History Literature / TheStarsMyDestination

19th Sep '17 2:11:17 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ThemeNaming: Presteign, Dagenham and Sheffield are all named after English towns.

to:

* ThemeNaming: Presteign, Dagenham and Sheffield are all named after English towns.towns in Great Britain. Bester got the names out of a phone book.
** Presteigne is a village in Powys in {{UsefulNotes/Wales}}.
** Dagenham is a town in the {{UsefulNotes/London}} Borough of Barking [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment and Dagenham]].
** Sheffield is a large city in [[OopNorth Yorkshire]].
17th Sep '17 10:59:53 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Russia is still the USSR. In at least one part of the book, [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs Stalingrad]] gets mentioned.

to:

* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Russia is still the USSR. In at least one part of the book, [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs [[UsefulNotes/TheCityFormerlyKnownAs Stalingrad]] gets mentioned.
16th Sep '17 3:28:26 PM StClair
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* FacialMarkings: The [[CargoCult Scientific People]] cover their faces in tattoos, which are described as hideous. They tattoo Gully Foyle's face while he's unconscious, which he loathes and makes him an outcast once he returns to society. The swirling designs frequently compared to tiger markings. Once Gully gets them removed, they still flare up with blood when he becomes emotional, forcing him to become cold and calculating to avoid blowing his cover.

to:

* FacialMarkings: The [[CargoCult Scientific People]] cover their faces in tattoos, which are described as hideous.hideous and similar to those of the Maori. They tattoo Gully Foyle's face while he's unconscious, which he loathes and makes him an outcast once he returns to society. The swirling designs frequently compared to tiger markings. Once Gully gets them removed, they still flare up with blood when he becomes emotional, forcing him to become cold and calculating to avoid blowing his cover.



* LotusEaterMachine: As a means of interrogating Gully Foyle, they trap him in an alternate reality where he is a corporate noble suffering amnesia.

to:

* LotusEaterMachine: As a means of interrogating Gully Foyle, they trap put him in an alternate reality on a set where actors tell him he is a corporate noble suffering amnesia.



* MasterOfYourDomain: Foyle learns biofeedback and yoga from an "old fakir" to master, among other things, his body's blush response. ''Very'' important, as his enemies are aware his tattoos, and even after having them removed, the scars flush when he's stressed.

to:

* MasterOfYourDomain: Foyle learns biofeedback and yoga from an "old fakir" to master, among other things, his body's blush response. ''Very'' important, as his enemies are aware of his tattoos, and even after having them removed, the scars flush when he's stressed.
16th Sep '17 3:24:39 PM StClair
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DrivingQuestion: Why did the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? [[spoiler:They were [[TheIllegal illegally transporting refugees]]. Not only that, they were ThrownOutTheAirlock instead of risking getting caught by Immigration on the other end. So even if they'd picked Foyle up, they'd have had to kill him anyway [[HeKnowsTooMuch once he found out]].]] Who specifically ordered the crew of the Vorga to abandon Foyle to die? That's a doozy. [[spoiler:'''''Olivia Presteign.''''' And she gave Foyle the Driving Questions because she admired his determination and hoped the quest would prove them NotSoDifferent - determined to punish a CrapsackWorld for failing to care for their fates; his to be abandoned in space, hers to be a blind trophy wife.]]

to:

* DrivingQuestion: Why did the Vorga ''Vorga'' to abandon Foyle to die? [[spoiler:They were [[TheIllegal illegally transporting refugees]]. Not only that, they the "cargo" were ThrownOutTheAirlock instead of risking to keep from getting caught by Immigration on the other end. So even if they'd picked Foyle up, they'd have had to kill him anyway [[HeKnowsTooMuch once he found out]].]] Who specifically ordered the crew of the Vorga ''Vorga'' to abandon Foyle to die? That's a doozy. [[spoiler:'''''Olivia Presteign.''''' And she gave Foyle the Driving Questions because she admired his determination and hoped the quest would prove them NotSoDifferent - determined to punish a CrapsackWorld for failing to care for their fates; his to be abandoned in space, hers to be a blind trophy wife.]]
15th Sep '17 2:37:58 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* KarmaHoudini: ''[[spoiler:Foyle himself,]]'' [[spoiler:who rapes a woman towards the start of the novel and basically spends most of the novel trying to kill people. He is treated as [[DarkMessiah humanity's saviour]] and a [[UnfortunateImplications messianic figure at the end...]]]]
7th Sep '17 9:18:57 PM Kalaong
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* MarkedChange: Gully Foyle's facial tattoos turn into this after he has them removed. The internal scars fill with blood when he gets emotional, causing the tattoo shapes to reemerge, this time in red.

to:

* MarkedChange: Gully Foyle's facial tattoos turn into this after he has them removed. The internal scars Scar tissue has more capillaries than un-scarred skin, so when his heart rate rises, they fill with blood when he gets emotional, causing and cause the tattoo shapes to reemerge, this time in red.



