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Stars My Destination (S.F. Masterworks) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Alfred Bester
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11. März 1999 S.F. Masterworks (Buch 5)
Such is the official verdict on Gully Foyle, unskilled space crewman. But Gully has managed to survive for 170 days in the airless purgatory of deep space after the wreck of his ship, and has escaped to Earth carrying a murderous grudge and a secret that could change the course of history. The novel which in large part inspired both the cyberpunk movement of the 1980s and the science fiction New Wave of the 1960s, THE STARS MY DESTINATION has an unrivalled claim to be the most influential sf book of all time.

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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gollancz (11. März 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1857988140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857988147
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,6 x 13 x 2,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (110 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 196.348 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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 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 Kaveney


you can see seeds of science fiction's next half century sprinkled throughout its pacy. compulsive narrative SFX -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of SF's all-time classics 2. Juli 2004
Von Ein Kunde
This is simply one of the best science fiction novels of all times. It is a great exhilirating read, action-packed and full of Alfred Bester's typical wit, already known from his fabulous short stories of the 1950s. Although this book was originally published in 1956 (as Tiger! Tiger! -- and then as The Stars My Destination in 1957), this book will never be dated. The tale of Gully Foyle marooned in a wrecked spaceship somewhere out in space coming back for an all-out revenge is strongly influenced by Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Christo. Featuring teleportation and interstellar battles. If you miss this one blame yourself!
And if you try it out and like it, go buy The Demolished Man as well. You won't be disappointed. As for Bester's short stories, they are strongly recommended and easily available in the two volumes Redemolished and Virtual Unrealities.
Bester is one of science fiction's greatest, and influenced the whole cyberpunk bunch of authors -- only he wrote more thrillingly and with more humor, and that three decades before the cyberpunk bores.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tyger, Tyger... 23. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde
this is one of the best sci-fi books I have ever bothered to pick up and read. it taps on primitive man, and allows you to watch him evolve into a sighisticated creature that can deal and grasp the concepts of modern man. some people might not like it due to the touchy subjects of rape, and his basic fire that keeps him going, destruction. But in the long run all that he is in the beggining is who we all are at the root of our heritage. that was how our society was founded, so how can it be denyed? I thought this was a great book, with not only a well thought out story line, but a good way to put in prospective the evolution of man.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent science fiction 28. Juni 2000
One of the finest sci-fi books written. even though this was written at the tail end of the 50's it is still plausible and relevand, unlike so much science fiction these days. the characters are engaging reflections of the three conflict paradigms in all writing - man vs. self, man vs. environment, and man vs. other. foyle shows how man can elevate himself from the level of beast to the level of gods, but only through immense, internal effort. Strongly reminiscent of Jack London's SeaWolf - the man, the yeast, struggling to survive to the end. they are all the same.
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The synopsys above says: "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".
That's like describing _Les_Miserables_ as "Ex-convict Jean Valjean collides with the French Revolution. Lots of death and despair."
(Not to mention that the details of that synopsys are all wrong: the Nomad was not his ship, he was just a third-class spaceman on the merchant vessel, and Vorga was not a "rescue vessel", but a sister ship of the Presteign conglomerate, but that's nit-picking :-).
This novel is a superb example of science-fiction as practiced by the great SF authors:
Take the world as you know it, modify a few basic postulates, mix in an interesting plot related to those postulates, put in fully-rounded characters, and see what develops:
Several centuries in the future, jaunting --teleportation by will alone-- has utterly changed civilization in a span of little more that a hundred years. The old post-colonial Solar economy and society is straining on the changes created by a jaunting population.
Although jaunting is confined to the surface of the Inner Planets and Outer Satellites, the virtual disappearance of the transportation and communication industries has turned the commercial war into a shooting war. In an age where physical security is served by jaunte-proof confusion mazes, walled-up houses, radar trip-fields and elite private security forces, women are sent back to purdah, and power is held ---no, *gripped*-- by the political and economic classes.
"This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of freaks... but nobody loved it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another Jaunt for a Timeworthy Classic 14. November 1996
Von Ein Kunde
What incredible news for another generation of science fiction
fans. Ever since I first read this novel, more than twenty-five
years ago, I have always included it in my own "Top 10" list.

This is rich tale of revenge and redemption set in a well-sketched,
complex future society, bouyed by enough semi-hard SF to mask [pun
intended] plot origins in Dumas, "The Stars My Destination" is a
catching page-turner for a captive afternoon's enjoyment. THIS
is one science fiction novel that would be a great movie.
Arnold, are you listening?

The central figure, Gulliver Foyle, floats through his life on the
bottom of his society's ladder, until, under duress, he exhibits a
skill that transforms him, and his society. In the process, he
loses himself, his freedom, his heart and his humanity, in an
excruciating series of incidents and challenges, ultimately finding
simple love and simple human bonds are the true steel of existence.
And society's beauties/norms/conventions may in truth be ugly.

As would be typical of almost all novels from this era, the future
society lacks obvious modern touches, but, overall, this book will
have aged well. The S-F, rockets/space travel, planetary colonies,
and the like are merely stage dressing for a psychological adventure.
But don't worry, this isn't a psychobabble baby story. We should
hate and despise Foyle, yet but the tale's end we are
cheering him on. Since, "feeling his pain," we undergo the
same transformation, and the stars are truly our destination.

Can I say enough? They don't make them like this anymore.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bester is best
My brother gave me some of his beloved sf novels. He advised me to read Bester's title first. So i did. Once I got started I finished it in two days only. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2011 von KalyanaMitrah
5.0 von 5 Sternen Bester! That says it all!
It was not an accident that one of the great in-jokes of Babylon 5 was that the evil genius of Psi-Corps was named Alfred Bester. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2000 von "drwhome"
5.0 von 5 Sternen There's not many books on teleportation.
The science-fiction in this excellent book is actually of the soft kind. 'How can it be soft?' you may ask , with Gully Foyle's agression and even cruelty so obviuos (? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2000 von "phyed-rautha"
1.0 von 5 Sternen If I could rate it lower I would have
WARNING! This book contains some of the most graphic description of senseless brutal rape I have ever read in science fiction. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 13. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
I was hoping for a great book here. Especially after the greatwords from everyone around the world. But in the end, it was ( ). Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2000 von Daniel E. Saulnier
5.0 von 5 Sternen Burning bright
Alfred Bester blew through the field of science fiction like the storm of the century, leaving little behind but making sure that everything else had to be rebuilt from scratch. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. April 2000 von Jon Hancock
This is a classic that is so underrated, it's tragic. Alfred Bester created his own genre with this book. He created the rules which dominate sci-fi, cyberpunk, etc. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. April 2000 von Rey
5.0 von 5 Sternen Return of a Classic
For some reason Bester fell into near-obscurity during the last few decades, despite his great popularity among SF fans in the 50s and 60s. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2000 von Michael J. Edelman
4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost Perfect....
Having read a great deal of Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke, I was quite taken aback by the very different style and tone of Alfred Bester. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2000 von Bart Leahy
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great SF that deserves a wider audience
"The Stars My Destination" presents a convincing future in the prologue, introduces the hateful wretch Gulliver Foyle and then roars along on a high-energy narrative. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Januar 2000 von Will Errickson
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