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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About the Author
OLAF STAPLEDON (1886-1950) served as Lecturer in Psychology and Philosophy at Liverpool University. PATRICK A. 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.
Table of Contents
1. The Earth
2. Interstellar Travel
3. The Other Earth
4. I Travel Again
5. Worlds Innumerable
6. Intimations of the Star Maker
7. More Worlds
8. Concerning the Explorers
9. The Community of Worlds
10. A Vision of the Galaxy
11. Stars and Vermin
12. A Stunted Cosmical Spirit
13. The Beginning and the End
14. The Myth or Creation
15. The Maker and His Works
16. Epilogue: Back to Earth
A Note on Magnitude
What People are Saying About This
“Star Maker is a masterpiece in the field of science fiction, a bursting to the brim compendium of ideas for later science fiction writers.”
"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." Robert Crossley, author of Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future
"Star Maker is a masterpiece in the field of science fiction, a bursting to the brim compendium of ideas for later science fiction writers."
Robert Shelton, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Michigan State University
"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."
Robert Crossley, author of Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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....
Aiee! My brain's exploding! (With enormous concepts, that is...)
Do NOT buy the Ebook version of this book "Star Maker" by Olaf Stapledon. It is so hideously formatted as to be unreadable. No cover or table of contents, and the page layout is one long stream of mess. It is obvious that someone simply imported another version of the book and saved it in EPUB format, without even the most cursory proofread. I should have known something was wrong when I could not purchase it in my Nook reader, and had to go to Barnes and Noble's website and order it as an electronic delivery. Could it have come from a third party? I tend to buy from Barnes and Noble, since I prefer their reader app on my Android tablet. However, I tend to read a lot of classic Sci-Fi, and am finding more and more that these Ebooks are so poorly formatted that they spoil the whole reading experience. Amazon books rarely have any problems, so I think that I will be patronizing them more in the future.
If you are looking for Space Opera then read no further! Stapledon undertakes the immense task of describing the entire history of life in the universe and we humans are a mere passing footnote. The entire book links to one of his main concerns... spiritual values without the deadening hand of religion
Not worth $3 unless you like Victorian writing style of the long winded type.
This was Arthur C Clark's favorite sci-fi novel. Also conatins the inspiration for such mind blowing ideas as Dyson spheres and billion year old civilizations.
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.
stor boring book over sized and to thing should be normal sized (as mass market paper back) with large prit) but soty loosy