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...more
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)...more
Premisa: un señor inglés se pone a mirar las estrellas y tiene un viaje astral de eones a lo la...more
The plot itself is much like his first book "Last and First Men" in that book he provides a history of mankind that transcends millions of years to the end of mankind. The culture-building and description of various civilizations over that period is quite imaginative, but rather dry as it is told as history with little plot involved.
In Star Maker there are similar themes but instead o...more
Stapledon wrote this novel primarily as a way to explore phil...more
Today I finished Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon, and the first thing that comes to my mind is that this isn’t a novel, it is more of a treatise or a manifesto, though seeing how this is supposed to be science fiction those labels don’t quite fit either. Well, whatever the correct noun happens to be, this thing is way too long and wordy for my liking.
Okay, as you may have guessed by now I would rate this book as a major disappointment, especially considering that Sirius has long been one of my fa...more
How is it compelling with no plot? How can you care what happens next wh...more
Si parte dalla coscienza disincarnata del protagonista che inizia timidamente ad esplorare le stelle, per arrivare a descrivere la coscienza collettiva dell'universo al cospetto del proprio creatore, lo "star maker", il costruttore di stelle (qui si sconfina ovviamente nel teologico).
Il tutto assume un valore ancora maggiore se si considera che l'opera è stata scritta poco pri...more
The lead character walks to the top of a hill on a dark night contemplating the fate of the world. The year is 1937. Stalinism, Facism, Capitalism clashing all over the globe, global war is coming. Feeling tiny and insignificant, the narrator turns to the starry sky. The universe, vast beyond comprehension, makes him feel even more insignificant and pointless.
As he lays there contemplating, the narrator is lifted out of his body and drifts away fr...more
If this book was written now, in a time when authors seem to write more for the story rather than for length, I kno...more
Like L&FM Star Maker is a book that is easily adm...more
Meravigliosa cronaca dell'universo del suo presente, futuro e passato, fino alla fine e oltre, a altri universi. E' fantascienza? In parte, ma �� pi�� la visione del cosmo di Stapledon messa per iscritto, un saggio filosofico mascherato da racconto.
Questo lo rende anche un romanzo sui generis, poco mostrato e molto raccontato per cui se siete fan dello "show don't tell"...more
Reading Star Maker has the physical effect of running several marathons back to back, with...more
People, I've completely forgotten to keep reading this book. There are too many others that have caught my attention. I'll get back to it in a month or so, I hope!
Our hero, sitting on a hill in his home of England, disembodies and first explores his countryside, his planet, his sun, solar system, xenosolar stellar systems, foreign planets (here begging his joining with other minds), foreign galaxies, the entirety of space and time, foreign cosmos, and beyond.
It's heavily philosophical, to a point that I find it very difficult to understand. As a piece of science-fiction I find it marvellous. We have the...more
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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abysses that opened up on every side, and in the future. The silent
darkness, the featureless unknown, were more dread than all the terrors
that imagination had mustered. Peering, the mind could see nothing sure,
nothing in all human experience to be grasped as certain, except
uncertainty itself; nothing but obscurity gendered by a thick haze of
theories. Man's science was a mere mist of numbers; his philosophy but a
fog of words. His very perception of this rocky grain and all its
wonders was but a shifting and a lying apparition. Even oneself, that
seeming-central fact, was a mere phantom, so deceptive, that the most
honest of men must question his own honesty, so insubstantial that he
must even doubt his very existence.”