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By (author) Olaf Stapledon
Volume editor Patrick McCarthy
Foreword by Freeman J. Dyson
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Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon
Book DescriptionWidely regarded as one of the true classics of science fiction, Star Maker is a poetic and deeply philosophical work. The story details the mental journey of an unnamed narrator, who is transported not only to other worlds but also other galaxies and parallel universes, until he eventually becomes part of the "cosmic mind." First published in 1937, Olaf Stapledon's descriptions of alien life are a political commentary on human life in the turbulent inter-war years. The book challenges preconceived notions of intelligence and awareness, and ultimately argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from culturally ingrained thought and our inevitable anthropomorphism. This is the first scholarly edition of a book that influenced such writers as C.S. Lewis and Arthur C. Clarke and which Jorge Luis Borges called "a prodigious novel."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780819566935
(216mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 24-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Olaf Stapledon
Odd John, Paperback (March 2012)
The book that gave the world the term Homo superior.
Sirius, Paperback (April 2011)
'The most human of all Stapledon's novels' Brian Aldiss
Last and First Men, Paperback (April 2009)
One of the great classics of the first half of the 20th century - 2 billion years of mankind's history
Star Maker, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Olaf Stapledon
This 1937 successor to Last and First Men offers another entrancing speculative history of the future, exploring intelligent star clusters and mingling among aliens for a memorable vision of infinity.
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Author Biography - Olaf Stapledon
Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) served as Lecturer in Psychology and Philosophy at Liverpool University. Patrick McCarthy is Professor of English at the University of Miami, author of Olaf Stapledon (1982) and editor of The Legacy of Olaf Stapledon (1989). Freeman J. Dyson is Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ. He conceived the Dyson Sphere, has designed nuclear reactors and writes on the relationship of science to literature and theology.
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