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OLAF STAPLEDON: The Ultimate SF Writer - Brian Aldiss

It was at the moment of creation that the nebulae first found awareness. And they were to burn with it for countless millennia, changing, struggling, shifting on an axis that had only the Mystery at its centre.

The Launching of the Cosmos, the First Cosmical War, the appearance of Bright Heart the saint and of Fire Bolt t
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Paperback, 130 pages
Published January 1979 by Sphere Books Limited (first published January 1st 1976)
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Nihal Vrana
Mar 27, 2016 Nihal Vrana rated it really liked it
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Nobody has reached the heights of non-anthropomorphic imagination as Stapledon yet. It is not the feat of imagining Nebulae as sentient beings; it is the details of their sentience that made me shudder. It does not have the completeness of Star Maker and towards the end, it slightly fell to the more standard sci-fi formula (with a touch of ideas from Saints and Revolutionaries book of Stapledon, which is a bad fit in my opinion). But still it is an inspiring book. I love Stapledon's "Philosophy ...more
Michael
Jun 03, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
This was a first draft/prologue/retread of the long-history-telling of Star Maker or Last and First Men, so Bright Heart Jesus and Fire Bolt Lenin were the only new bits. It was still more imaginative than many, many people have ever been.

At one point while reading this, I thought up a new way to describe Stapledon to people who haven't heard of him: sort of like Emerson, if Emerson liked wandering in deep space and looking billions of years into the future.

From Emerson's "The Over-soul," (an id
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Peter O'Brien
"Even now, in our human era, all are not dead. Some, like our own great galaxy, retain a smouldering core, organic and distressfully alive. In this galaxy of ours the vital core is hidden from man by huge clouds of dead and non-luminous matter; but our astronomers have already guessed its existence, though not its vital constitution. Most of the flesh of our once superb and ardent nebula, most of the sensitive and agile organs with which it perceived and created beauty, crumbled long ago into th ...more
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Excerpted from wikipedia:
William Olaf Stapledon was a British philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction.

Stapledon's writings directly influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Stanisław Lem, C. S. Lewis and John Maynard Smith and indirectly influenced many others, contributing many ideas to the world of science fiction.
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