Star Maker [NOOK Book]

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Widely 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 ...
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Overview

Widely 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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Publishers Weekly
The Wesleyan Early Classics of Science Fiction presents the first scholarly edition of Olaf Stapledon's 1937 masterpiece, Star Maker, edited by Patrick A. McCarthy. Physicist Freeman Dyson provides a foreword. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"A buried treasure of 20th century literature reemerges in this splendid and practical edition. McCarthy's revealing introduction and notes display the genius of Star Maker to a new century."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575128613
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/29/2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 861,887
  • File size: 450 KB

Meet the Author

Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) was born near Liverpool and educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Liverpool University. After spending eighteen months working in a shipping office in Liverpool and Port Said, he lectured extramurally for Liverpool University in English Literature and industrial history. He served in France from 1915 until 1919 with the Friends' Ambulance Unit and then lectured again for Liverpool University in psychology and philosophy. His novels include First and Last Men, Last Men in London, Star Maker and Odd John.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Preface 3
I The earth 7
II Interstellar travel 16
III The other earth 27
IV I travel again 60
V Worlds innumerable 70
VI Intimations of the star maker 94
VII More worlds 100
VIII Concerning the explorers 131
IX The community of worlds 137
X A vision of the galaxy 177
XI Stars and vermin 187
XII A stunted cosmical spirit 210
XIII The beginning and the end 213
XIV The myth of creation 232
XV The maker and his works 236
XVI Epilogue : back to earth 258
A note on magnitude 265
Time scales 267
Glossary 271
Notes 281
Bibliography 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    One of the greatest SF novels ever written

    Through an unexplained mechanism, the writer finds himself travelling through space exploring the wonders of the universe. No review can do the book justice - suffice it to say that very few books in any genre generate the degree of wonder that 'Starmaker' has. Should feature on the top ten list of any well-read SF fan.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Brilliantly written.... If you're a scifi fan please check out this book.

    Most of the time, I don't even read the prefaces to books... This one was different, however. It's 24 pages long, and Olaf Stapledon's use of the english laguage is phenominal. I was hooked on the very first page... So much, in fact, that I then read parts of the preface to several of my friends. I had never before, in my 68 years, done that before. For a book written in 1937, Stapledon was way ahead of his time, and I'm sure, an inspiration to many modern day Scifi authors. Give it a try, I'm certain any scifi fan will love it....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    Outstanding and timely, even though it was written in 1937.  A g

    Outstanding and timely, even though it was written in 1937.  A good read as well as an excellent book for those who like to think about alien minds and the nature of consciousness.  Even God makes an appearance in this book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    awfull

    stor boring book over sized and to thing should be normal sized (as mass market paper back) with large prit) but soty loosy

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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