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The Stars My Destination

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The Stars My Destination/Tiger! Tiger!First UK edition, 1956
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Also known as
Tiger! Tiger!

First publication

Literature form

Science fiction

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 72,500 words

Notable lines

This was a Golden Age, a time of high adventure, rich living, and hard dying...but nobody thought so. This was a future of fortune and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice...but nobody admitted it. This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of freaks...but nobody loved it.

— First lines

He was one hundred and seventy days dying and not yet dead.


"Who are you?"

"Gully Foyle is my name."

"Where are you from?"

"Terra is my nation."

"Where are you now?"

"Deep space is my dwelling place."

"Where are you bound?"

"Death's my destination."


"Why reach out to the stars and galaxies? What for?"
"Because you're alive, sir. You might as well ask: Why is life? Don't ask about it. Live it."


Millions for defense, but not one cent for survival.


"Don't you realize that you can't trust people? They don't know enough for their own good."
"Then let them learn or die. We're all in this together. Let's live or die together."


Then she settled down alongside Joseph...alongside the world...prepared to await the awakening.

— Last line


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