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Read "The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester available from Rakuten Kobo. # 5 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction. The Stars My Destination is a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester. Originally serialized in Galaxy magazine in four parts beginning with the October issue. The Stars My Destination (originally called Tiger! Tiger!, from William Blake's poem 'The Tyger') is a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester, first published in.
Foyle learns that the captain of the Vorga joined a cult on Mars and has had all her sensory nerves disabled, making her immune to conventional torture. Foyle kidnaps a telepath to interrogate the captain, and learns that the ship did not rescue him because it was picking up refugees, taking their belongings, and scuttling them into space.
He also learns that Olivia Presteign was the person in charge. Olivia rescues him from Martian commandos , as she sees in Foyle someone who can match her hatred and need to destroy.
Driven by a guilty conscience , Foyle tries to give himself up, but is captured by Presteign's lawyer Regis Sheffield, who turns out to be a spy for the Outer Satellites. Sheffield tells Foyle that when the Nomad was attacked, Foyle was taken off the ship, transported , miles away, and set adrift in a spacesuit to be a decoy to attract ships to be ambushed.
Instead, Foyle space-jaunted—teleporting a cosmic distance, very much further than had been previously believed possible—back to the Nomad. Now, the Outer Satellites not only want PyrE, they want Foyle as well, to learn the secret of space-jaunting.
Meanwhile, Presteign reveals that PyrE is activated by telepathy, and Robin is enlisted to trigger it to flush out Foyle. Bits of PyrE left exposed by Foyle's tests to determine its purpose cause destruction worldwide, but primarily at Foyle's abandoned encampment in St.
Patrick's Cathedral , where Sheffield has brought him. The church partially collapses, killing Sheffield and trapping Foyle, unconscious but alive, over a pit of flame. Suffering from synesthesia brought on by the explosion affecting his neurological implants, Foyle jauntes through space and time as The Burning Man. Finally he lands in the future, where Robin telepathically tells him how to escape from the collapsing cathedral. Back in the present, Foyle is pressured to surrender the rest of the PyrE, which was protected from exploding by its Inert Lead Isotope container, and to teach mankind how to space-jaunte.
He leads them to where the rest of the PyrE is hidden, but makes off with it and jauntes across the globe, throwing slugs of PyrE into the crowd at each stop.
He asks humanity to choose: either destroy itself or follow him into space. Foyle now realizes the key to space-jaunting is faith: not the certainty of an answer, but the conviction that somewhere an answer exists. He jauntes from one nearby star to another, finding new worlds suitable for colonization, but reachable only if he shares the secret of space-jaunting.
He comes to rest back with the cargo cult, where the people see him as a holy man and await his revelation.
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Background and influences[ edit ] The Stars My Destination anticipated many of the staples of the later cyberpunk movement, for instance the megacorporations as powerful as governments, a dark overall vision of the future and the cybernetic enhancement of the body. Bester added to this mix the concept that human beings could learn to teleport , or "jaunte" from point to point, provided they know the exact locations of their departure and arrival and have physically seen the destination, similar to A.
There is one overall absolute limit: no one can jaunte through outer space. A jaunte of 1, miles is the maximum any jaunter is able to achieve, and even that is extremely rare. On the surface of a planet, the jaunte rules supreme; otherwise, mankind is still restricted to machinery. In this world, telepathy is extremely rare, but does exist. One important character is able to send thoughts but not receive them. There are fewer than half a dozen full telepaths in all the worlds of the solar system.
Foyle is a cipher, a man with potential but no motivation, who is suddenly marooned in space. Even this is not enough to galvanize him beyond trying to find air and food on the wreck. But all changes when an apparent rescue ship deliberately passes him by, stirring him irrevocably out of his passivity.
Foyle becomes a monomaniacal and sophisticated monster bent upon revenge. Wearing many masks, learning many skills, this "worthless" man pursues his goals relentlessly; no price is too high to pay.
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He establishes a clandestine connection to another prisoner, Jisbella McQueen, and through her he is educated to the point where he can conceive a plan to escape and exact his revenge. The scenario of the shipwrecked man ignored by passing ships came from a National Geographic Magazine story that Bester had read, about the shipwrecked sailor Poon Lim who had survived four months on a raft in the South Atlantic during World War II , and ships had passed him without picking him up, because their captains were afraid that the raft was a decoy to lure them into torpedo range of German submarines.
Terminology and allusions[ edit ] The title "The Stars My Destination" appears in a quatrain quoted by Foyle twice during the book. The first time, while he is trapped in outer space, he states: Gully Foyle is my name And Terra is my nation.
