely Romantic in theme Although it is a revenge tale based on The Count of Monte Cristo, its heart is perhaps closer to Frankenstein, but to a Frankenstein in which the monster is capable of self redemption, of moving beyond isolation and bitterness toward an enlightened humanity And all the things that are good about this novel are embodied in its hero Calib [...]

    2. Gully Foyle is my nameTerra is my nationDeep space is my dwelling placeThe stars my destinationSci fi from its formative days is funny Not funny ha ha not always anyway , but funny weird at least for me I am often unable to get over the clunky writing and wispy plots despite the many cool ideas on display Sometimes even a premise as cool as a galaxy spanning empire held together by the prods and pokes of a few cognoscenti using an arcane sociological science still can t make a plodding plot with [...]

    3. I think that this book pretty much just blew my mind I mean, am I crazy, or is this one of the most profound things ever written You pigs, you You goof like pigs, is all You got the most in you and you use the least You hear me, you Got a million in you and spend pennies Got a genius in you and think crazies Got a heart in you and feel empties All a you Every you Alright, you probably have to read the book to appreciate that, and you should Can I entice you further by saying that an android deli [...]

    4. Gully Foyle, that s my name, me Alfred Bester has created in Gulliver Foyle one of Science Fiction s great characters The protagonist of Bester s 1956 novel The Stars My Destination is a brutish, driven by internal energies force of nature and provides the most memorable element of this archetypal SF story.That and jaunting.Bester describes a future society where personal teleportation jaunting has transformed human society in virtually every way, from economic to sociological to legal This anth [...]

    5. WOW BOB WOW GULLY FOYLE IS FAST AND FURIOUS A MADMAN OUT FOR VENGEANCE, LEFT FOR DEAD NOT ONCE BUT TWICE HE IS HUMAN JUGGERNAUT, HE IS FORCE MAJEURE, HE IS BOTH ROCK AND HARD PLACE HE HURTLES THROUGH SPACE TIME MISADVENTURE, HE WEARS MANY FACES, A LOVER AND A RAPIST, THE MOST VIOLENT MAN IN THE ROOM, THE ANGRIEST BOY EVER, A HUMAN TIMEBOMB HIS FACIAL TATTOOS A TIGER, A TIGER BURNING BRIGHT THE ONLY GIRL FOR HIM ANOTHER SOCIOPATH THE ONLY DESTINATION FOR HIM THE STARS LITERALLY THIS HOLY NEANDERT [...]

    6. Re Read 6 5 17 Reading this is like being on fire, snarling like a Tyger, and being the dumb brute and the intellectual mastermind at the same time Reading it a second time is like chumming up with a psychopath and learning that he s really the good guy because everyone else is just as crazy as him.And then, what else can we expect when practically everyone can Jaunte teleport practically anywhere they want Society is radically changed in the next five hundred years, and it s not just the tech I [...]

    7. Grab no guesses you Read it, is all.This book has been quite the ride Gully Foyle is your guide in a future where teleportation jaunting is the main mode of transportation and where interplanetary tensions seem to mount up to an unavoidable Solar System War Gully Foyle is a guide you might not like very much, but boy, will he take you places You ll feast your eyes on locations such as Nightmare Theatre, Freak Factory, sub terranean prisons, a Sedative Garden and an asteroid consisting of salvage [...]

    8. An excellent analysis of the Trump candidacy and events leading up to his election as 45 Uses both his perspective and that of the anonymous supporter to chilling effect Guest appearance by Ivanka near the end Forgive me my little joke when I picked up the classic by Bester, I had no idea what I was in for, except a classic sci fi in space, with a rather appealing title.The main character is Gully Foyle, a spacer with no real motivation in life Content to be lazy, without purpose beyond existenc [...]

    9. Holy shit, The Stars My Destination is a revelation How d this novel get past me for so long I picture Alfred Bester as a mad scientist, surrounded by paper and typewriters, a cigarette dangling from his mouth, knocking this fucker out in the mid 50s Bester writes likes he has to get all of his ideas out of his head RIGHT NOW, like they re going to explode if they stay in his brain too long People who buy special diseases so they can go into the hospital and hang out with cute nurses Neurologica [...]

