The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

 A relentlessly pulsating bass-beat of a plot set in a “golden age” for men but an age of “extremes, theft, pillage and vice” for mankind. As one individual progresses beyond his boundaries and limitations, the race to which he belongs is literally buried in war.

Bester’s main character lingers long in the imagination and once encountered will forever throw his shadow across Blake’s verse:

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright

In the forests of the night

What Immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

So be warned. Gully Foyle is his name and Terra is his nation; deep space is his home, the stars his destination.

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