Star Maker

Star Maker Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon published in The book describes a history of life in the universe dwarfing in scale Stapledon s previous book Last and First Men

  • Title: Star Maker
  • Author: Olaf Stapledon
  • ISBN: 9781857988079
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • Star Maker

    Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, published in 1937 The book describes a history of life in the universe, dwarfing in scale Stapledon s previous book, Last and First Men 1930 , a history of the human species over two billion years Star Maker tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship bStar Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, published in 1937 The book describes a history of life in the universe, dwarfing in scale Stapledon s previous book, Last and First Men 1930 , a history of the human species over two billion years Star Maker tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship between creation and creator A pervading theme is that of progressive unity within and between different civilizations Some of the elements and themes briefly discussed prefigure later fiction concerning genetic engineering and alien life forms Arthur C Clarke considered Star Maker to be one of the finest works of science fiction ever written.

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    1. H.M. Ada

      discover what part life and mind were actually playing among the stars I absolutely loved this Plant people, composite minds, intelligent stars and an exploration into some of life s biggest questions This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who mysteriously floats into the sky one night while contemplating its immensity It does not contain many of the traditional elements of a novel For example, there are not many characters in the traditional sense But what it does have is [...]

    2. Manny

      There s a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he s writing about himself I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don t believe it 100%, I think it s often a good way to try and understand why you like a book.Star Maker is an interesting test case In an earlier book, Last and First Men, the author described the billion year future history of the human race Now, he has expanded the scope into a history of the entire universe The human race just [...]

    3. Stuart

      Star Maker The grandest vision of the universe Posted at Fantasy Literature Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon Although some readers might think that this book was only outstanding for its time, I would say it remains an amazing tour de force today, and has clearly inspired many of the genre s most famous practitioners, including Arthur C [...]

    4. Helen (Helena/Nell)

      This is a novel is it a novel If it is a novel it has no plot and no developed characters The time scale is so huge as to be unimaginable Stapledon s imagination is also unimaginable The narrator starts as I , then turns into we , sometimes human , then a cosmic consciousness and at one point something like but not exactly a demi god Oh weird, this is so weird This might be the weirdest book I have ever read.How is it compelling with no plot How can you care what happens next when the main chara [...]

    5. Kiri

      I really wanted to like this book, especially given its glowing reviews and being hailed as early sci fi with lots of great ideas, etc etc It does contain some really cool ideas about extraterrestrial species and some somewhat less accessible relevant persuasive ideas about the organization of the universe , but it reads like a textbook There is no real character narrator, just a frame story about mental interstellar travel that allows the text to move around from planet to planet There is no re [...]

    6. Quentin Crisp

      It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along This is the first of 25 books in a list I ve drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016.The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious If a human consciousness could detach from the body in order to explore the universe, what would it discover Reading it, I began to wonder why no one else seems to have attempted such an idea, as well as wondering why I had not heard of Stapledon The truth [...]

    7. fromcouchtomoon

      All hail the master Stapledon With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can t help but see this as an allegory of pre and inter war year tensions, with alien depictions reflecting early 20th assertions of national identity, as if Stapledon is trying to pinpoint the common bit of humanity left in the ruthless world powers of the 1930s Another for the re read shelf Another for the [...]

    8. Dave

      Star Maker , by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field It was Stapledon s fourth novel and was first published in 1937 Narrated by the same voice as narrated Last and First Men the novel is a sequel of sorts, but at the same time it has a much larger scope and thus there is no noticeable overlap between the two novels As with Last and First Men , Star Maker is not a [...]

    9. Peter

      An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments Never read anything like it Great prose style, and especially remarkable for the fact it was written just as WWII was a gathering storm That is, pre Zen in the West, pre marijuana and LSD, pre Fritjof Capra, but in tune with the Cosmos tha [...]

    10. Jordi Balcells

      No es una novela ni es ciencia ficci n, por mucho que as la clasifiquen por ah Es un ensayo filos fico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo dem s Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronom a, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiolog a, de psicolog a, de f sica, etc Y claro, ya se sabe que un libro que habla de un futuro y del universo tiene que ser ciencia ficci n s o s , verdad Premisa un se or ingl s se pone a mirar las estrellas y tiene un viaje astral de eones a lo largo y an [...]

    11. Metaphorosis

      reviewstaphorosis 3.5 starsA man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force.This is possibly the dullest interesting book I ve read, or vice versa It s seldom that it takes me this long to complete a book even the dread Alexandria Quartet felt faster , and it could almost be said of this novel that I couldn t pick it up.I be [...]

    12. Nate D

      It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe and perhaps beyond In Stapleton s convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, and shortly thereafter almost any reference to specific planet or even solar system Some narrative momentum and personal attachment is sacrificed to the remarkable breadth, but this is necessary, and he gets around the [...]

    13. Derek

      Last and First Men hurt, but I m back for And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show the entire grand scope And in so doing, dares to slot the events of Last and First Men the entirety of broadly defined humanity s existence as less than a footnote, never having joined galactic society and being obliterate [...]

    14. Gendou

      The forward to this book promises than science fiction but, alas, the book delivers something rather less Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted known, and before others were even made Also, the author isn t very science literate Just enough to be dangerous.Basically, the narrator goes on a magical journey through time and space, sees lots of aliens, and meets god the star maker The whole story is narrated, and accomplis [...]

