An Olaf Stapledon Reader

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Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) - philosopher, novelist, educator, and social activist - had an imagination unlike that of any other author. Along with H. G. Wells he is remembered as one of the most original pioneers of twentieth-century science fiction. This anthology of Stapledon's work offers many of his fictional gems, including sections of his best-known novels, Last and First Men, Darkness and the Light, and Star Maker, and the complete text of a novella, The Flames: A Fantasy and the story "Old Man in New ...
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Overview

Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) - philosopher, novelist, educator, and social activist - had an imagination unlike that of any other author. Along with H. G. Wells he is remembered as one of the most original pioneers of twentieth-century science fiction. This anthology of Stapledon's work offers many of his fictional gems, including sections of his best-known novels, Last and First Men, Darkness and the Light, and Star Maker, and the complete text of a novella, The Flames: A Fantasy and the story "Old Man in New World." Many previously unpublished writings, such as Stapledon's essays, poems, memoirs, and letters round out this collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815604303
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on Texts
The Flying Men, from Last and First Men 3
Nutrition, from Last Men in London 11
The Story of John 14
Nautiloids, from Star Maker 22
The Reign of Darkness, from Darkness and the Light 28
Old Man in New World 42
Sirius at Cambridge, from Sirius 60
The Flames: A Fantasy 71
The Man Who Became a Tree 124
The Peak and the Town 131
The Splendid Race 145
Thoughts on the Modern Spirit 148
The Remaking of Man 163
Machinery and Labour 169
On Cultural Diversity 175
Mysticism, from Philosophy and Living 179
Escapism in Literature 188
Literature and the Unity of Man 197
Some Thoughts on H. G. Wells's You Can't Be Too Careful 203
Social Implications of Atomic Power 206
Mankind at the Crossroads 211
Interplanetary Man? 218
The Reflections of an Ambulance Orderly 245
Paul's Changing World, from Last Men in London 247
Fields Within Fields 250
Time and Eternity, from Death into Life 263
The Core 266
The Heavens Declare - Nothing, from The Opening of the Eyes 273
Two Letters to H. G. Wells 279
Two Letters to Naomi Mitchison 281
Letter to Virginia Woolf 283
Letter to C. E. M. Joad 284
Three Letters to Aage Marcus 286
Letter to Fay Pomerance 291
Letter to Gwyneth Alban-Davis 293
The Builder 297
Poems from Latter-Day Psalms 298
Resignation 302
Our Shame 303
Poems from Metaphysical Posters 304
Paradox 308
Recommended Reading 309
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