History Literature / TheStarsMyDestination

29th May '18 5:00:57 AM WillBGood
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* TechMarchesOn: 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.

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* TechMarchesOn: 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. (Not to mention that the book was published in 1957, three years before the first laser was even built!)
2nd Jan '18 5:30:28 AM lakingsif
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* SpaceIsolationHorror: This happens briefly to Gully Foyle at the beginning. The trauma of the experience is so pivotal to his character development and his main motivation for the rest of the book.
19th Sep '17 2:11:17 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* ThemeNaming: Presteign, Dagenham and Sheffield are all named after English towns.

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

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* 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
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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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
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* 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.]]

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* 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
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* 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
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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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
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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.
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