Date: 2019-03-10 03:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] londonkds
I have often wondered if the ending of this inspired the TV series ending of Buffy.

Date: 2019-03-10 05:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jreynolds197
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Or have the author in your corner. Maybe?

Date: 2019-03-10 05:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dwight_benjamin_thieme
Is this where you queue up the old wheeze about the young 'uns complaining about old Shakes being derivative and cliched?

Compare and contrast with Leibniz integral notation.
Edited Date: 2019-03-10 06:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2019-03-10 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
The cover is...interesting, in its own right.

Is that very unhappy man in a very silly flight helmet meant to be black? If so, did the artist know any black people?

And that seems like an oddly unbalanced deign for a rocket propulsion system, not to mention it appears to be about to burn off one of the tailfins.

The notion that a single shipload of explosives could be vital for winning the war seems unlikely, unless the ingredients included phoenix teeth and basilisk lips and they were all out.
Edited Date: 2019-03-10 09:37 pm (UTC)

Date: 2019-03-11 07:35 pm (UTC)
philrm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] philrm
Well, the real macguffin turns out not to be PyRE, but Foyle's novyvgl gb fcnpr-wnhag.

Date: 2019-03-12 12:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nelc
Oh, that's a helmet? I thought it was an inappropriately-placed bumpy-headed alien.

I prefer the cover of my version:



Edit: Although maybe this one was my first reading, I don't recall now:

Edited Date: 2019-03-12 12:25 am (UTC)

Date: 2019-03-16 11:41 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
According to a different "book", travel through hyperspace is

"unpleasantly like being drunk."

"What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"

"You ask a glass of water."

This looks like that.

Date: 2019-03-11 12:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sethsellis
Is this the one with the inventive typography towards the end? I remember reading it and thinking, wow, the dream of Italian Futurism is alive in Bester.

Date: 2019-03-11 03:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] philrm
It is.

V

Date: 2019-03-11 03:54 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That one's The Demolished Man.

Re: V

Date: 2019-03-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] philrm
It's used early in The Demolished Man to represent the conversation at the esper party; it's used at the climax of The Stars My Destination to represent Foyle's synesthesia. Apparently there is even more typographical shenanigans in Golem^100, but I've never read that one.

Re: V

Date: 2019-03-12 12:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
I have. There is a plot which staggers along for most of the book and then drops acid, has a bizarre trip, and wakes up at the end to announce that everything is resolved.

Date: 2019-03-15 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
About how I remember it. Came out in 1980 but definitely 1970s flavor.

Date: 2019-03-11 06:13 am (UTC)
avram: (Default)
From: [personal profile] avram
That description matches more than one Bester story.

Date: 2019-03-11 02:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dragoness_e
Hey, I liked it. Enough to re-read it now and then, along with The Demolished Man. Of course, I like The Count of Monte Cristo even more, though that is just a bit on the massive side to re-read very often.

Have you reviewed The Count of Monte Cristo?
Edited Date: 2019-03-11 02:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2019-03-11 09:41 am (UTC)
coth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] coth
You just convinced me to reread this. Thank you.

Not sure how long it will be before I get round to it mind.

Date: 2019-03-11 10:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dormouse1953
Back in the mid-seventies I remember a Sunday newspaper in the UK doing a list called something like "The Best of Everything". Possibly this was an extract from a book of the same name. I do recall that the authors had said that The Stars My Destination (or possible Tiger! Tiger!) was the best SF novel ever written. I had read some Bester by then, and a friend was a big fan. And it and The Demolished Man had just been reprinted with matching covers.

This edition:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13497421-tiger-tiger

I read it and really enjoyed. Now I've got an urge to re-read.

Date: 2019-03-11 03:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beamjockey
I first encountered this novel in the pages of the ubiquitous-by-the-Seventies A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume Two, edited by Anthony Boucher.

There really was Great Science Fiction in there, each volume holding a wheelbarrow's worth of short stories, novellas, and novelettes, plus two full novels.

There were, and probably still are, plenty of copies of this swell anthology to be found in used-book stores, because the Science Fiction Book Club offered both volumes for a dime. This may have been the best deal in the history of science fiction, or anyway until Project Gutenberg came along.

Bud Webster's thoughtful review is worth a look.

The Stars My Destination hit me so hard that I recall recounting its complicated plot in detail to my fellow SF readers on the bus to school...

Date: 2019-03-11 07:41 pm (UTC)
philrm: (Default)
From: [personal profile] philrm
Exactly my experience! (Both with the anthology and Bester's novel.) Even as I type this I'm gazing fondly at my set (which must be from ~ 1970) sitting on a bookshelf just a few feet away.

The only thing that came close to matching it in my experience was Damon Knight's A Science Fiction Argosy from 1972 (for which I probably paid $1.75 to the SF Book Club), which contained two novels (The Demolished Man and Sturgeon's More Than Human) plus two dozen first-rate pieces of short fiction in its 800-ish pages.

Date: 2019-03-11 06:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oh6
At this point The Stars My Destination is mostly memorable for how it served as a reference point to articulate my impressions of Bruce Sterling's Schismatrix, in that it seemed to me a world where the Scientific People were the dominant culture.
Edited Date: 2019-03-11 06:41 pm (UTC)

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