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In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people "jaunte" a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men - and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive. The Stars My Destination is a classic of technological prophecy and timeless narrative enchantment by an acknowledged master of science fiction.
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In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people "jaunte" a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men - and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive. The Stars My Destination is a classic of technological prophecy and timeless narrative enchantment by an acknowledged master of science fiction.
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Bester's The Stars My Destination was "said by many people to be the best science fiction novel ever written," T. A. Shippey related in the Times Literary Supplement. Wendell called it "undoubtedly Bester's masterpiece, showing his `pyrotechnical' style at its best." In the opinion of Village Voice reviewer Robert Morales, "The Stars My Destination--an incredible takeoff on The Count of Monte Cristo, and James Joyce pastiche--burlesqued the adventure novel into high art. Both story and novel excel in sheer lunatic excitement."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679767800
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Probably a good book, but the nook version is broken

    iBooks seems to have failed to do any correction of errors from scanning in the digital version. On every page, many words have a space in the middle of them causing the words to break across pages. Certain characters from the book are incorrectly translated to the electronic version (an O with a cross at the bottom turns into a subscript T). I only got through 25 pages before it annoyed me enough to stop reading, at least on the nook. Maybe I'll find it electronically at some other store minus the errors, or just go with the print version.

    I think the book itself is probably good (I enjoyed the beginning), but the formatting issues made it too annoying to read, for me.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    Incredible! Coolest Sci-Fi ever written.

    I have always seen this book listed on best of lists. I thought nothing of it. I thought it would be another old style sci-fi romp in the style of Heinlein or Asimov. It's not. It reads like it was written this year. Now I see where William Gibson got his start, Neal Stephenson too. This is cyberpunk without computers. It's dark, brooding, and probably the most imaginative piece of fiction I've ever read. Remember that scene at the end of the matrix where he stands up and flexs and the hallways wobbles...remember how cool that was? This entire book is that cool.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    You can't afford to miss it.

    I read Tiger Tiger (or The Stars My Destination, if you prefer) over 7 years ago for the first time. I've been rereading it (now in newer print) since then at least once a year and every time I do so, I find something new to learn from it. The Stars My Destination is a story of a man who was risen by a hand of fate from the very bottom of a social ladder and eventually achieved what any intelligent person would strive for. Yet this is not a tale of a peasant-turned-prince. Relying on the thirst for revenge in the same way others rely on love, faith, etc., the protagonist of the novel brings the reader through a stormy life, never once making the narative seem boring or unnecessary. Although the protagonist is a criminal - a cancer, as he puts it - I always considered him the ultimate role model for myself and I believe many others would agree with my pick. I strongly recommend this book to any reader, even if you don't like science fiction.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    5-star book, 1-star ebook

    A horribly bad conversion to ebook format. Borrow this classic from the library, because you'll hate it on the nook.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    Five-star book; one-star Nook book. This stunningly good novel

    Five-star book; one-star Nook book.

    This stunningly good novel has been poorly served by its ebook editor (if there was one). Words at the beginning of the book are broken between syllables, making it sometimes difficult to follow. And Bester's careful use of symbols and format have been ruined: names with symbols in them are misspelled; sections which rely on formatting are almost unintelligible; and graphics are missing from a crucial scene near the end that depends on them.

    Read this book: it's an incredible novel. But buy it in paper.

    Shame on ibooks. Bester's classic novel deserves better than this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    Vorga I rot you I crack you I kill you filth!

