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In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people "jaunte" a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men--and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive.

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moginley, August 2, 2014 (view all comments by moginley)
This novel is so good and important that I must correct the ship,s name.
Gully Foyle is passed by and left for dead by the SS Vorga, not the Vesta. Alfred Bester never explains from where he got the name.
The SS Nomad is the derelict ship he is trapped on. After rescuing himself he visits seven kinds of hell upon those connected with the Vorga.
This is an impossibly good early SCI-FI novel
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Kelly L, February 24, 2012 (view all comments by Kelly L)
Gully Foyle is the Count of Monte Cristo in space. An ignorant brute of a man, he vows revenge when the S.S. Vesta ignores his plea for rescue from the derelict ship on which he is the only survivor. When he returns to Terra, at war with the Outer Satellites, he undertakes a scheme to figure out who is to blame, a plan that takes him to prison, to space, and to high society. Along the way, he runs into some of the richest men of the twenty-fifth century, men who have secrets they want kept, secrets that Gully Foyle doesn’t realize he knows.

This book, serialized in 1956, and sometimes called the greatest SF novel ever written, is a pulp classic. It’s got it all: sex, violence, tattoos, poverty and riches, radioactive hit men, telepathy and teleportation, circuses and freaks, femme fatales, and a tragic hero. (And an introduction by Neil Gaiman.) Though certainly a product of its time in its portrayal of some characters, it definitely merits inclusion on any true SF fan’s shelf. Because, frankly, while Gully Foyle isn’t always a hero to emulate, he does some fantastically cool stuff.
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Bester, Alfred
New York : Vintage Books, 1996
Science Fiction - General
Science fiction
Science / General
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