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Darkness and the Light

Darkness and the Light

by Olaf Stapledon
     
 

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Darkness and the Light (1942) is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon.
In this work written in 1941, at the most frightening point of World War II, Stapledon projects two separate futures for humanity, depending not on the outcome of that particular conflict but on the failure or success of a future "Tibetan Renaissance" to influence the temper and ideology of

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Darkness and the Light (1942) is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon.
In this work written in 1941, at the most frightening point of World War II, Stapledon projects two separate futures for humanity, depending not on the outcome of that particular conflict but on the failure or success of a future "Tibetan Renaissance" to influence the temper and ideology of the militaristic Russian and Chinese empires that threaten it. One of the futures involves worldwide Chinese imperialism and subsquent degeneration and extinction of the human race, unable to defend itself against speedily evolving rats. The other ends in overthrowing the empires and creation of a worldwide socialist utopia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780913960592
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Olaf Stapledon, English novelist and philosopher whose "histories of the future" are a major influence on contemporary science fiction. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy and psychology from the University of Liverpool. In 1929 he published A Modern Theory of Ethics and seemed destined for an academic career, but after the success of his novel Last and First Men (1930), he turned to fiction. Stapledon also wrote for technical and scholarly reviews on ethics and philosophy. His other works include The Last Men in London (1932), Odd John (1935), Philosophy and Living (1938), Star Maker (1937), and Sirius (1944).

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