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Stars My Destination (S.F. Masterworks) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. März 1999

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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

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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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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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... seiner Zeit um 30 Jahre voraus. Text muss natürlich im historischen Kontext gelesen werden (Wortwahl, technologischer Background), aber die Handlung, der Hauptcharakter ... sensationell. Dark, fast, furious ...
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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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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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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. that so many people think are new. Everyone should read this. You think the Matrix was trippy-that's nothing compared to this. This is an action packed sci-fi tale that is still unparalleled!
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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 (?)- Well , looking at the story sci-fictionally , it's a story of a 24th century human civilization that discovered mental-teleportation , told through it's protagonist's quest of unrelenting revange. It deal's mainely in the humans and the society , especially through Gully's mental-state. the way he achived huge feats with his twisted motivation.
The book is an excellent action-adventure , Gully is violent , dark-mooded , unstopble and cruel. He fights against a whole society from the inside and in a way , wins.
What is so great about it is the way Bester created this world where it's obvious you can teleport (given you know where you are and where you're going) , you must file official reports about your distance-jumping grade (according to mental level) in order to get even a simple job!
Gully Foyle himself is one of , I guess , the most memmorable protagonists in all the field of science fiction ever. So dark , focused , unrelenting , cruel , fast and not-forgivin (hu-hu).
Any way , I could just keep on and on - buy it.
Recommended.
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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. It was harsh, dirty, and his characters were more than a little mean. He provides a sharp contrast to Bradbury and Asimov, that much is certain. While he's close in action style to Heinlein, Bester's protagonist, Gulliver Foyle, seems absolutely unpredictable and terrifying--something I cannot really say about a Heinlein hero, anti-hero, or villain.
We start by finding our man Foyle near-death in a starship that has been cast adrift in space. As this not-too-bright crewman struggles to survive, a ship approaches that could help him. However, it doesn't. Instead, it flies away. The rest of the book consists of Foyle's angry, obsessed quest to get revenge upon that ship and the people who own it. We encounter telepathy and "jaunting" (instantaneous travel through the power of the mind--a mixture of telepathy with a Star Trek transporter). We find robber barons, three-ring circuses, violence. Bester does not apologize for the violence in his story (unlike some fiction today), he is writing a straight adventure story, with all the pitfalls and danger and violence that come with it. This is "guys' sci-fi" writ large. If the ending had been resolved a little more realistically, it would have been perfect. That said, buy it anyway.
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