olaf stapledon

  1. Anthony G Williams

    Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

    Following my marathon slog through the author's turgid Last and First Men a couple of weeks ago I girded up my loins, gritted my teeth and picked up Star Maker (published in 1937) with considerable apprehension. Be warned, there are spoilers in this review. An unnamed man, living on a...
  2. Anthony G Williams

    Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon

    When the Classic SF discussion group chose Stapledon's second novel, Star Maker, as a book of the month, I decided to warm up by tackling his first one, Last and First Men. This title has been familiar to me for as long as I can remember and the book is acknowledged as one of the classics of SF...
  3. Nightspore

    Olaf Stapledon

    Has anyone read any of Olaf Stapledon's novels? I have read only Last and First men & Star Maker. The latter is one of the finest novels of speculative fiction that I have ever read. It truly deserves the status of 'classic Sci Fi'. Olaf Stapledon ~ SFE
  4. J-Sun

    Stapledon, Philosophy, and Astroengineering Megastructures

    Centauri Dreams has to be my favorite blog at this point. For today's fun, they have a sort of extended synopsis of a conference: Star Maker: The Philosophy of Olaf Stapledon. In all honesty, this particular item is too long to be a good simple synopsis, but too short for doing justice to its...
  5. P

    Olaf Stapledon - Odd John

    Anyone read it? If you have, what did you think? Did you see the notion of a race of "homo superiors" who claim moral superiority over the human race to be insulting, frighting or strangely enlightening? Seen any articles written on this work, (not reviews - I think as the SF readership we're...
  6. Quokka

    First and Last Men - Olaf Stapledon

    *Major Spoilers* I recently finished reading Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men and seeing as I couldn’t find a thread to add any comments to I thought I’d start one. Overall it was a really great read and I loved the novelty of a future history text instead of a novel that relies on...
  7. Omphalos

    Odd John, by Olaf Stapledon

    Superman stories have always been important in speculative literature. They are often tales of human potential - either the potential of mankind as it exists now to deal with contemporary problems, or the potential of our genome to evolve new attributes and abilities to deal with changing...
  8. Omphalos

    Darkness & The Light, by Olaf Stapledon

    Darkness and The Light is another one of Olaf Stapledon's excellent speculative commentaries on the future of mankind. Like his masterpiece novel Last and First Men this story is also told from the perspective of a human being situated in the far future, but in this book that far future person...
  9. P

    Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon

    Verdict: 5/5 - an extraordinary tour de force I've had 'Star Maker' on my 'to read' list for some time, having noticed that it was one of the Gollancz SF Masterworks series (in the UK) - I've read several other novels in this series, and found all of them worth the effort. The reviews...
  10. D_Davis

    Olaf Stapledon - sorry for the neglect

    Mr. Stapledon's name is one that is often conjured when people discuss the best of the genre, especially when the great-grandfathers are concerned. He seems to be an author who is name dropped and discussed more than he is actually read, or at least it appears this way to me. Although he has...
  11. K

    Stapleton, Olaf

    Maybe you guys can help. I've been looking for a collection of short stories by I believe Olaf Stapleton for a few years. Every story is about the creation of the soul and is written with pure genius. Any one who can help me find this book, I will appreciate it undyingly! -kupotek