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Alfred Bester's The stars my destination : a critical companion / D. Harlan Wilson.
Wilson, D. Harlan
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 
xi, 124 pages ; 22 cm.
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Palgrave science fiction and fantasy
In this comprehensive study of The Stars My Destination, D. Harlan Wilson makes a case for the continued significance of Alfred Besters SF masterwork, exploring its distinctive style, influences, intertextuality, affect, and innovation as well as its extensive metafictional properties. In Stars, Bester established himself as a son of the pulp-SF and high-modernist writers that preceded him and a forefather to the New Wave and cyberpunk movements that followed his lead. Wilsons study depicts Bester as an SF insider as much as an outlier, writing in the spirit of the genre but breaking with the fixation on hard science in favor of psychological interiority, literary experimentation, and adult themes. The book combines close-readings of the novel with broader concerns about contemporary media, technoculture, and the current state of SF itself. In Wilsons view, SF is a moribund artform, and Stars foresaw the inevitable science fictionalization of our benighted world. With scholarly lucidity and precision, Wilson shows us that Stars pointed the way to what we have (un)become.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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