William Olaf Stapledon

Star Maker

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.”
335 printed pages
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    b8878215882shared an impression6 years ago
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    🚀Unputdownable

    Returned back to Earth from a mind blowing, captivating journey. I'd say highly recommended for those figuring out a balance between fundamental-philosophical and reasonable-earthborn.

    Hrafnninnarshared an impression6 years ago
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    Jidhas quoted3 years ago
    as a long-married couple we fitted rather neatly, like two close trees whose trunks have grown upwards together as a single shaft, mutually distorting, but mutually supporting. Coldly I now assessed her as merely a useful, but often infuriating adjunct to my personal life.
    Jidhas quoted3 years ago
    a long-married couple we fitted rather neatly, like two close trees whose trunks have grown upwards together as a single shaft, mutually distorting, but mutually supporting.
    Jidhas quoted3 years ago
    Intellect, peering beyond the star, discovered no Star Maker, but only darkness; no Love, no Power even, but only Nothing. And yet the heart praised.

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