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 Many previously unpublished writings, such as Stapledon's essays, poems, memoirs, and letters round out this collection.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
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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About the author (1997)

Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) was born near Liverpool and educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Liverpool University. After spending eighteen months working in a shipping office in Liverpool and Port Said, he lectured extramurally for Liverpool University in English Literature and industrial history. He served in France from 1915 until 1919 with the Friends Ambulance Unit and then lectured again for Liverpool University in psychology and philosophy. His novels include First and Last Men, Last Men in London, Star Maker and Odd John.

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