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The novel, set in the 24th or 25th century this varies between editions of the book when humans have colonized the Solar System , tells the story of Gully Foyle, a teleporter driven by a burning desire for revenge. Originally serialized in Galaxy magazine in four parts beginning with the October issue, [2] it first appeared in book form in the United Kingdom as Tiger! A working title for the novel was Hell's My Destination , [4] and it was also associated with the name The Burning Spear. At the time when the book is set, "jaunting"—personal teleportation—has so upset the social and economic balance that the Inner Planets are at war with the Outer Satellites. Gully Foyle of the Presteign-owned merchant spaceship Nomad —an uneducated, unskilled, unambitious man whose life is at a dead end—is marooned in space when the ship is attacked and he alone survives. After six months of his waiting for rescue, a passing spaceship, the Vorga , also owned by the powerful Presteign industrial clan, ignores his signal and abandons him. Foyle is enraged and is transformed into a man consumed by revenge, the first of many transformations.

Some of the stuff he did here like a conflict between factions fighting for the resources of our solar system are still used today in sci-fi like The Expanse series, and the idea of powerful corporations being as much a force as government has been used countless times as well.

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The ending also seems like a leap forward to a kind of sci-fi that something like would do a decade later. View all 12 comments. Apr 10, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. It's the human mind and all their baser instincts let loose. Still a fantastic tale.

Original review: I can see now why this is considered one of the greats of sci-fi. It ought to be required reading for anyone setting out to know the history of the field and what sparked the imagination of so many other writers.

The very ending was somewhat weak, but the climax was great. The emotions were the strongest part of the whole tale. Gut wrenching and visceral doesn't begin to describe it. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Oh, my lord, I can't believe how excited I am about this. It gets my heart pumping precisely eight times more than when I learned that Rama was in development. I'm not a little girl.

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View all 18 comments. May 07, Lyn rated it liked it. 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.

Imaginative and surreal, this falls into the Philip K. Dick sub-genre of weird SF. View all 9 comments. Apr 18, Catie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 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…. Can I entice you further by saying that an I think that this book pretty much just blew my mind.

Can I entice you further by saying that an android delivers the meaning of life in a radiation fueled moment of lucidity, before collapsing, about five pages before that speech? How about the fact that this book contains an evil millionaire, an albino with abnormal perception, a gorgeous telepath, a radioactive courier, a slick super spy, a cold-hearted, red-headed jailbird, and a bionic psychopath bent on revenge?

Okay, I am pulling out my very last card. Wait for it… The Count of Monte Cristo… in space. Except in this version, he finds enlightenment and awakens humanity in the end. I could see the comparison between these two masterpieces right away, but at first everything seemed to be happening much too fast.

How could he cram the years and years of slowly simmering vengeance of Edmund Dantes into a paltry two hundred pages? But then I started thinking. This is the future: In short, this is a world where patience is no longer required for revenge. Like Dantes, Gully is a simple man awakened to all of his great potential by a fiery need for vengeance.

But Gully is ten times more impulsive and rash than Dantes ever was; he kills indiscriminately and without conscience. And when he begins to awaken, he wakes up completely.

This book contains one of the most colorful, interesting casts of characters that I have ever come across. I can definitely see that Alfred Bester had a history in comics; many of these characters seem like comic book heroes in the making.

But it comes across as a bit glaring to someone raised in the Sesame Street, avoid mentioning race at all costs generation. Some of the technological advances that he envisioned are quite a hoot as well. For example, he imagined that teleportation would end the need for communications systems: They put on quite a show — with crazy mind-bending imagery and clothes or lack thereof.

This song is all about transcending our basic, human selves. View all 14 comments. Mar 24, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Grab no guesses you! You'll feast your eyes on locations such as Nightmare Theatre, Freak Factory, sub-terranean prisons, a Sedative Garden and an asteroid consisting of salvaged wreckage, inhabited by savage scientists.

On top of that you'll be taking short trips to the Moon, Mars and beyond. You'll meet colourful and some extravagantly colourless characters on the way, death-head Dagenham being one of my personal favorites. Better be quick though because Foyle isn't waiting up. He moves fast and in straight lines, through walls, through people, through morals, through conventions, through dimensional limits, through action-packed chapters that will make your head spin.

Why might you not like Gully Foyle, you ask? He's a cockroach. An angry one at that, with a simple mind set on revenge. Anything that stands in his way, anyone who tries to trample him, is in for a surprise. He survives against all odds. And you know what stuff that doesn't kill you really does? Your guide will evolve, his instinct for survival will always be that split second quicker than whatever wants to end him. And as your guide grows stronger you might, despite a very shaky start, grow to like him.

