An Olaf Stapledon Reader

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Robert Crossley
Syracuse University Press, Mar 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950), philosopher, novelist, educator, and social activist had an imagination unlike that of any other figure in modernist literature. Along with H.G. Wells he is remembered as one of the most original and influential pioneers of twentieth-century science fiction. This first broadly inclusive anthology of Stapledon's work offers a generous sampling of his fictional gems, including sections of his best known novels, Last and First Men, Odd Men, and Star Maker, and the complete text of two novellas, now back in print for the first time in fifty years, The Flames and Old Man in New World, as well as a selection of other writings, some previously unpublished, including essays, poems, and letters. These writings reveal the prophetic vision and utopian convictions that run through Stapledon's work, and provide the broad context readers need to grasp the scope of his vision and to appreciate his great epic works, which are classics of science fiction.
 

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Contents

The Flying Men from Last and First Men
3
Nutrition from Last Men in London
11
The Story of John
14
Nautiloids from Star Maker
22
The Reign of Darkness from Darkness and the Light
28
Old Man in New World
42
Sirius at Cambridge from Sirius
60
A Fantasy
71
The Reflections of an Ambulance Orderly
245
Pauls Changing World from Last Men in London
247
Fields Within Fields
250
Time and Eternity from Death into Life
263
The Core
266
The Heavens DeclareNothing from The Opening of the Eyes
273
Two Letters to H G Wells
279
Two Letters to Naomi Mitchison
281

The Man Who Became a Tree
124
The Peak and the Town
131
The Splendid Race
145
Thoughts on the Modern Spirit
148
The Remaking of Man
163
Machinery and Labour
169
On Cultural Diversity
175
Mysticism from Philosophy and Living
179
Escapism in Literature
188
Literature and the Unity of Man
197
Some Thoughts on H G Wellss You Cant Be Too Careful
203
Social Implications of Atomic Power
206
Mankind at the Crossroads
211
Interplanetary Man?
218
Letter to Virginia Woolf
283
Letter to C E M Joad
284
Three Letters to Aage Marcus
286
Letter to Fay Pomerance
291
Letter to Gwyneth AlbanDavis
293
The Builder
297
Poems from LatterDay Psalms
298
Resignation
302
Our Shame
303
Poems from Metaphysical Posters
304
Paradox
308
Recommended Reading
309
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Robert Crossley, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is editor of Talking Across the World: The Love Letters of Olaf Stapledon and Agnes Miller, 1913-1919 and the author of Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future, also published by Syracuse University Press.

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