- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Gollancz (11. März 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1857988140
- ISBN-13: 978-1857988147
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,3 x 19,8 cm
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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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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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I enjoyed the ideas as much as the characters! A really must read book. Jaunte into scifi with this one 😉Vor 15 Monaten von Numino veröffentlicht
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
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...Am 16. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
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...Am 16. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
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
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
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