Don't be surprised if you would see an ugly, tattooed face next to the encyclopedia entry of "character development". It's Gully Foyle, the developing character extraordinaire.

He might start off as a man too easy for trouble, too slow for fun, too empty for friendship, too lazy for love , a shell of a man throwing the angry question into the void: Help, you goddamn gods! Help, is all. The cockroach will meet himself.

A confrontation that, if handled succesfully, will take him to the stars. View all 13 comments. Jun 07, carol. An excellent analysis of the Trump candidacy and events leading up to his election as Uses both his perspective and that of the anonymous supporter to chilling effect.

Guest appearance by Ivanka near the end. The main character is Gully Foyle, a spacer with no real motivation in life. Content to An excellent analysis of the Trump candidacy and events leading up to his election as Content to be lazy, without purpose beyond existence, he's a bit of a drifter, until a spaceship he is traveling on is destroyed.

Gully discovers a will to live and manages to keep himself barely alive, leaving the tiny reinforced space he exists in to scavenge supplies five minutes at a time in his barely functional spacesuit.

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At last, he sees a ship passing close by. He sends up a signal flare. The ship slows, almost stops, and then turns away. From here, the story takes off, as Gully discovers the heat of revenge as the one thing that can give him purpose.

One might think that discovering a passion could connect Gully to humanity, and possibly even the reader, a previously amorphous blob of a human who was content to vegetate his way through life.

But no, most certainly, absolutely no, because Gully is a psychopath. In his quest for revenge, he meets a woman, Robin, who teaches the previously head-blind the skill of jaunting or limited teleportation. She has the unfortunate distinction of being a one-way telepath, so those around her can hear her thoughts when she isn't concentrating. Throughout the rather short book, Gully goes through transformations, each a step on his goal, each transformation followed by a fall back into the depths.

He is caught, he spends time in prison, he meets another woman and--dare we recognize it? But as is everything with Gully, his love is the negative side of the emotion, and though it can offer salvation, it is obvious what his choice will be. It is an inverse of the levels of hell; each reinvention has Gully reinventing himself to become more surfacely human, moving up the ladder of society into something that appears more socially acceptable but that remains rotten at the core.

Depending on the reader's point of view, he may become more accessible, but really he is the same single-minded psychopath, single-minded in pursuit of his goal and unable to recognize or empathize with others. At one point he thinks he 'falls in love' but as with everything, he's fallen in love with an idea, an instant of emotion and not anything real.

It's a brilliant book. Bester does an unbelievable job at getting at Gully's emotion; I found myself taking a break at each transformation, needing to get a way from the miasma of hate for some untainted air. While Gully transforms, we're offered commentary on each section of 'society' he encounters, from the parody of scientists on an asteroid to the 'high' society of the richest men in the universe and their cloistered women.

It's one of those amazing little stories that you understand as you read is offering up a scathing social indictment and yet wraps you up in its fast-paced plotting.

I can't remember the last book I read with a main character so filled with hate and rage, that ignores every opportunity for redemptive actions. The ending was a little slap-dash and has me wondering if dropping acid at least once during a book was a basic requirement of some of the sci-fi boundary pushers thinking of Zelazny and Philip K.

Dick here. Well, no matter, but I think it would have been more powerful had Bester relied on words instead of word-pictures. The circular nature of the ending is asthetically pleasing, although someone pushing the rules of the book. No matter, it was powerful nonetheless.

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We can all only hope that Trump will experience something similar. View all 29 comments. Apr 06, RandomAnthony rated it it was amazing. 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 mids.

People who buy special diseases so they can go into the hospital and hang out with cute nurses? Neurological modification so, when a person tries to tell a particular truth, the brain short circuit and dies? He throws out concepts by the paragraph that less brave writers would save as other novels' cores.

The storyline shifts and flows while the main character engages in despicable behavior in the search for the person who ordered a ship to leave him stranded on a fuel-less ship sipping through space. Through the text a thread of dread, hope, faith, and impulse pushes toward a stay-up-late-to-finish ending.

I need to read this sucker again and savor the structure. William Gibson apparently called The Stars My Destination "perfectly surefooted, elegantly pulpy," and "dizzying in its pace and sweep. And Bester wrote the book in the mid-fifties!

I bow in your direction, sir. You kicked the shit out of this novel. On to your other works. View all 6 comments. 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 surv I have been trying to write a proper review since the past one week - and I have to give up. Gully Foyle is totally without ambition, content only to survive. That survival is threatened, however, when he is trapped inside a spaceship damaged in the war between the Inner Planets IP - Earth, Mars, Moon etc.

