The Stars My Destination

Stars My Destination MasterworksTHIS WAS A GOLDEN AGE, a time of high adventure, rich living, and hard dying . . . but nobody thought so. This was a future of fortune and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice . . . but nobody admitted it. This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of freaks . . . but nobody loved it.

All the habitable worlds of the solar system were occupied. Three planets and eight satellites and eleven million million people swarmed in one of the most exciting ages ever known, yet minds still yearned for other times, as always. The solar system seethed with activity . . . fighting, feeding, and breeding, learning the new technologies that spewed forth almost before the old had been mastered, girding itself for the first exploration of the far stars in deep space; but, «Where are the new frontiers?» the Romantics cried, unaware that the frontier of the mind had opened in a laboratory on Callisto at the turn of the twenty-fourth century. A researcher named Jaunte set fire to his bench and himself (accidentally) and let out a yell for help with particular reference to a fire extinguisher. Who so surprised as Jaunte and his colleagues when he found himself standing alongside said extinguisher, seventy feet removed from his lab bench.

– Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956)

The Stars My Destination (a.k.a. Tiger! Tiger!, 1956) was written by Alfred Bester, author of The Demolished Man (1953)

Publication History

The Stars My Destination was first published in Galaxy Science Fiction

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Tiger Tiger hardbackThe novel was first published in the UK under the title Tiger! Tiger! (1956)

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Penguin Editions

Early covers for the Penguin editions were drawn by Alan Aldridge and David Pelham.

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The tiny figure of Gully Foyle is visible to the right of the left ”eye” on the Pelham cover:

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References:
  • Bester, Alfred,  The Demolished Man (1953)
  • —— The Stars My Destination (a.k.a. Tiger! Tiger!, 1956)
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