The Stars My Destination

by Alfred Bester

3.92 avg rating
Book 21 of 241 in the Best Science Fiction Books
381 votes 9 comments
#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 them"-Joe Haldeman "Bester at the peak of his powers is, quite simply, unbeatable" -James 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.

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Anonymous | 2014-01-01 10:38:40
emphasis? Do you mean empathize?
Anonymous | 2014-01-20 04:44:02
It's Gully Foyle, not Gay. And Bester wrote several other novels besides 'The Demolished Man.'
Anonymous | 2014-05-31 07:57:56
This book is a boring piece of shit.
Anonymous | 2015-06-19 09:04:20
i don't know why so many people like this book. Sorry, it is way too full of "hip" stuff that makes me feel like i am reading a book from the 1950's. To me it has that same "tough" attitude that heinlein has in his my opinion best "moon is a harsh mistress", but whereas Heinlein writes in a way that is cool, Bester writes in a way that might be 50's cool, but it is lost on me. I would say the generation gap is to blame, but Kerouac and Hemingway and even Henry Miller all seemed fresh to me when i read them, whereas this is just cheesy. Sorry. This storyline was interesting, but the writing rubbed me the wrong way.
anth | 2016-05-02 07:03:34
I found this... ok... the notion of teleportation while it is carefully articulated as to its parameters it was still somehow poor. mainly in the "how" part, its sorta, kinda, just a thing we always had but never discovered... yer ok... but this seems like lazy writing to me. then the story, it carried on some what, Gully, well Gully is a dick to be blunt. I like a dark gritty story, Gully isnt really morally ambiguous or anything interesting like that, hes just a dick and all over what i cannot shake as a pretty petty reason. they left him to die, not once does he think to ask why. yes, there is a sinister reason but not even for a second is it entertained that perhaps something logical may have caused the confusion of them leaving him behind. the circus, oh the circus isnt that a long winded pile of ridiculous. it leaves the feel of a bad acid trip apposed to sci fi. Gully is a single minded simpleton i found impossible to connect with and i guess that make this story only ok for me no matter how i tried to like it more.
Anonymous | 2017-02-28 06:38:41
Bester concludes The Stars My Destination in such a childish way that I felt cheated for having invested my time in it. The only reason I give it two stars instead of one is because it's the first space opera I've ever read; here's hoping there's better ones out there for me.
Fredrik | 2018-01-23 08:40:18
Do not waste your time on this one. It was probably a good book in the fifties AND probably a one of a kind during that time but today it is very mediocre. If you are a teenager this could be something for you but if you want a well written book with a logical storyline don’t invest your time in this one.
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