->''Gully Foyle is my name\\
And Terra is my nation\\
Deep space is my dwelling place\\
And death's my destination''

''The Stars My Destination'', aka ''Tiger! Tiger!'' [[note]]there is some debate as to which is the original title[[/note]] is a science fiction novel by Creator/AlfredBester.

It is the twenty fifth century. An age when humanity can [[TeleportersAndTransporters jaunte]] across the world, where telepaths are, if not common, then not unheard of. An age where humanity has spread across the solar system-- a golden age that no one knows they are living in. An age when conflict between the Inner Planets and the Outer Satellites is about to end the age of the Global Wars by means of the outbreak of the first Solar War.

None of this matters to Gully Foyle--the quintessential everyman, if you are convinced HumansAreMorons. No education, no skills, no ambition, just a Mechanic's Mate Third Class on the freighter ''Nomad'', which lies crippled in the void between the planets. All he has left is a powerful will to survive, and he has, somehow, for six months when the spaceship ''Vorga'' encounters the wreck of the ''Nomad'', sees the distress signals-- and passes by, leaving him to rot.

Now Gully Foyle has a pressing reason to do more than simply survive, as he had done on ''Nomad'' and all his life before hand. Now, he's headed back to Terra, and he will have his revenge, no matter who stands in his way...

The book's gritty AntiHero and experimental typography made it a much-imitated prototype for the NewWaveScienceFiction movement that sprung up a few years later.
'''This book contains examples of:'''

