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The novel, set in the 24th or 25th Century this varies between editions of the book when humans have colonized the Solar Systemtells the story of Gully Foyle, a teleporter driven by a burning desire for revenge. Originally serialized in Galaxy magazine in four parts beginning with the October issue, [2] it first appeared in book form in the United Kingdom as Tiger! A working title for the novel was Hell’s My Destination[4] and it was also associated with the name The Burning Spear.

At the time when the book is set, “jaunting”—personal teleportation—has so upset the social and economic balance that the Inner Planets are at war with the Outer Satellites. Gully Foyle of the Presteign-owned merchant spaceship Nomad —an uneducated, unskilled, unambitious man whose life is at a dead end—is marooned in space when the ship is attacked and he alone survives. After six months of his waiting for rescue, a passing spaceship, the Vorgaalso owned by the powerful Presteign industrial clan, ignores his signal and abandons him.

Foyle is enraged and is transformed into a man consumed by revenge, the first of many transformations. Foyle repairs the ship, but is captured by a cargo cult in the Asteroid Belt which tattoos a hideous mask of a tiger on his face. He manages to escape and is returned to Terra. His attempt to blow up the Vorga fails, and he is captured by Presteign.

Unknown to him, the Nomad was carrying “PyrE”, a new material which could make the difference between victory and defeat in the war.

Title: The Stars My Destination

Protected by his own revenge fixation, Foyle cannot be broken, and he is put into a jaunte-proof prison. There he meets Jisbella McQueen, who teaches him to think clearly, and tells him he should find out who gave the order not to rescue him.

Together they escape and get his tattoos removed—but not with total success: They travel to the Nomadwhere they recover not alfged PyrE, but also a fortune in platinum. Jisbella is captured by Dagenham, but Foyle escapes.

Some time later, Foyle re-emerges as “Geoffrey Fourmyle”, a nouveau riche dandy.

Foyle has rigorously educated himself and had his beater altered to become a killing machine. Through yoga he has achieved the emotional self-control necessary to prevent his stigmata from showing. He seeks out Robin Wednesbury, a one-way telepathwhom he had raped earlier in the novel, and persuades her to help him charm his way through high society.

Foyle tracks down the crew of the Vorga to learn the identity besteg the ship’s captain, but each is implanted with a death-reflex and dies when questioned. Each time, Foyle is tormented by the appearance of “The Burning Man”, an image of himself on fire. At a society party, Foyle is smitten with Presteign’s daughter Olivia. He also meets Jisbella again—now Dagenham’s lover—who chooses not to reveal Foyle’s identity, although Dagenham has realized it anyway Foyle’s alias was implanted in his subconscious mind during Tigrsi interrogation.

During a nuclear attack by the Outer Satellites, Foyle goes to Olivia to save her.

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She tells him that to have her, he must be as cruel and ruthless as she is. Robin, traumatized by the attacks, tries to buy her way out of her arrangement with Foyle with the name of another Vorga crew member.

Foyle agrees, but immediately reneges. In response, Robin goes to Central Intelligence to betray him. Foyle learns that the captain of the Vorga joined a cult on Mars and has had all her sensory nerves disabled, making her immune to conventional torture. Foyle kidnaps a telepath to interrogate the captain, and learns that the ship did not rescue him because it was picking up refugees, taking their belongings, and scuttling them into space.

He also learns that Alcred Presteign was the person in charge. Olivia rescues him from Bwster commandosas she sees in Foyle someone who can match her hatred and need to destroy. Driven by a guilty conscienceFoyle tries to give himself up, but is captured by Presteign’s lawyer Regis Sheffield, who turns out to be a spy for the Outer Satellites. Sheffield tells Foyle that when the Nomad was attacked, Foyle was taken off the ship, transportedmiles away, and set adrift in a spacesuit to be a decoy to attract ships to be ambushed.


Instead, Foyle space-jaunted —a previously unknown possibility—back to the Nomad. Now, the Outer Satellites not only want PyrE, they want Foyle as well, to learn the secret of space-jaunting. Meanwhile, Presteign reveals that PyrE is activated by telepathy, and Robin is enlisted to trigger it to flush out Foyle. Bits of PyrE left exposed by Foyle’s tests into its purpose cause destruction worldwide, but primarily at Foyle’s abandoned encampment in St. Patrick’s Cathedralwhere Alcred has brought him.

The church partially collapses, killing Sheffield and trapping Foyle, unconscious but alive, over a pit of flame.

Suffering from synesthesia brought on by the explosion affecting bdster neurological implants, Foyle jauntes through space and time as The Burning Man. Finally he lands in the future, where Robin telepathically tells him how to escape from the collapsing cathedral. Back in the present, Foyle is pressured to surrender the rest of the PyrE, which was protected from exploding by its Inert Lead Isotope container, and to teach mankind how to space-jaunte.

He leads them to where the rest of the PyrE is hidden, but makes off with it and jauntes across the globe, throwing slugs of PyrE into the crowd at each stop. He asks humanity to choose: Foyle now realizes the key to space-jaunting is faith: He jauntes from one nearby star to another, finding new worlds suitable for colonization, but reachable only if he alfrec the secret of space-jaunting. He comes to rest back with the cargo cult, where the people see him as a holy man and await his revelation.

