The Stars My Destination
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.
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Across the brow was tattooed JOSEPH . The “ O ” in JOSEPH had a tiny arrow
thrust up from the right shoulder , turning it into the symbol of Mars , used by
scientists to designate male sex . “ We are the Scientific Race , ” Joseph said .
Joseph seized Foyle ' s elbow in the manner of a physician taking a pulse . His
devil mouth counted solemnly up to ninety - eight . " Your pulse . - Ninety - eight -
point - six , ” Joseph said , producing a thermometer and shaking it reverently .
It was Joseph on stilts . He wore a surgical cap , a surgical mask , and a surgeon '
s gown that hung from his shoulders to the floor . The gown was heavily
embroidered with red and black thread illustrating anatomical sections of the
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This book was published in 1956 – a time when traveling to the moon would still be science fiction for quite a few years. Many of its ideas were astonishing then and its plot of blind revenge ... Read full review