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. "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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When the ceremony was completed, Presteign arose abruptly to indicate that the
public investiture was ended. The office was cleared of all but the high officials.
Presteign paced, obviously repressing his seething impatience. He never swore,
but his restraint was more terrifying than profanity. "Foyle," he said in a suffocated
voice. "A common sailor. Dirt. Dregs. Gutter scum. But that man stands between
me and — " "If you please, Presteign," Black Rod interrupted timidly. "It's eleven ...
Black Rod and others of his staff arrived a respectful moment later. So, in jauntes
of one and two hundred miles each, Presteign crossed the continent, and arrived
outside the Vancouver shipping yards at exactly nine o'clock in the morning,
Pacific time. He had left New York at 1 1 a.m. He had gained two hours of
daylight. This, too, was a commonplace in a jaunting world. The square mile of
unfenced concrete (what fence could bar a jaunter?) looked like a white table
covered with ...
His own Jaunte-Watch closed in around him, looking wary and alert. A voice
began blaring on the P.A., co-ordinating defense. "UNKNOWN IN YARD.
UNKNOWN IN YARD AT E FOR EDWARD NINE. E FOR EDWARD NINE
MOVING WEST ON FOOT." "Someone must have broken in," Black Rod shouted.
"I'm aware of that, " Presteign answered calmly. "He must be a stranger if he's not
jaunting in here." "I'm aware of that also." "UNKNOWN APPROACHING D FOR
DAVID FIVE. D FOR ...
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Get used to the language and keep reading. Lovely book that is the reason I read science fiction. Take it home and lose yourself in this new world. Read it and love it. Everything by Bester is fantastic.
Review: The Stars My DestinationUser Review - Bart - Goodreads
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