This is one of those tales that you can't miss; it is truly Campbellian (Joseph) in it's form and presents one of science fiction's most notorious characters. The plot is convoluted, seemingly disjointed at times, but culminates in an ending that satisfactorily ties everything together. It also presents seemingly anti-scientific themes within a very science fictional tale
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When it comes to pop culture, Alfred Bester (1913-1987) is something of an unsung hero. He wrote radio scripts, screenplays, and comic books (in which capacity he created the original Green Lantern Oath). But Bester is best known for his science-fiction novels, and The Stars My Destination may be his finest creation. First published in 1956 (as Tiger! Tiger!), the novel revolves around a hero named Gulliver Foyle, who teleports himself out of a tight spot and creates a great deal of consternation in the process. With its sly potshotting at corporate skullduggery, The Stars My Destination seems utterly contemporary, and has maintained its status as an underground classic for forty years. (Bester fans should also note that Vintage has reprinted The Demolished Man, which won the very first Hugo Award in 1953.)