    10. I have been trying to write a proper review since the past one week and I have to give up There are certain books which impressed me, which resist all my attempts to condense them into a few short paragraphs However, if I don t write something now, this book will join my forever unreviewed books list, so I am putting up a somewhat inchoate review.This book contains one of the most unpleasant protagonists I have ever encountered Gully Foyle is totally without ambition, content only to survive Tha [...]

    11. I first read this book decades ago under the title of Tiger Tiger British edition I just reread it recently for the purposes of writing this review Fortunately I have memory like a sieve so I enjoy this reread just as much as the first time.The Stars My Destination is one of the few sf books that is included in almost every all time best sf books I have ever seen, and I have seen many If I see such a list without this book I will probably dismiss it.The story is centered upon Gully Gulliver Foyl [...]

    12. This was a golden age, a time of high adventure, rich living and hard dying but nobody thought so This was a future of fortune and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice but nobody admitted it This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of freaks but nobody loved it Alfred Bester began his career with stories published inThrilling Wonder Stories ,Startling Stories ,Astounding Science Fiction names that have come to define that brief period known as the Golden Age of SF, when the poss [...]

    13. Oh I forgot to list this one Wow oversight city A city not found on any maps God knows whether this is really a five star novel, but it was when I read it as a young teenybopper, and it bopped all over my teeny brain and imploded it into a zillion sparkly pieces which took many months to gradually meld back into a usable item again I think that s why I did so poorly in my physics exam It was called Tiger Tiger then, partly because Gully Foyle, the antiest of heroes, has a facial tiger tattoo lik [...]

    14. I have two thoughts on The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester One is that it really reads modern for a book written in 1956 The other is that it has some really antiquated ideas about the future.First for the positive For the first 200 of the 250 or so pages of the story, I couldn t stand the protagonist, Gulliver Foyle However, he grows as a human being to the point that I ended up spending the last 50 pages cheering him on Bester did an excellent job of taking Foyle from being almost an ani [...]

    15. I love the thrill of discovering an older work of SF that still rocks The Stars My Destination is one such book, a thrill ride from beginning to end that despite being published in 1955 still hits hard and holds its own in 2017 Several times while reading The Stars My Destination a very clear thought occurred to me this shouldn t be working The narrative is flush with odd plot developments, amusing 1950s sci fi anachronisms Newspapers being printed in the far future when they re struggling for r [...]

    16. Gully Foyle is not a likeable man But he is a compelling one And in The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester wrote one of his best I do like The Demolished Man a little bit Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    17. Sonunda bir tokat atan kitaplara kar hislerimi kesinle tirmem ok zor oluyor Ortalar nda b rakmay bile d nd m bu kitab sabah bitirdi imden beri defalarca hakk nda d n rken buldum kendimi Kitaba olan hislerim kitab n kendisi gibi karma k Okurken lesiye sinir oldu unuz bir kitaba kar , bitirince en sevdi iniz kitaplar aras na dahi sokabilece inizi hisseti iniz oldu mu daha nce Resmen boyun e diriyor tiraf etmem gerekirse Kaplan Kaplan biraz ba tan savd m bir kitap oldu Ama bunun en b y k sebebi yaz [...]

    18. Fast and furious and blackly comedic similiar to early Vonnegut or Jack Vance mixed with the bitter surrealism of Finney s Circus of Doctor Lao , this book predicted and influenced trends like the British New Wave,cyberpunk, and new space opera, but retains an oddball flavor of its own Satirizing 50 s anxieties like the red scare and the threat of nuclear annihilation and unhindered corporate greed and warmongering and featuring a psychopathic protagonist loose in world that makes him look like [...]

    19. The Stars My Destination Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, Intent on Revenge Posted at Fantasy Literature Much has been written about Alfred Bester s classic 1956 SF novel The Stars My Destination Tiger Tiger in the UK edition According to , it is considered one of the best SF books of all time by many authors such as Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Samuel R Delany, Robert Silverberg, and William Gibson Predating cyberpunk by almost three decades if you count from Neuromancer in 1984 , it features a full [...]

    20. A pioneering work of science fiction that captures the dreams and fears of its time while maintaining an entertaining and madcap story.Gully Foyle is marooned in space in the wreckage of a spaceship After six months of barely surviving another spaceship approaches, clearly sees him and then leaves him to die Gully is a low class uninspired person, but this event catalyzes his monumental will to live and focuses it into a psychopathic lust for revenge where mere survival takes a distant secondary [...]