    Tiger, Tiger!(Published the following year in the US as Stars My Destination) is for most, one of the best science fiction novels and for me, THE best science fiction novel ever written. In all his works, even the lesser ones, Alfred Bester's trademark is how engaging his characters are. Stars my Destination is one of the great works of the genre that does not focus on an individual event, but on characters. True, this book could not exist without an interplanetary war nor the advent of Jaunting(a telekinetic triggered quantum tunneling mode of transport is the best description I make) however this story is about Gully Foyle. A gradual transformation of him from a brutish man to well...you really must read it. This book speaks of the value of education as his character's moral substance grows from microscopic to universal due to his absorbtion of knowledge. He cannot help but become a better person for the aquiring of it even though his original goal was for pure vengence and was driven by reaction. This is one of literature's best examples of the lengths of unnoticed potential that lies within each person. I believe the most significant contribution of this novel however, is the vocalization of the idea that the will to destroy is no less dangerous than destruction itself. I write of the weapon sought after by all in the book. As this involves a key plot point I do not feel at liberty to scribble about it further. Those are only two of the many characteristics of this novel that set it apart from other science fiction. Only one part of the book could be called dated (Dagenheim's impossible physical anomaly) which in itself screams loudly of the quality of writing. To end, I consider this the best novel in it's genre and one of the best books written in the last century. That may seem a little extreme even to some who have read it. But having read the book several times, I cannnot help but find it an accurate phrase. This book should be read twice, once for the incredibly entertaining style of Bester's writing, and again for the thoughts that occur behind the action.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    People make lists of the "must read classics"

    And this certainly earns its place among them.
    Many things have and can be said about this book, but the most important ones are "Read it!"
    Bester takes a page to draw you in to his world, but once he has you there it is nearly impossible to turn away. If it has any "flaw", it is the distraction of a superior wordsmith at work when one is used to what passes for great writing too many times these days.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    Cyberpunk Forerunner

    Drifting abandoned in space for six months in the wreckage of the spaceship NOMAD, uneducated ship¿s mate Gulliver Foyle has survived in a small closet not much larger than a coffin. Another ship finally arrives in response to his distress signal, but his relief turns quickly to blinding anger when the VORGA leaves him to die. Driven by his lust for revenge, Foyle sets in motion his escape from the NOMAD¿s wreckage to pursue the crew of the VORGA. The story, no doubt familiar to most, is torn from The Count of Monte Cristo and set in a future where individuals are able to jaunte, or teleport, limited distances and the solar system is engulfed in a shooting war between the inner and outer planets. Author Alfred Bester, who many have called the ¿father of cyberpunk¿ (a noir subgenre of science fiction focusing on the lower elements of a high-tech society), has created a vivid universe and populated it with memorable characters. In the jaw-dropping climax, Bester shatters all of his own rules (right down to the typeface in the book) and reveals the hidden powers in his protagonist. TSMD is fascinating reading, not only for the story but for the ideas Bester presents and, most of all, the manner in which they are presented. Not only is this book a classic of the science-fiction genre, but it has become a personal favorite of mine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Bester is the Best!!

    This is a must read for any one. Alfred Bester is, in my opinion, the best Sci-Fi writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2001

    Incredible

    I'm not really a big Sci-Fi reader, but when a good friend recommended this book to me, I thought I'd give it a try...and I loved this book! This is just a wonderful story, full of interesting things that make you think. And the moral is clear, the main character Gully even says it in a speech at the end of the book, 'Die or live and be great.' I really loved this book, and recommend it to ANYONE looking for a good book to read. It was incredible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    A Sci-Fi Rollercoaster Ride!

    A masterpiece of hard Sci-Fi. This book introduces and then details an epic tale filled with energy. As I began to read this book I was taken away by its fast pace and extraordinary storyline. The central character is a unique but ordinary space mechanic who was wronged (in a big way). From page 1 you will be carried away from space to a future earth, to the far reaches of the galaxy and back again. If you love hard Sci-Fi than acquire this book and cherish it. If only 'Hollywood' would embrace this novel than we could all enjoy a movie not unlike 'Blade Runner' in its scope and characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

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    A tremendous work of fiction. Even reading it today doesn't see

    A tremendous work of fiction. Even reading it today doesn't seem all that dated. This is the novel that proved to me that Bester deserves to be mentioned at the pinnacle of SF writing.

    Gully Foyle is not a nice man, but he can do some amazing things. And everyone wants to know HOW he can do them. Unfortunately, Gully is a little fuzzy on the details of what happened. We get to follow along as Gully figures it out.

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