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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"Be seated, Captain Yeovil," he said courteously. "This is Mr. Regis Sheffield,
representing me in this matter. That young man is Mr. Sheffield's assistant." "
Bunny's my portable law library," Sheffield grunted. Presteign touched a control.
The still life in the star chamber came alive. The organist played, the librarian
sorted books, the secretary typed, the bartender shook drinks. It was spectacular;
and the impact, carefully calculated by industrial psychometrists, established
control for ...
"We are reaffirming a three-thousand-year blood feud," Y'ang-Yeovil explained to
Presteign, who looked sufficiently unsettled by the conversation and the laughter
which he did not understand. He tried a direct thrust. "When will you be finished
with Foyle?" he asked. "What Foyle?" Sheffield cut in. "What Foyle have you got?"
"There are thirteen of that name associated with the clan Presteign." "An
interesting number. Did you know I was a Master of Superstition? Some day I
must show ...
"It's a long shot," Y'ang-Yeovil had said, "But Gully Foyle, AS- 128/ 127:006, did
make that lunatic attempt to blow up Vorga. And twenty pounds of PyrE is worth a
long shot." Now he waddled up the stairs toward the man in the Renaissance
costume and mask. He had put on forty pounds weight with glandular shots. He
had darkened his complexion with diet manipulation. His features, never of an
Oriental cast but cut more along the hawklike lines of the ancient American Indian
, easily ...
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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.
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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