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Review ↠ Star Maker ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook í Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon published in 1937 The book describes a history of life in the universe dwarfing in scale Stapledon's previous book Last and First Men 1930 a history of the human species over two billion years Star Maker tackles philosophicBillion years Star Maker tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life of birth decay and death and the relationship between creation and creator A pervading theme is that of progressive unity within and between different ci. This is a novel is it a novel If it is a novel it has no plot and no developed characters The time scale is so huge as to be unimaginable Stapledon's imagination is also unimaginable The narrator starts as 'I' then turns into 'we' sometimes 'human' then a cosmic consciousness; and at one point something like but not exactly a demi god Oh weird this is so weird This might be the weirdest book I have ever readHow is it compelling with no plot How can you care what happens next when the main character is no than a point of view How do you centre yourself in the book when it zooms from world to world galaxy to galaxy aeon to aeon I don't know But somehow you do The narrator does starts as a human being I think the first sentence is completely wonderful One night when I had tasted bitterness I went out on to the hill On the hill he looks at the stars and then suddenly he finds himself soaring away from his native planet at incredible speed I was not troubled by the absence of oxygen and atmospheric pressure I experienced only an increasing exhilaration and a delightful effervescence of thought And so it goes on like an astonishing amazing dreamThe narrator encounters many forms of life many different kinds of intelligence On some of these he dwells for a paragraph or two in fabulous detail For example I loved this bit Many of these early universes were non spatial though none the less physical And of these non spatial universes not a few were of the 'musical' type in which space was strangely represented by a dimension corresponding to musical pitch and capacious with myriads of tonal differences The creatures appeared to one another as complex patterns and rhythms of tonal characters They could move their tonal bodies in the dimension of pitch and sometimes in other dimensions humanly inconceivable A creature's body was a or less constant tonal pattern with much the same degree of flexibility and minor changefulness as a human body Also it could traverse other living bodies in the pitch dimension much as wave trains on a pond may cross one another It's like David Attenborough on speed I said there was no normal plot to draw you through and connect things There is however a uestion The narrator starts by staring at the stars into which he is drawn in a kind of dream or vision I think it is a vision I totally believed in it Not believed that it was true I don't mean that believed that the vision was a genuine experience I still feel uite sure Olaf Stapledon did all this in his own head was somehow drawn into it inexorably and as a visionary not as an ordinary writer Oh I forgot the uestion It is 'Who or what is the Star Marker' The narrator goes in search of GodI loved the complex experience of finding the Star Maker Yes he does find him But no spoilers here He finds both an answer and no answer the only kind of resolution I could be happy with This is too truthful a book to come to a conclusion anything less than profound In some ways I think the book is about size It encompasses a vast time scale In fact it goes right outside of time And distances inconceivable But it looks the other way too at the microscopic There's a Note on Magnitude at the end where the author says Immensity is not in itself a good thing Somehow this book is both immense and only 253 pages long On the front cover there's a uote from Arthur C Clarke I'm normally allergic to blurb but well Clarke says Probably the most powerful work of imagination ever written I'd go with that

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Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon published in 1937 The book describes a history of life in the universe dwarfing in scale Stapledon's previous book Last and First Men 1930 a history of the human species over two. to discover what part life and mind were actually playing among the stars I absolutely loved this Plant people composite minds intelligent stars and an exploration into some of life's biggest uestions This book is a history of the universe told by an Englishman who mysteriously floats into the sky one night while contemplating its immensity It does not contain many of the traditional elements of a novel For example there are not many characters in the traditional sense But what it does have is a beautifully crafted series of interwoven alien histories sci fi type hypotheses and spiritual and philosophical musings One thing that surprised me is how specific some of the answers to these big uestions get toward the end It's not just some vague notion of the unified spirit it's much detailed than that I suspect that not all readers will like these answers but I found them to be compelling and fascinating possibilities I also think this is a must read for any sci fi fan It was first published in 1937 at the dawn of sci fi's Golden Age making the ideas expressed all the impressive and important The final pages of the book tie its themes back to what was happening in Europe when it was written which I found brilliant and poignant at the same time One technical note apostrophes appear as fs and uotation marks appear as gs and hs in the Kindle version This was not a problem for me once I got used to it but if that sort of thing bothers you you might want to get the paperback

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Star MakerVilizations Some of the elements and themes briefly discussed prefigure later fiction concerning genetic engineering and alien life forms Arthur C Clarke considered Star Maker to be one of the finest works of science fiction ever writt. I really wanted to like this book especially given its glowing reviews and being hailed as early sci fi with lots of great ideas etc etc It does contain some really cool ideas about extraterrestrial species and some somewhat less accessiblerelevantpersuasive ideas about the organization of the universe but it reads like a textbook There is no real characternarrator just a frame story about mental interstellar travel that allows the text to move around from planet to planet There is no real plot There are no actual stories that happen on these planets just summaries Did Stapledon miss the show don't tell guideline My attention waned and in the end I only made it halfway through I did however discover the best way to get acuainted with the innovative ideas buried in the book have your fellow book club members who actually did finish the book recap the cool bits and save you the reading time