Deep space is my dwelling place, And death's my destination. Toward the end of the book, after he has returned to human life and become something of a hero, he states: Gully Foyle is my name And Terra is my nation. Deep space is my dwelling place, The stars my destination Both quatrains are based on a poetic form that was popular in England and the United States during the 18th-to-midth centuries, in which a person stated their name, country, city or town, and a religious homily often, "Heaven's my destination" within the rhyming four-line structure see book rhyme.
Bester may have come across his title expression in the writings of John Whiteside Parsons , one of the fathers of modern rocketry , who was also a science fiction fan and occultist. In , Parsons wrote: "Rocketry may not be my True Will, but it's one hell of a powerful drive. With Thelema as my goal and the stars my destination and my home, I have set my eyes on high. Captured by the "Scientific People" on an asteroid, he is tattooed on his face according to their customs.
The tattoos are later removed, but the scars left under his skin become visible when his emotions get out of control. The Presteign: Head of the wealthy Presteign clan, whose interests include a chain of luxury department stores, each managed by an identical "Mr. Wealthy people like Presteign demonstrate their status by using outmoded methods of transportation and never jaunting if they can avoid it.
Presteign holds court in his Star Chamber , an elaborate old-fashioned office equipped with a bar, and staffed by robots.
It is designed to disorient visitors and give him the psychological edge. Robin Wednesbury: A Telesend, a one-way telepath who can send thoughts but not receive them.
Foyle meets her in "jaunte rehab" while pretending to be someone who has lost the ability to jaunte. She discovers his deception but he kidnaps her and rapes her to intimidate her into silence. Later, as Fourmyle, he recruits her to help him navigate the upper echelons of society.
After she discovers who he really is, he offers her the prospect of finding her family, who were refugees on the Vorga. She turned to crime in rebellion against the limitations imposed on women to "protect" them in a world where everyone can teleport. She escapes with Foyle and takes him to a criminal doctor who is able to bleach out his tattoos by applying a chemical with a tattoo needle.
The process is agony for Foyle but Jisbella makes him endure it out of disgust for him. Saul Dagenham: The head of a private "special services" agency contracted by Presteign to interrogate Gully Foyle and force him to reveal the location of the Nomad.
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Dagenham was a nuclear scientist who became radioactive in an accident. He cannot remain in a room with other people for more than a short time.
The agents of "Dagenham Couriers Inc. Another thing elevating it is the multiple characters. Just as compelling are the colorful scenes Bester captures throughout, all of which are incredibly cinematic.
Foyle is sent to infamous undergrond French prison Gouffre Martel early in the novel, a place that is pitch black; in his inevitable escape, Foyle gets hold of a pair of infra-red goggles worn by the guards, and Bester appropriately brings the setting to life. More comic-booky is that, thanks to Jiz earlier paying some quack doctor, Foyle has had his face tattoos surgically removed, but he later discovers that, when he is angry or consumed with passion — or basically anything that makes him lose control of himself — the tattoo reappears on his face, but this time it is red.
Bester, despite writing in , even factors in psychedelic stuff, from various reality-warping drugs to a finale which sees Foyle — having of course become the Burning Man due to PyrE — jaunting across the space-time continnuum, the text warping and expanding courtesy artist Jack Gaughan.
This last one might be the definitive version, as it tries to find a healthy balance between the original US and UK editions. The Galaxy and Signet versions feature minor edits, courtesy Galaxy editor H. Gold; I found a reference in some book that Bester often complained that Gold made unwarranted edits to his text. It appears that most of the material Gold added was for purposes of clarification. Gold also removed minor things — sometimes, I feel, for the better. Finally, the psychedelic printing tricks of Chapter 15, courtesy artist Jack Gaughan, do not appear; at least, so I have been able to determine, in most of the original UK editions.
The Vintage edition from is basically the British version, Tiger! Personally, I most prefer the original US version, as presented here in the Signet edition. Or you could just follow the links way up above and read the original version, as serialized in Galaxy.
Posted by.No price is too high to reach it, whether it be imprisonment or social isolation; no obstacle can stand in his way, whether it be the most powerful institutions in the world, or the human dignity of those he uses. The Mayaguez affair, - Howard Zinn. I think it's been one of the more popular ones as far as posts have been.
I'm about a third of the way in and am enjoying it. It would not be difficulty to draw a parallel between the capability jaunting provides the corporation and the capabilities now available to the business world in terms of Internet communications and the relatively cheap availability of flight connections to virtually anywhere one wanted to go.