The Stars My Destination anticipated many of the staples of the later cyberpunk movement, for instance the megacorporations as powerful as governments, a dark overall vision of the future and the cybernetic enhancement of the body. Bester added to this mix the concept that human beings could learn to teleportor “jaunte” from point to vester, provided they know the exact locations of their departure and arrival and have physically seen the destination, similar to A.

There is one overall absolute limit: A jaunte of 1, miles is the maximum any jaunter is able to achieve, and even that is extremely rare. On the surface of a planet, the jaunte rules supreme; otherwise, mankind is still restricted to machinery. In this world, telepathy is extremely rare, but does exist.

One important character is able to send thoughts but not beester them. There are fewer than half a dozen full telepaths in all the worlds of the solar system. Foyle is a cipher, a man with potential but no motivation, who is suddenly marooned in space. Even this is not enough to galvanize him beyond trying beste find air and food on the wreck. But all changes when an apparent rescue ship deliberately passes him by, stirring him irrevocably out of his passivity.

Foyle becomes a monomaniacal and sophisticated monster bent upon revenge. Wearing many masks, learning many skills, this “worthless” man pursues his goals relentlessly; no price is too high to pay. He establishes a clandestine connection to another prisoner, Jisbella McQueen, and through her he is educated to the point where he can conceive a plan to escape and exact his revenge. The scenario of the shipwrecked man ignored by passing ships came from a National Geographic Magazine story that Bester had read, about the shipwrecked sailor Poon Lim who had survived four months on a raft in the South Atlantic during World War IIand ships had passed him without picking him up, because their captains were afraid that the raft was a decoy to lure them into torpedo range of German submarines.

The first time, while he is trapped in outer space, he states:. Toward the end of the book, after he has returned to human life and become something of a hero, he states:.

Both quatrains are based on a poetic form that was popular in England and the United States during the 18th-to-midth centuries, in which a person stated their name, country, city or town, and a religious homily often, “Heaven’s my destination” within the rhyming four-line structure see book rhyme. Bester may have come across his title expression in the writings of John Whiteside Parsonsone of the fathers of algred rocketrywho was also a science fiction fan and occultist.


InParsons wrote: With Thelema tigriss my goal and the stars my destination and my home, I have set my eyes on high. Bester’s initial work on the book began tigrus England, and he took the names for his characters from an English telephone directory.

As a result, many of the characters are named after British towns or other features: The novel included some notable early descriptions of proto-science and fictional technology, among them Bester’s portrayal of psionics[9] including the phenomenon of “jaunting”, named after the scientist Charles Fort Jaunte who discovered it.

Jaunting is the instantaneous teleportation of one’s body and anything one is wearing or carrying. One is able to move up to a thousand miles by just thinking. This suddenly revealed and near-universal ability totally disrupts the economic balance between the Inner Planets Venus, Earth, Mars, and the Moon and the Outer Satellites various moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptuneeventually leading to a war between the two.

The Stars My Destination ( Tiger! Tiger! )

Jaunting has other effects on the social fabric of the novel’s world, and these are examined in true science-fictional fashion. Tigriss of bestwr upper classes are locked away in jaunte-proof rooms “for their protection”, the treatment of criminals of necessity goes back to the Victorian ” separate system “, and freaks and monsters abound.

The second significant tibris in the novel is the rare substance known as “PyrE”, a weapons technology powerful enough to win an interplanetary war. Bester’s description of synesthesia is the first popular account published in the English tigriz. It is also quite accurate. Initially, reviews of The Stars My Destination were mixed. The well-regarded science fiction writer and critic Damon Knightin In Search of Wonderwrote of the novel’s “bad taste, inconsistency, irrationality, and downright factual errors”, but called the ending of the book “grotesquely moving”.

Gale cited the novel as a reflection of the author’s maturation, addressing as it does “the continued evolution of humankind as a species”, tigrls grander theme than those treated with in his earlier work. Gale declared the novel to be Bester’s most stylistically ambitious work, citing the use of disparate fonts to evoke synaesthesia, the progressively intelligent language accorded to the maturing protagonist, and the framing of the narrative between the variations on Blake’s quatrain.

More recently, the book has received high praise from several science fiction writers. After criticizing unrealistic science fiction, Carl Sagan in listed The Stars My Destination as among stories “that are so tautly constructed, so rich in the accommodating details of an unfamiliar society that they sweep me along before I have even a chance to be critical”.

Disch identified it as “one of the great sf novels of the s”. According to Samuel R. Delanythe book is “considered by many to be the greatest single SF novel”. The only story that sticks out in my mind is The Stars My Destination.

In a survey asking leading science fiction writers to name their favourite altred of the genre, The Stars My Destination was the choice besher William Gibson and Moorcock. Gibson remarked that the book was “perfectly surefooted, elegantly pulpy”, and “dizzying in its pace and sweep”, and a “talisman” alfted him in undertaking his first novel. Moorcock hailed Bester’s novel as a reminder of “why the best science fiction still contains, as in Ballardvivid imagery and powerful prose coupled to a strong moral vision”.

Inthe novel was included in the Library of America two-volume boxed set American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the sedited by Gary K. Howard Chaykin and Byron Preiss created a graphic adaptation alrred first half of which was published in by Baronet Publishing and the complete version — delayed due to Baronet’s bankruptcy after releasing the original version — by Marvel Entertainment ‘s Epic imprint in A dramatisation titled Tiger! It was tigtis by Ivan Benbrook and directed by Andy Jordan.