Olaf Stapledon is prominent. For those in literature, or even in the world as it now exists, in philosophy, in psychology, the detailed histories of these two strange beings will be ones to ponder. After a strange birth and childhood, John is suddenly compelled to accept the fact that he is different. What is more, he has to decide what to do with his gifts.
Odd john and sirius are no less accurate in dealing with the problem in another guise. The central question is: if and when a superior being is introduced into a culture, how will either survive? Stapledon’s answers are by no means romantic fantasies; they are the pathetic, one day, realistic conclusions which we, may be forced to accept.
Odd John and Sirius #ad - Odd john is the definitive fictionalization of the mutated superman. Last and first men and starmaker are generally considered to be the finest future histories ever written, the gage by which all earlier and later works are measured. Sirius, who is not only superior to his own kind, although the logical successor to Odd John, a dog with superhuman mentality, deals with quite another being — an alien intelligence, artificially produced, but rejected by those with whom he has most in common.
In the list of modern science fiction personalities, the late British philosopher and novelist W.
Star MakerJovian Press #ad - 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. 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.
Star Maker #ad - First published in 1937, olaf stapledon's descriptions of alien life are a political commentary on human life in the turbulent inter-war years. Clarke and which Jorge Luis Borges called "a prodigious novel. ". Lewis and Arthur C. Widely regarded as one of the true classics of science fiction, Star Maker is a poetic and deeply philosophical work.
Last and First Men#ad - An imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations. No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination, " declared 2001 author Arthur C. Olaf stapledon creates a history of the evolution of humankind over the next two billion years, and has lots of it right! It's so vast; it brings the concept of `time' closer to the human experience.
Clarke of this masterpiece of science fiction. First published nearly 70 years ago, this masterpiece is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century. Not only a must-read for scholars of the genre but even for those who want to look beyond their own immortality, as well as our civilizations immortality.
Last and First Men#ad - A work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years and eighteen distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive. Stapledon's conception of history is based on the hegelian Dialectic, but it is also one of progress, following a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions of years, as the later civilizations rise to far greater heights than the first.
Stapledon's conception of history is a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions of years, but it is also one of progress, as the later civilizations rise to far greater heights than the first. Sir patrick moore said "this novel Last and First Men is immensely thought-provoking and I've read it time and time again.
Profound in the extreme - loved, lauded and recommended by the best SF writers. Last and first men: a story of the near and Far Future is a science fiction novel written in 1930 by the British author Olaf Stapledon. The book anticipates the science of genetic engineering, and is an early example of the up to now fictional supermind; a consciousness composed of many telepathically-linked individuals.
Last and First Men #ad - The book anticipates the science of genetic engineering, and is an early example of the fictional supermind; a consciousness composed of many telepathically-linked individuals. Epic science fiction classic! "No book before or since has ever had such an impact on my imagination. Arthur c clarke - a work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across 2 billion years and 18 distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive.
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Published in 1884, stephen hawking, which became a classic in the era of Einstein, was a skewering of social hierarchy that inspired Carl Sagan, Abbott’s intricately imaginative novella, and anyone who dared to think—literally—outside the box. However, our narrator, a Square, living a practical life in this two-dimensional universe, dreams of other worlds.
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Perhaps a sphere, a figure from a three-dimensional realm, can help drive home the point.
Edges Inverted Frontier Book 1Mythic Island Press LLC #ad - Powerful telescopes can see only dust and debris where once there were orbital mega-structures so huge they eclipsed the light of their parent stars. No one knows for sure what caused the Hallowed Vasties to fail, but a hardened adventurer named Urban intends to find out. From the edge of apocalypse:deception Well is a world on the edge, home to an isolated remnant surviving at the farthest reach of human expansion.
At last, in edges, nagata teases at an answer, while simultaneously upping the stakes. He commands a captive alien starship fully capable of facing the dangers that lie beyond Deception Well. With a ship’s company of explorers and scientists, Urban is embarking on a voyage of re-discovery. He has the resources to do it.
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Dying InsideOrb Books #ad - In 1972, robert silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. Acclaimed upon first publication by SF critics and mainstream reviewers alike, Dying Inside is overdue for reintroduction to today's SF audience. Never wasting a word, silverberg persuasively shows us what it would be like to read minds, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man shaped by that unique power; a power he is now inexorably losing.
More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced. This is a novel for everyone who appreciates deeply affecting characterization, imaginative power, and the irreplaceable perspective unique to speculative fiction of the highest order.
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Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke CollectionRosettaBooks #ad - Their demands, are surprisingly benevolent: end war, however, poverty, and cruelty. Without conflict, human culture and progress stagnate. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age . . . They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development.
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke Collection #ad - Clarke is a master. Los angeles Times. In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind’s largest cities. As the years pass, it becomes clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race that may not be as benevolent as it seems. In the retro hugo award–nominated novel that inspired the Syfy miniseries, alien invaders bring peace to Earth—at a grave price: “A first-rate tour de force” The New York Times.
Frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic . . . Their purpose is to dominate Earth. Or so it seems.
Last Men in LondonJovian Press #ad - Last Men in London #ad - It has no hero but man. Though this is a work of fiction, it does not pretend to be a novel. There is no plot, except the theme of man's struggle in this awkward age to master himself and to come to terms with the universe. Since its purpose is not the characterization of individual human beings, no effort has been made to endow its few persons with distinctive personalities.
Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future#ad - The classic future history of human intelligence from one of the fathers of science fiction. In his epic last and first men olaf stapledon decribes the evolution of mankind through the ages, surviving onslaughts from other planets and overcoming the waning of solar energy, descending to the depths of near-extinction at the next, but always developing new thoughts, reaching the very heights of civilization at one point, new abilities and new means of survival.
Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future #ad - The enormous scope of this great classic makes it one of the finest future histories ever written, a true master work of science fiction.
AnathemWilliam Morrow #ad - And beyond. Suddenly burdened with a staggering responsibility, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world -- as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet. During his first apert as a fraa, Erasmas eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected.
But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the brink of cataclysmic change. Powerful unforeseen forces jeopardize the peaceful stability of mathic life and the established ennui of the Extramuros -- a threat that only an unsteady alliance of saecular and avout can oppose -- as, one by one, Erasmas and his colleagues, teachers, and friends are summoned forth from the safety of the concent in hopes of warding off global disaster.
Anathem #ad - And erasmas has no fear of the outside -- the Extramuros -- for the last of the terrible times was long, long ago. Now, in celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fraas and suurs prepare to venture beyond the concent's gates -- at the same time opening them wide to welcome the curious "extras" in.
Over the centuries, cities and governments have risen and fallen beyond the concent's walls. Three times during history's darkest epochs violence born of superstition and ignorance has invaded and devastated the cloistered mathic community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe, becoming out of necessity even more austere and less dependent on technology and material things.