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The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Published by Vintage Books
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
In the future, travel is as easy as thinking. In a world where teleportation is universal, mechanical transportation is the preserve of the ultra-rich. Only in space do the old methods of travel hold sway, for no one can teleport beyond a planetary surface.
Gully Foyle was a loser, a drifter who bounced aimlessly from one dead-end job to another. Now he had found his final dead end, stranded on the wreckage of a murdered ship in the vastness of space. In the same aimless way he'd lived his life he now waited to die.
When an approaching ship ignored his distress signal and passed him by, everything changed. Energized by his thirst for revenge, Gully Foyle bends his every atom of ability to getting off the wreck and hunting down his enemy.
But in doing so, he propells himself straight into the conflicts of the wealthy and powerful. Unbeknownst to him, his ship had been carrying among its cargo a new and terrible weapon. In order to attain his goal, Gully Foyle must remake himself in a new image. But he holds within himself an even greater secret -- the key to the stars. He needs only to find the way to use it.
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This review posted October 18, 2000
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