    21. 4 stars is a bit of stretch for a space opera with plot holes I could pilot a ship through, but I allowed for when it was written, the ideas contained, the narration As a straight SF novel today, it s barely OK the characters are unlikable, the science magical, the romance is ridiculous yet it manages to leverage these weaknesses into a story that is really intriguing even inspiring, if you can put your sense of disbelief on hold Gully Foyle, the MC, certainly isn t a hero He s a beast that slow [...]

    22. when i was much younger, in my teens and early to mid twenties, i read a lot of sf was fun, it was exciting and full of adventure then when i got into my later twenties, i pretty much lost interest i d read a lot of the classic stuff, a lot of the authors i liked were either retired or dead, and fantasy was taking over from science fiction with books about dragons and wizards and their ilk, and that really didn t turn me on then, for close to 30 years, i read very little sf at all and i priimari [...]

    23. Gully Foyle is my nameAnd Terra is my nation.Deep space is my dwelling place,The stars my destination.A man is a member of society first, and an individual second You must go along with society, whether it chooses destruction or not.Here s the break down Characterization What a book of incredibly unlikable people All the female characters are happy to be victims and while they are pretty badass in some regards are totally obsessed with love Ummmut up All the male characters are power hungry assh [...]

    24. You pigs, you You rut like pigs, is all You got the most in you, and you use the least You hear me, you Got a million in you and spend pennies Got a genius in you and think crazies Got a heart in you and feel empties All a you Every youYou d think that something written in the 1950s wouldn t have too much resonance now, in 2016, wouldn t you And yet, The Stars My Destination still speaks to me Now we have so many advantages Things like the internet, for example, which is so useful and fun And ye [...]

    25. 25 y zy l n ba lar nda, tats z bir laboratuvar kazas sonucu b y k bir ke ifte bulunulur Bu ke if, ad n kazan n ma duru ve mucizenin sahibi Charles Fort Jaunt un Jaunt undan alan teleportasyonla ula m yetene idir Ki i zihnini, en fazla 1 km uzaktaki yeri hayal etmeye verebilirse oraya nlayabilmektedir nsan evriminin mucizesi olan bu yetenek, konsantrasyonu sa lamada herhangi bir engeli bulunmayan herkes e kullan lmaya ba lan r Jauntlama s n rlar anlams z hale getirince sosyal, ekonomik ve politik [...]

    26. 5.0 stars A superb, SF novel that deserves the title of Classic A pure adrenaline rush from start to finish with an excellent main character.

    27. Eski bilimkurgu kitaplar n de erlendirirken, i lenen temalar ve kullan lan bilimsel zamazingolar d nemin artlar na g re de erlendirmek gerek Ge mi te ok devrimsel g r len baz metinler g n m zde kli e kalabiliyor, bu da okur a s ndan e er kitab zaman na g re de erlendirmezse hayal k r kl yaratabiliyor ANCAK bu kitap zamans z bir kitap Hangi y lda okursan z okuyun al t n z eylerden farkl oldu unu g receksiniz indeki bilimsel unsurlardan ok anlatmaya al t temalar, karakterleri, ya anan olaylar vs n [...]

    28. A novel perched on the edge of genius.The dialogue is poor The characterisation is poor, and the character development is poor The ending is poor The beginning, which could be fantastic, is undermined by inserting an unnecessary chapter length prologue of infodump before Chapter One The ending is weird, and is a combination of dei ex machinae with sustain cod philosophy lectures My emotional engagement was weak throughout The balance of the pacing is poor And the main plot isn t derivative , bec [...]

    29. You pigs, you You rut like pigs, is all You got the most in you, and you use the least You hear me, you Got a million in you and spend pennies Got a genius in you and think crazies Got a heart in you and feel empties All a you Every you I challenge you, me Die or live and be great Blow yourselves to Christ gone or come and find me, Gully Foyle, and I make you men I make you great I give you the stars Behold, the birth of cyberpunk Powerful corporate clans Check Cybernetic enhancements Check Stro [...]

    30. Trigger warning.This book has some heavyweights in its corner If I recall correctly, Sam Delany recommended it in The Jewel Hinged Jaw Gaiman wrote the intro which I ll read after I write this review I guess I see some of what they saw here There is a prefiguration of some of the schemae that would later become standard in the works of Gibson and Gaiman and Stephenson et al things like the atmosphere of carnival, the antihero, the juxtaposition of high and low in a bubbling melting pot, the iron [...]

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