* MasterOfYourDomain: Foyle learns biofeedback and yoga from an "old fakir" to master, among other things, his body's blush response.

to:

* MasterOfYourDomain: Foyle learns biofeedback and yoga from an "old fakir" to master, among other things, his body's blush response. ''Very'' important, as his enemies are aware his tattoos, and even after having them removed, the scars flush when he's stressed.
22nd Jul '17 3:24:16 PM john_e
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ThemeNaming: Presteign, Dagenham and Sheffield are all named after English towns.
3rd May '17 7:20:51 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CyberPunk: Although published in 1956, some three decades before Cyberpunk emerged, the book has many examples of the tropes common in cyberpunk--the antihero, the mysterious female thief, the intrigue of the [[MegaCorp multinational companies]], the scientific {{McGuffin}} and cybernetically boosted reflexes most obvious amongst them. This is not entirely a coincidence: cyberpunk pioneer WilliamGibson has called ''The Stars My Destination'' his favourite novel.

to:

* CyberPunk: Although published in 1956, some three decades before Cyberpunk emerged, the book has many examples of the tropes common in cyberpunk--the antihero, the mysterious female thief, the intrigue of the [[MegaCorp multinational companies]], the scientific {{McGuffin}} and cybernetically boosted reflexes most obvious amongst them. This is not entirely a coincidence: cyberpunk pioneer WilliamGibson Creator/WilliamGibson has called ''The Stars My Destination'' his favourite novel.
7th Apr '17 1:09:53 PM Rand86
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* {{Zeerust}}: surprisingly averted, probably because the book is actually pretty light on actual descriptions of futuristic technology; what is shown, is still pretty far off even today.
10th Feb '17 11:53:25 AM CaptainCrawdad
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* TheAlcatraz

to:

* TheAlcatrazTheAlcatraz: Foyle spends a long time in a deep underground prison which he spends mostly in solitary confinement, with no sources of stimulation.



* FacialMarkings: After an unplanned stopover at the home of the [[CargoCult Scientific People]], Gully Foyle gets extensive facial tattooing that is implied to be quite quite hideous. They're compared to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%81_moko Maori tattoos]] and a tiger's face (after the ink is removed but the marks remain, flushing red with blood when Foyle is agitated). It is worth noting that tattoos are virtually unknown in the future.
** They also form a plot point. If Gully gives into his emotions the markings could flare up and ruin his cover, so he's forced to become the cold and cunning mastermind he always had the potential to be.

to:

* FacialMarkings: After an unplanned stopover at the home of the The [[CargoCult Scientific People]], Gully Foyle gets extensive facial tattooing that is implied to be quite quite People]] cover their faces in tattoos, which are described as hideous. They're They tattoo Gully Foyle's face while he's unconscious, which he loathes and makes him an outcast once he returns to society. The swirling designs frequently compared to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%81_moko Maori tattoos]] and a tiger's face (after the ink is removed but the marks remain, flushing red tiger markings. Once Gully gets them removed, they still flare up with blood when Foyle is agitated). It is worth noting that tattoos are virtually unknown in the future.
** They also form a plot point. If Gully gives into his emotions the markings could flare up and ruin his cover, so he's forced
he becomes emotional, forcing him to become the cold and cunning mastermind he always had the potential calculating to be.avoid blowing his cover.



* MarkedChange: Gully Foyle's facial tattoos turn into this after he has it (painfully) removed, reemerging whenever he gets angry, or happy, or passionate, or emotional in any way, shape or form.
** To elaborate: He has them removed by having the ink dissolved out of his skin; while this removes the ink, it leaves something of an imprint, which fills with blood, emulating the tattoo, whenever he gets flushed.
* MasterOfDisguise: One of the secret police characters pursuing Foyle.
** It helps that they have technology in the future that allows him to artificially [[DyeingForYourArt add about 40 pounds]] to his weight.

to:

* MarkedChange: Gully Foyle's facial tattoos turn into this after he has it (painfully) removed, reemerging whenever them removed. The internal scars fill with blood when he gets angry, or happy, or passionate, or emotional in any way, shape or form.
** To elaborate: He has them removed by having
emotional, causing the ink dissolved out of his skin; while tattoo shapes to reemerge, this removes the ink, it leaves something of an imprint, which fills with blood, emulating the tattoo, whenever he gets flushed.
time in red.
* MasterOfDisguise: One of the secret police characters pursuing Foyle.
**
Foyle. It helps that they have technology in the future that allows him to artificially [[DyeingForYourArt add about 40 pounds]] to his weight.



* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted-- Once he's rich, Foyle uses his money to have implants and circuitry put into his body that give him super-strength and amazing reflexes.



