The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

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Perfectly surefooted, elegantly pulpy, dizzying in its pace and sweep, TSMD is still as much fun as anything I've ever read.
-Guardian

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#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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ALFRED BESTER was born in 1913. His fiction career included writing for the pulp magazines, comics, radio, and television. His extraordinary book, The Demolished Man, was the first winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel and was followed by the brilliant novels The Stars My Destination, The Computer Connection, Golem100, and The Deceivers, and numerous short stories. Bester was honored by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America with a Grandmaster Award. He died in 1987.
 
Published November 1, 1976 by Berkley Medallion Books. 235 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by The Guardian on May 14 2011

Perfectly surefooted, elegantly pulpy, dizzying in its pace and sweep, TSMD is still as much fun as anything I've ever read.

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NPR

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Reviewed by John Baxter on Apr 18 2011

Bester wrote science fiction in the mode of Rafael Sabatini...well, let's be kind and say "adapted" this story. It's none other than Dumas' biggie The Count of Monte Cristo, restaged in the far future, when most people have learned how to teleport.

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Reviewed by John Krewson on May 29 2002

...it's considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. Scientific fact and science-fiction fashion might have left these books behind, but few contemporary offerings in the genre are written with their thoughtfulness and craft.

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Reviewed by Lisa DuMond on Feb 07 2013

The Stars My Destination holds on to its coveted top ten rating with its dazzling mixture of tantalizing plot, multi-faceted cast of characters, social commentary, and chilling speculation.

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Reviewed by John Devera on Jun 07 2009

This is a novel for anyone who wants a little taste of science fiction history-molding, and incredible science fiction story-telling.

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