His delight is turned to chagrin, and then an insane desire for revenge as the ship Vorga leaves without picking him up. What remains is the story of that revenge and how it changes Gully and the world. Bester has created a rich and complex future in the twenty-fifth century: Show, don't tell!

But he gets away with it by ensnaring us in the intricate tapestry, and immediately diving into the middle of the story. Gully Foyle is a number one blackguard. He is uncouth, sexist, totally amoral and illiterate into the bargain. He uses people ruthlessly - in the beginning, he blackmails and rapes a Jaunte instructor, whom he later kidnaps to help him in his nefarious schemes.

Similarly, he jettisons into space another young woman who has helped him escape from an underground asylum, so that he can save his skin.

Yet we keep on following him due to two reasons - the story is so powerful, and there is absolutely no attempt from the author's side to justify his character. Towards the end the novel takes a huge conceptual leap, as perspective shifts over time and space. The narrative becomes almost visual here, and it is this part of the novel which pushed it up from three to four stars for me. A real classic from the golden age. View all 11 comments. Aug 29, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I first read this book decades ago under the title of 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 Gulli I first read this book decades ago under the title of Tiger! The story is centered upon Gully Gulliver Foyle a vengeful anti-hero protagonist who thinks nothing of whacking all and sundry with a sledgehammer.

It is set in a universe where practically everybody can teleport, the part where teleportation "jaunting" is discovered by accident and developed into a normal mode of transportation is brief yet brilliant, and the social and cultural ramifications are very well thought out. Foyle is not exactly likable but you have to feel sorry for the ordeals he goes through in this book.

Abandoned, marooned, kidnapped, tortured, and imprisoned, no wonder he is so bitter and vengeful all the time; at no point does anybody offer him a nice cup of tea or a manicure. Foyle stoically goes through all this ill treatment with a snarl and a promise of payback. Bester's witty and intelligent prose contrast nicely with the gutter language spoken by Foyle in the first half of the book.

The author has cited The Count of Monte Cristo as an influence for this book but the similarity is not noticeable until Foyle reinvented himself with an extreme makeover in the second half of the book, the breakneck pace of the book also slows down for the elaborate revenge plan at this point. As this is one of the most beloved sf books ever recommendation is not usually necessary for regular sf readers, readers new to the genre will find this an ideal starting point.

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The last couple of chapters are wonderfully trippy, surreal, philosophical and cosmic! I suspect these last chapters play a large part in pushing the book to its classic status.

I love this book, me! Jan 27, Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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! That was him when he was a lot younger. Or maybe his sister, it's hard to tell. If you read it closely there's also a reference to Tip-Ex, which wouldn't be invented until , and mouse pads, which didn't come in until years later.

What a guy. So this is another in the series of I-loved-this-to-death-then-but-I-don't-know-what-the-hell-I'd-think-about-it-now useless reviews.

Jun 21, Sandi rated it liked it Recommended to Sandi by: Online Book Club Selection. One is that it really reads modern for a book written in The other is that it has some really antiquated ideas about the future. First for the positive. For the first of the 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 animal to a self-educated man with no conscience to a man who cares deeply about mankind and its future. The story is tightly written and the pacing is practically perfect.

Brexit or Not: Comments 2. A critical error of The Black Panther Party. Comments 1. Info The libcom library contains nearly 20, articles. Log in for more features Click here to register now. Logged in users: Ivysyn - Communism Without Workers: Violence, what use is it? Uprising in Poland. The only story that sticks out in my mind is The Stars My Destination. In a survey asking leading science fiction writers to name their favourite work of the genre, The Stars My Destination was the choice of William Gibson and Moorcock.

Gibson remarked that the book was "perfectly surefooted, elegantly pulpy", and "dizzying in its pace and sweep", and a "talisman" for him in undertaking his first novel. Moorcock hailed Bester's novel as a reminder of "why the best science fiction still contains, as in Ballard , vivid imagery and powerful prose coupled to a strong moral vision".

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In , the novel was included in the Library of America two-volume boxed set American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the s , edited by Gary K. Howard Chaykin and Byron Preiss created a graphic adaptation the first half of which was published in by Baronet Publishing and the complete version — delayed due to Baronet's bankruptcy after releasing the original version — by Marvel Entertainment 's Epic imprint in A dramatisation titled Tiger!

It was scripted by Ivan Benbrook and directed by Andy Jordan. Various film adaptations of the book have been scripted but none has yet made it to the screen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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