* TechMarchesOn: Double Subverted. Presteign of Presteign is so rich he can afford to have his own telephone switchboard, complete with operator. Jaunting (psychic teleportation) has made communications networks obsolete, and a private telephone switchboard is an unnecessary extravagance. Social status is reflected by just how much obsolete and unnecessary technology one surrounds oneself with, especially with travel and communications.
** Modern tattoo removal techniques are far more sophisticated and effective than what's presented in the book. The book implies that tattooing is something of a lost art on Earth, which may explain why Foyle couldn't just get laser surgery.
*** A nasty side effect of the treatment Foyle gets is that his face is full of capillary-rich scars - if he gets excited, he will give himself away. So the latter half of the book has him having to conduct a RoaringRampageOfRevenge while remaining calm, as becoming angry will get him found out and killed.

to:

* TechMarchesOn: Double Subverted. Presteign of Presteign is so rich he can afford to have his own telephone switchboard, complete with operator. Jaunting (psychic teleportation) has made communications networks obsolete, and a private telephone switchboard is an unnecessary extravagance. Social status is reflected by just how much obsolete and unnecessary technology one surrounds oneself with, especially with travel and communications.
**
Modern tattoo removal techniques are far more sophisticated and effective than what's presented in the book. The book implies that tattooing is something of a lost art on Earth, which may explain why Foyle couldn't just get laser surgery.
*** A nasty side effect of the treatment Foyle gets is that his face is full of capillary-rich scars - if he gets excited, he will give himself away. So the latter half of the book has him having to conduct a RoaringRampageOfRevenge while remaining calm, as becoming angry will get him found out and killed.
surgery.



** Since both the current location and destination must be known, it is possible to imprison people in elaborate mazes. They are kept in the dark to keep them from memorizing the layout and isolated to keep them from cooperating. [[GoMadFromTheIsolation Despairing prisoners]] may chance a "[[TeleFrag Blue Jaunte]]", a blind teleport that rarely ends well.
*** Contrariwise, one can make a location safe (from jaunte attacks, at least) by enclosing it in a maze.

to:

** Since both the current location and destination must be known, it is possible to imprison people in elaborate mazes. They are kept in the dark to keep them from memorizing the layout and isolated to keep them from cooperating. [[GoMadFromTheIsolation Despairing prisoners]] may chance a "[[TeleFrag Blue Jaunte]]", a blind teleport that rarely ends well.
***
well. Contrariwise, one can make a location safe (from jaunte attacks, at least) by enclosing it in a maze.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Inverted. Apparently naming conventions in the corporate aristocracy follow those of the Scottish clans.
--> '''Office Flunky:''' Mr. Presteign.
--> '''Presteign:''' There are millions of men called "Mr. Presteign". I am the Presteign of Presteign. You will address me as Presteign.

to:

* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Inverted. Apparently naming conventions in the corporate aristocracy follow those of the Scottish clans.
--> '''Office Flunky:''' Mr. Presteign.
--> '''Presteign:''' There are millions of men called
clans. Presteign constantly reminds people to call him "Presteign" and not "Mr. Presteign". I am Presteign," because he is the Presteign head of Presteign. You will address me as Presteign.his family.



* UnfortunateNames: The aforementioned woman thief is named Jisbella, but is more often just referred to as "Jiz".



* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech: Possibly the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome most memorable passage]] in the book, delivered to humanity as a whole by a man who began the story as a mindless, uneducated drone.

to:

* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech: Possibly A version of this at the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome most memorable passage]] in the book, delivered to humanity as end. Gully was once a whole by a man who began the story as a mindless, poor, uneducated drone.sap, but now he's become enlightened and tells the unwashed masses that they too can DareToBeBadass:



** Note that it's a ''inversion'' of this trope: while in its classical form a WhoopiEpiphanySpeech is delivered by a poor uneducated character to his or her social betters, neither Gully, nor his auditory is either. Gully ''was'' a mindless drone barely eligible to be called sapient, but has since jerked himself out of this stupor, and he tells the very people he was some time ago that they ''too'' could DareToBeBadass -- a sort of inspirational WorldOfCardboardSpeech.



* YellowPeril: In the future, all intelligence work will be handled by the Chinese, 'cause they're so good at it, don't you know.
** Subverted in that they're not actually "yellow." The book states that jaunting has blurred racial lines to the point that a person's name is generally the only reliable indicator of their nationality.

to:

* YellowPeril: In the future, all intelligence work will be handled by the Chinese, 'cause they're so good at it, don't you know.
** Subverted in that they're not actually "yellow." The book states that
know. However, jaunting has blurred racial lines created a virtually post-race society. The main Chinese intelligence agent is said to the point that a person's name is generally the only reliable indicator have almost no physical indication of their nationality.his Chinese ancestry.
This list shows the last 10 events of 71. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.TheStarsMyDestination