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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 ci This is not an easy read but incredibly important one The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale both spacial and temporal Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas

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Star MakerVilizations 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 writt 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 2016The basic idea of Star Maker is uite 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 is I had heard of him but only in passing and the name had not stuck in my consciousness There were a number of worries I entertained before starting out on my 2016 SF reading list1 Would the prose be any good? Some people might be annoyed by the assumption that much prose in the field of SF is bad but it's not as if I've never read SF before though I feel myself somewhat behind in the area For instance I've read a few of Philip K Dick's works and though I enjoyed them uite a lot I found the prose to be fairly poor Anyway the prose of Star Maker is finely tooled and sensitive How can I put this? Stapledon is clearly not from a pulp fiction kind of background2 Would the worldview be a few dystopias and veiled gnosticism aside a shallow view of technological triumphalism? Star Maker is clearly written by someone with a deep interest in science philosophy and the most essential spiritual uestions of the human raceActually most of my uestions were probably variants of these twoI have become so sensitive in recent years in an irritated kind of way to half baked philosophy in fiction that I was ready from the start to find it in this book I felt some twitches of doubt on this score in the opening pages but then after a while I began to think Hang on this guy actually does have a grasp of philosophy especially regarding what uestions to ask in the first place Looking him up online I found that he had a PhD in philosophy While it would perhaps be complacent to say That explains it nonetheless I felt vindicated in some waySo what are the right uestions? not only to explore the depths of the physical universe but to discover what part life and mind were actually playing among the stars p13I remember reading in The Book of Lies by Aleister Crowley the epigram The universe is a joke made by the general at the expense of the particularIn the uote above from page 13 of the book Stapledon signals his bold intent to discover the place of the particular joke or otherwise within the general One uestion for me as a reader is whether he succeeds in that intent I will perhaps only know for sure when I have finished It's really an impossible task the author has set himself so if I fault him early on it must not be taken for a lack of enthusiasm There's no doubt that the sweep of cosmic vision that Stapledon achieves here is something remarkable it is uniue in my own experience of reading However because I don't want to lose the thread of my own thoughts about the book I'll note here now that I have a feeling that Stapledon sometimes gets lost not in details as it were but in 'the big picture' He is in danger of erring on the side of the general in this exploration of the relations of general and particular A sample uote from page 101I must not tell in detail of the heroic struggle by which the race refashioned its symbiotic nature to suit the career that lay before itVariations of the opening clause of this sentence are repeated a number of times in the narrative I must not stop to describe in detail Of course we can see why but does this compromise the original philosophical intent?This is one of the uestions I now have in mind as I am reading I noticed after this uestion had already formed in my mind that Stapledon seemed to redress the balance a little on page 127 which perhaps I shall uote later I shall stop here for now 8th of January 2016

Olaf Stapledon ↠ Star Maker reader

Star Maker doc ☆ Read ☆ 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 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 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 uite 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 appears for an incidental sentence or two; we aren't important in this larger scheme of thingsThe rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons