The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

Published: 1956

Genre: science fiction

Length: 258 pages

Setting: Earth and near space, far future

Interest: It’s a classic science fiction book high on many people’s best of lists. I was looking for something light to read in the middle of another book was wading through.

Summary: The main character is Gully Foyle. He’s stranded on a mostly wrecked spaceship out in space. When a ship comes by and leaves him, he swears revenge, completely remaking himself in order to get to the people in charge of the ship that left him. At the same time, others are searching for him. The inner planets’ government is searching for him to find the last remaining stash of PyrE, a deadly weapon, and the outer planets’ government wants him since he’s the first man who’s ever space-jaunted (i.e. teleported in space).

Final thoughts: A very compelling book. Gully Foyle was willing to do anything it took and use anyone he knew to reach his goal of vengeance and it was fascinating to watch.

Title comes from: Gully figures out how to purposely space-jaunt in the end, allowing mankind to instantly transport themselves anywhere in the universe. It’s also a poem Gully recites in the story.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a book read in a previous year

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