Monday, July 29, 2013

The Stars My Destination

Gully Foyle, victim, madman, criminal, savior...

I've been catching up on classic SF novels from the golden age.  Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination, which was more aptly titled Tiger, Tiger when first published in 1955, was a Sunday's reading very well spent.  The story of a marooned spacer who seeks bloody vengeance after being left adrift in a derelict space vessel, starts simple and gets more intricate.  The desperate protagonist, Gully Foyle, is no hero when we meet him, descends into foul criminal violence, grows in complexity as the plot unfolds, and eventually lays claim to his humanity.  I have not read Bester before but will again.  The Stars My Destination is a real page turner, so one hopes his Hugo Award winning The Demolished Man is even better.  We'll have to see.