    15. Daniel Roy

      If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless I don t think there s a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the Universes in existence If Star Maker had been published in 2013, it would be a marvel of scope and imagination But for a book published in 1937, its inventiveness is mind boggling I m left with the same sense of awe I [...]

    16. Odile

      Star Maker moved me Written in the late 1930 s, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then.I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age It is a mystical and spiritual story for those of us who believe in science, and not in a personal God in the tradition of traditional faith, yet who are spiritual seekers all the same.Based on the astronomical knowledge of the time, Stapledon paints a sweepin [...]

    17. Mark

      Have had to finally admit defeat on this one perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years would take me way past any interest I would have in completing a novel i find totally porridge like in its stodginess I think it might be one to launch myself at when there is nothing else to read in reach but I have t [...]

    18. Nate

      If a weird, science named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepathy as the medium for movement and character interaction Also, there isn t much plot, in any traditional sense, which is probably why no one ever reads this book.

    19. Daniorte

      Tortura china es poco.El libro es una trampa mortal, te engatusa para terminar tortur ndote poquito a poco.Empieza de una manera grandiosa, los dos primeros cap tulos me parecen una joya al m s puro estilo Carl Sagan Luego el libro parece que se monta en la nave de Cosmos para ir visitando planeta a planeta describiendo, como si de un documental se tratase, las formas de vida que va encontrando Hasta aqu uno puede decir que el ritmo baja y sigue leyendo Entonces te ves envuelto en una especie de [...]

    20. Ollie

      This book nearly blew my head off so I can only imagine what readers felt when they first encountered it in 1937 Enthralled Ecstatic Spellbound If I were Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and I found a copy of this book underneath the fallen Statue of Liberty, I d create a religion around it It is, after all, a beautiful example of how science fiction can touch theology and make the reader believe momentarily that there is meaning to life.On a silent, starry night, the narrator of the novel [...]

    21. Sam

      I ve never written a review for a book before, but this one left such a strong impression on me that I think I should write one.First of all, it is not an easy read The whole book is essentially prose poetry There is no dialogue every page is filled with rich, detailed, poetic descriptions Not necessarily a bad thing, but it meant that it took me a while longer to finish the book.Each page is also likely to contain some deep philosophical or spiritual idea After reading a page or two I need to s [...]

    22. Jonathan

      This is true Science Fiction That is, with the emphasis heavily weighed on Fiction I find too many Sci Fi authors get caught up with the Science wand miss out on the opportunity to narrative meaningful, allegoric and absorbing tales Olaf Stapledon does not make this mistake In fact, it was not until after its publication that he discovered the Science Fiction tendencies that the novel held a genre he had hitherto never heard of Stapledon wrote this novel primarily as a way to explore philosophic [...]

    23. Ed

      I got this from a list of books on io9 that were books everyone talks about and no one reads It was apparently very influential, and I can see why.First the negative Like most old fiction 1930s here , this book has a problem with pacing For the most part it reads like a history textbook, with occasional personal interjections and foreshadowing along the lines of, Pay attention, these guys will be important later That said, it s interesting enough to overcome that issue and keep you me reading Th [...]

    24. Hollis

      As a work of the imagination, I have never read anything that surpasses this As a science fiction novel this is definitely in my top ten although it is important to remember that Stapledon was not aware that he was writing anything resembling a work in this genre and indeed had never heard of the genre at all.This is such a profound book that it seems like a terrible shame that it has only attracted a relatively small reading audience it deserves much than the Happy Few who currently compose it [...]

    25. Jerry

      Star Maker must have been at least a little old fashioned even when it was published in 1937 Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone It is also Wells than Wells in its didacticism There isn t much of a story here it s a journey of observation, explaining how the universe works, from the microscopic level to the divine.Despite it being basically a fantasy [...]

    26. Wade Duvall

      The well runs deep on Stapledon s imagination Presented here are ideas which will influence scifi for years to come even if people don t realize it Star Maker is a must read for any fan of science fiction.It bears repeating that Olaf Stapledon was a philosopher who wrote science fiction to bring his message to a wider audience His influence on the golden age and new wave of science fiction is vast, and I m still surprised his name is not passed around often view spoiler The scope of Stapledon s [...]

    27. Kaph

      Verdict A rapidly expanding Space Odyssey filled with the condensing sparkly nebulae of future scifi and also the meaning of life.It very quickly became apparent to me that Star Maker would not be your typical romp through the stars, seeking out new worlds and new civilizations etc, etc Which isn t to say it doesn t boldly go where no man has gone before, it does, but just not typically Perhaps not boldly, either Star Maker Contemplatively going where no man has gone before Yes, that s better.An [...]

    28. Lauren

      It was hard going with this book Stapledon took the fascinating concept of a man s consciousness travelling across time and the cosmos with a band of other alien minds and created a resulting narrative that was told in the most sedate, detached way seemingly possible This book literally put me to sleep Multiple times Almost every time I tried to read it, in fact Which made it a good book to read right around bed time But it also made me avoid the book like hell for a while, too And if the book d [...]

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