5 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written Science fiction has only produced a few works of actual genius, and this is one of themJoe Haldeman Bester at the peak of his powers is, quite simply, unbeatableJames Lovegrove 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.When it comes to pop culture, Alfred Bester 1913 1987 is something of an unsung hero He wrote radio scripts, screenplays, and comic books in which capacity he created the original Green Lantern Oath But Bester is best known for his science fiction novels, and The Stars My Destination may be his finest creation With its sly potshotting at corporate skullduggery, The Stars My Destination seems utterly contemporary, and has maintained its status as an underground classic for fifty years Bester fans should also note that iPicturebooks has reprinted The Demolished Man, which won the very first Hugo Award in 1953 Alfred Bester was among the first important authors of contemporary science fiction His passionate novels of worldly adventure, high intellect, and tremendous verve, The Stars My Destination and the Hugo Award winning The Demolished Man, established Bester as a s.f grandmaster, a reputation that was ratified by the Science Fiction Writers of America shortly before his death Bester also was an acclaimed journalist for Holiday magazine, a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and even a writer for Superman....
|Title||:||The Stars My Destination (English Edition)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||iBooks 5 Juni 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||370 Pages|
|File Size||:||578 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Stars My Destination (English Edition) Reviews
... 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 ...
"Tiger! Tiger!" was a much better name, once you read it, you will understand why. The story is thrilling, the writing it enjoyable. This book sits on the shelf with other books I revisit often.
Best sci-fi novel I've read in ages. It's chock-full of new ideas, constant changes of pace, direction, focus, but it's still coherent. I was very pleasantly surprised!
I enjoyed the ideas as much as the characters! A really must read book. Jaunte into scifi with this one 😉
What incredible news for another generation of science fictionfans. Ever since I first read this novel, more than twenty-fiveyears 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.
Tyger! Tyger! (dumbed-down to "The Stars my Destination" for American audiences who don't know their Blake) has one of the most gripping first 30 pages I've ever read. The hero's hopeless condition--trapped in an air-tight tool locker on board a drifting, half-wrecked and thoroughly perforated spaceship--and his efforts to escape this condition are gripping. Readers will find themselves unconsciously holding their breath as he ventures out of his prison in a tankless-space suit, the air in the suit rapidly fouling. The novel is not uniformly excellent from that point on (Bester's "Demolished Man" is a more sustained achievement), but the worst parts are better than the crap churned out today, and there are many scenes as engaging as the first. One of the other reviewers derided "Tyger! Tyger!" for being based on only one idea. This is exactly right. Bester changed one important thing, and from this change flowed all the myriad details of his fictional world. This is to be contrasted with too much recent science fiction, in which the author starts by changing half-a-dozen variables--the future has cold fusion, an alien race who feed off of emotions, intelligent oceans--and isn't content until he's added miniature apes and lunar Maoists. What creativity! Bester's acheivment arises from one simple change, a change, furthermore, intimately connected to the character at the center of the fiction, a character whose "fearful symmetry" will linger long in the brain.
In the early Seventies, as a young writer churning out Superman stories for a comic book company every month, I came upon Bester by accident in a doctor's office and innocently asked my editor who he was. Turned out he was the guy who had gotten my editor his job 30 years earlier, and probably the finest writer who had ever brushed by the genre at that time.Bester is tough to imitate; and I've tried very hard. He's at once quite literate -- might have written more science fiction if the field had garnered more respectability at the time -- and of the old school of pulp writers: mind-numbingly, self-consciously exciting. Remember the old pulp writer's credo? ... If the plot bogs down, then have somebody walk in with a loaded gun. In Bester's case, somebody walks in with radioactive hair. Same effect. Bester tried a lot of stuff in his life, but writing for a living seemed to be what he kept falling back on: a message from his Fates. Too bad he didn't write more books. He could have been the one who brought to the genre the kind of respectability he craved. This book is his best, and that makes it the best work of his generation of genre writers.