Tiger! Tiger! (SF alternatives) Hardcover – 5 Apr 1984
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Bester was a really terrific and original writer, if somewhat low on output of as high quality as this (although the Demolished Man is also an excellent read). I rate this book as one of the very best adventure novels of all time. Try and get hold of a copy, even if you think you don't like science fiction.
With eloquent prose the story describes the magnified and distorted passions of a lassez faire and deeply divided scientific culture. The principal character is a desperately driven iconoclast suffering death and rebirth in the clockwork model universe created by Bester.
I read this book twenty five years ago and the detail has not gone away yet. If anything it becomes more vivid as human society converges on Bester's aweful visions.
This is his only work of any moment. The remainder of his collection I have read and find them to be entertaining but trivial by comparison. It is a pity that he had so little left after writing Tiger! Tiger!
There are some gaps in my understanding that I think are due to Bester's failure to fill-in the reader about the society he sets up in this book and his `science' (if that is the word) is profoundly sketchy. Nevertheless, it is an astonishing creation and even if you don't like Science Fiction, you could find yourself caught up in the unfortunate Gully's lust for revenge.
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One of my favourire all time books. Also knows as The Starts My Destination. An SF classic.
Evidently Sting has the film rights! Come on..MAKE THE MOVIE!!!
the greatest sic fi novel ever written. Well ok a really good rewrite of the Count of Monte Cristo set three centuries from now but i love it.Published on 27 July 2014 by John M. Howitt
I bought this book in July 1967.
Tiger Tiger, and then later The Magus, are the only two books I have read and finished in one sitting and then turned back to page one and... Read more