History Literature / TheStarsMyDestination

22nd Jul '17 3:24:16 PM john_e
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* ThemeNaming: Presteign, Dagenham and Sheffield are all named after English towns.
3rd May '17 7:20:51 PM PaulA
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* 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.

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* 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
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* {{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
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* TheAlcatraz

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.
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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.

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* 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.
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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.
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** 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.

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** 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.
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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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.
3rd Jan '17 11:36:02 AM appealus
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* TookALevelInKindness: Near the very end of the book, [[spoiler: Gully essentially gains enlightenment after the "Burning Man" episode and when he returns he is a completely changed man whose rage has been extinguished. He gives a sermon to a crowd about how everyone is better than they think they are, before realizing he isn't getting trough to them. Last we see of him, he is in contemplation, trying to figure out how to convey his revelations to the masses.]]

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* TookALevelInKindness: Near the very end of the book, [[spoiler: Gully essentially gains enlightenment after the "Burning Man" episode and when he returns he is a completely changed man whose rage has been extinguished. He gives a sermon to a crowd about how everyone is better than they think they are, before realizing he isn't getting trough through to them. Last we see of him, he is in contemplation, trying to figure out how to convey his revelations to the masses.]]
12th Dec '16 7:49:52 AM SentientShrimp
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* TookALevelInKindness: Near the very end of the book, [[spoiler: Gully essentially gains enlightenment after the "Burning Man" episode and when he returns he is a completely changed man whose rage has been extinguished. He gives a sermon to a crowd about how everyone is better than they think they are, before realizing he isn't getting trough to them. Last we see of him, he is in contemplation, trying to figure out how to convey his revelations to the masses.]]
6th Dec '16 11:18:57 AM jjnonken
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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted-- Once he's rich, Foyle uses his money to have all these implants and circuitry put into his body that give him super-strength and amazing reflexes.

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



*** 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 later half of the book has him having to conduct a RoaringRampageOfRevenge while getting mad will get him found out and killed.
* TeleportersAndTransporters
* TeleportInterdiction: Anti-teleport security measures include turning headquarters and homes into elaborate manipulable mazes. You literally can't teleport unless you know where you are and where the destination is. Attempting to teleport if you don't will just fail to work or lead to disappearance / death.

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*** 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 later latter half of the book has him having to conduct a RoaringRampageOfRevenge while getting mad remaining calm, as becoming angry will get him found out and killed.
* TeleportersAndTransporters
TeleportersAndTransporters: Pretty much everybody. Those who cannot jaunte usually become part of the dregs of society.
** Special classes are held for those who have lost their ability due to trauma but still have the potential.
** People are rated by the distance they can jaunte, creating an informal caste system.
** Jaunting is a personal thing; you can teleport with as much as you can carry, but no more. "Sorry, not even the ladies will arrive naked."
** A person's ability can be temporarily negated by concussion or drugs.
** 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.
** In extreme cases, a criminal's ability may be surgically removed. This has the effect of removing them from society, as one who cannot jaunte is essentially casteless.
* TeleportInterdiction: Anti-teleport security measures include turning headquarters and homes into elaborate manipulable mazes. You literally can't teleport unless you know where you are and where the destination is. Attempting to teleport if you don't will just fail to work or lead to disappearance / or death.



* TimeStandsStill

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* TimeStandsStillTimeStandsStill: While using the Commando boosts, normal events appear to happen in slow motion.
22nd Nov '16 10:57:25 AM Omeganian
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* DeadlyEnvironmentPrison: Everyone can teleport unless lobotomized or drugged, so criminals are usually kept in a location they don't know. You are welcome to TeleFrag yourself whenever you want.
7th Sep '16 3:25:33 PM SentientShrimp
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* AristocratsAreEvil: The Presteigns are quite fond of saying that they love blood and money.

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* AristocratsAreEvil: The Presteigns Presteigns, one of the new breed of corporate nobility, are quite fond of saying that they love blood and money.



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Oh, boy howdy.

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** 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.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Oh, boy howdy.Gully goes from the most insignificant cog in the machine to one of the few who truly lives outside its control.



* HulkSpeak: Foyle (and it's implied lower class people in general) speak in a dialect that's a lot like this.

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* HulkSpeak: Foyle (and it's implied Foyle, and in fact most lower class people in general) class, speak in a dialect that's a lot like this.



* LotusEaterMachine: As a means of interrogating Gully Foyle.

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



* MegaCorp: One is involved quite directly in the plot.

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* MegaCorp: One is involved quite directly in Corporations have evolved into a sort of neo-nobility, and hold just as much influence as the plot.royalty of old.



* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Foyle pretends to be an UpperClassTwit in his Fourmyle identity

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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Foyle pretends to be an UpperClassTwit in his Fourmyle identityidentity, roving around with his "Four-Mile Circus".



* SenseFreak: Inverted-- and ''how!''-- with the Skoptsy.

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* SenseFreak: Inverted-- and ''how!''-- Inverted with the Skoptsy. Played straight with the Synth-Disease sufferers, who get infected with non lethal but debilitating illnesses for the experience of both being sick (almost all serious diseases have been cured by this point) and being doted on by beautiful nurses (male and female)
18th Jul '16 1:33:27 PM RazorSmile
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* BulletTime: Foyle's cybernetic enhancements let him beat up some "Jack-Jaunters" at such speed that, from his perspective, they were falling in slow motion as he struck them down and light seemed to redshift.


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* {{Cyborg}}: Foyle spends a whole lot of money to get augmented into "... ''an extraordinary fighting machine''" with transistors and transformers buried in muscle and bone.
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