* TheAlcatraz
* AntiHero: Oh, is Foyle ever one.
* AntiVillain: Dagenham
* AristocratsAreEvil: The Presteigns, one of the new breed of corporate nobility, are quite fond of saying that they love blood and money.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: One possible interpretation of the whole "Burning Man'' episode.
* AsYouWish
* AwesomeButImpractical: Invoked, as this is how the super rich demonstrate their status. While anyone can jaunte, status is shown by taking mundane transportation, on the logic that you're rich enough to spend money on things you don't need and important enough to make people wait for you. One huge gala has a cavalcade of bigwigs arriving in increasingly old fashioned ways, starting with helicopters and cars, and ending with Gully's grand entrance in a steam-powered train - while his employees lay down the tracks in front of him.
* BlessedWithSuck: Robin is a "Telesend", meaning she can't read people's minds, but can broadcast her thoughts, which often has embarrassing results. The only positive side is that she is capable of controlling the ability enough that she can select who hears the thoughts, allowing a degree of telepathic communication which she finds useful in her job as a teacher.
* 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.
* ByronicHero: Foyle
* CargoCult: The Scientific People, who are a CargoCult [[AC:[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] ]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Foyle inflicts this on the people connected to the ''Vorga'', and it's especially grisly when he realizes that they are implanted with an InvoluntarySuicideMechanism... [[spoiler:which Foyle gets around by cutting a man's heart out and keeping him on full life support (and in agony) while he interrogates him]].
* CorporateSamurai: Dagenham is basically a proto-example of this CyberPunk type.
* 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.
* {{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.
* DarkMessiah: Foyle is one of these at the end. [[spoiler: He spreads the MacGuffin all over the world, which is MadeOfExplodium and can be really easily set off. He gives people the chance not to mess up, but if HumansAreBastards, the world will go kaboom.]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Jaunting has caused the upper class to once again view women as property which must be protected.
* {{Determinator}}: Nothing will stop Gully Foyle from having his revenge. ''Nothing.''
* DieOrFly: How the first jaunter discovered his ability. Also how Gully Foyle escapes the wreck of the ''Nomad''.
* 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.]]
* EvilAlbino: Olivia Presteign.
* 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.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Gully goes from the most insignificant cog in the machine to one of the few who truly lives outside its control.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Russia is still the USSR. In at least one part of the book, [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs Stalingrad]] gets mentioned.
* HaveAGayOldTime: The character Jisbella, or as she's more commonly called, "Jiz."
* HighConcept: Dozens, coming fast and furious at the reader. ''The future where everyone can teleport! The lost colony that worships science! The underground labyrinth prison! The radical sensory-deprivation cult!'' This is one reason the book has long been considered unfilmable.
* HulkSpeak: Foyle, and in fact most lower class, speak in a dialect that's a lot like this.
* HumansArePsychicInTheFuture: in the setting, "jaunting" is a learned skill and random people simply developed telepathy out of nowhere.
* IllegalReligion: Religious observance has been outlawed, leading somewhat unsurprisingly to underground religions. People who take part in such things are normally viewed as something akin to sexual deviants:
-->''"Filthy pictures, signore? Cellar Christians, kneeling, praying, singing psalms, kissing cross? Very naughty. Very smutty, signore. Entertain your friends ... Excite the ladies."''
* [[IllKillYou I'll Kill You!]]: "You pass me by. You leave me rot like a dog. You leave me die, ''Vorga'' ... ''Vorga-T:1339''. No. I get out of here, me. I follow you, ''Vorga''. I find you, ''Vorga''. I pay you back, me. I rot you. I kill you, ''Vorga''. I kill you filthy."
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Mr. Presto. Not inexplicably, though, as the narration mentions they're all given extensive cosmetic surgery to look identical.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The novel's alternate title, ''Tiger! Tiger!'', from the William Blake poem.
* LotusEaterMachine: As a means of interrogating Gully Foyle, they trap him in an alternate reality where he is a corporate noble suffering amnesia.
* MeaningfulName: Many of the characters are named after British towns and cities.
* ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex: After Jisbella reveals to Foyle that she's in a relationship with Dagenham, he tries to ask how that could be possible, given that Dagenham is a WalkingWasteland. Soon afterward, the reader sees how things work. Dagenham and Jisbella can have sex during his "safe" periods, and after that, they go to separate beds that are separated by a 3-inch layer of lead-impregnated glass allowing them to see each other but preventing Jisbella from being exposed to Dagenham's radioactivity.
* 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.
* MasterOfYourDomain: Foyle learns biofeedback and yoga from an "old fakir" to master, among other things, his body's blush response.
* {{McGuffin}}: [=PyrE=] is one of the reasons that everyone with a bit of interest in what happens to the Inner Planets is chasing Gully Foyle across every corner of their territory.
* MeaningfulName: 'Gully' is short for [[Literature/GulliversTravels Gulliver]]...and both characters follow similar development arcs right down to becoming reclusive misanthropes at the end of their respective stories.
* MegaCorp: Corporations have evolved into a sort of neo-nobility, and hold just as much influence as the royalty of old.
* MerchantPrince: Businessmen like Presteign of Presteign have so much power that they essentially ''are'' the government, and their family names are treated as titles.
* 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.
* PaintingTheMedium: Foyle's [[spoiler: spacetime]] jaunte, while he's suffering from synesthesia, is done with text illustrated in strange styles.
* {{Phlebotinum}}: [=PyrE=]-- [[spoiler:a ''psychically'' activated explosive that's even more powerful, gram for gram, than plutonium]].
* PsmithPsyndrome: The capitalized E in [=PyrE=] is important.. but still silent.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Foyle pretends to be an UpperClassTwit in his Fourmyle identity, roving around with his "Four-Mile Circus".
* RousingSpeech: Foyle's final tirade to the mob -- though he has no idea if they will ever get the point.
* SecretPolice: Central Intelligence is quite obviously this. They even have a secret language that is called...the Secret Speech.
* SenseFreak: 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)
* SkipTheAnesthetic: After Gully and Jisbella escape from prison, they go to a BackAlleyDoctor to have his EmbarrassingTattoo bleached from his face so that he's less recognizable by the authorities. Since the two have just had a nasty argument, she puts up money for the procedure but not the anesthetic. Eventually though, she can't stand his pain and gives in and pays the extra money.
* SpaceIsAnOcean: Foyle is an astronaut but is described as a sailor-- this is probably at least in part because of the RecycledInSpace aspect.
* SuperSpeed: Foyle eventually has his body upgraded with various functions, including being able to think and move five times faster than normal humans. Notably, it doesn't give him SuperToughness, so he has to avoid accidentally bumping into anything while super speed is engaged--''especially'' other people who also possess this ability. (His one brief skirmish with some Martian commandos resembles a sped-up game of touch football, in which an actual collision would be messily fatal to both parties.)
* 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 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.
* 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.
* ThisLoserIsYou: As noted above, the book's idea of an "average man" is a pathetic piece of work. (You can hardly call Gully "average" after the ''Vorga'' incident.)
* TimeStandsStill
* TookALevelInBadass: Goes from a living object to relentless killing machine to [[spoiler: effectively transcendent]] through the course of the novel, [[BerserkButton all because some passersby decided not to rescue him.]]
* UnfortunateNames: The aforementioned woman thief is named Jisbella, but is more often just referred to as "Jiz".
* VirtualRealityInterrogation: There is an attempt to get information from the protagonist by simulating for him [[LotusEaterMachine a reality where he is rich and happy]], and his adventures are AllJustADream. He spots AGlitchInTheMatrix (his own reflection) right before talking. (His false identity in the simulation eventually becomes the basis for the one he assumes to carry out his revenge.)
* WalkingWasteland: Dagenham. Mildly subverted in that he can avoid causing damage if he limits his interactions with the world outside his radiation-proof chamber. Because of Creator/AlanMoore's love for this book, he became the basis of Dr. Manhattan.
* 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.
-->''"You got the most in you, and you use the least. You hear me, you? Got a million in you and spend pennies. Got a genius in you and think crazies. Got a heart in you and feel empties. All a you. Every you... Take a war to make you spend. Take a jam to make you think. Take a challenge to make you great. Rest of the time you sit around lazy, you."''
** 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.
* UnconventionalFormatting
* 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.