An Olaf Stapledon Reader

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
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Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) - philosopher, novelist, educator, and social activist - had an imagination unlike that of any other author. Along with H. G. Wells he is remembered as one of the most original pioneers of twentieth-century science fiction. This anthology of Stapledon's work offers many of his fictional gems, including sections of his best-known novels, Last and First Men, Darkness and the Light, and Star Maker, and the complete test of a novella, The Flames: A Fantasy and the story "Old Man in New World." Many previously unpublished writings, such as Stapledon's essays, poems, memoirs, and letters round out this collection.
 

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Contents

The Flying Men from Last and First Men
3
Nautiloids from Star Maker
22
Old Man in New World
42
Sirius at Cambridge from Sirius
60
The Man Who Became a Tree 224
124
The Splendid Race
145
The Remaking of Man 1 63
163
Mysticism from Philosophy and Living
179
Literature and the Unity of Man
197
Mankind at the Crossroads
211
The Reflections of an Ambulance Orderly
245
Time and Eternity from Death into Life
263
Letters
279
Letter to Gwyneth AlbanDavis
293
Paradox
308
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