Sirius is thomas trelone's great experiment - a huge, handsome dog with the brain and intelligence of a human being. Raised and educated in trelone's own family alongside Plaxy, his youngest daughter, Sirius is a truly remarkable and gifted creature. His relationship with the trelones, is deep and close, particularly with Plaxy, and his inquiring mind ranges across the spectrum of human knowledge and experience.
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Widely regarded as one of the true classics of science fiction, Star Maker is a poetic and deeply philosophical work. Clarke and which Jorge Luis Borges called "a prodigious novel. ". The book challenges preconceived notions of intelligence and awareness, and ultimately argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from culturally ingrained thought and our inevitable anthropomorphism.
Lewis and Arthur C. The story details the mental journey of an unnamed narrator who is transported not only to other worlds but also other galaxies and parallel universes, until he eventually becomes part of the "cosmic mind. First published in 1937, olaf stapledon's descriptions of alien life are a political commentary on human life in the turbulent inter-war years.
This is the first scholarly edition of a book that influenced such writers as C. S.
Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future
The enormous scope of this great classic makes it one of the finest future histories ever written, a true master work of science fiction. The classic future history of human intelligence from one of the fathers of science fiction. In his epic last and first men olaf stapledon decribes the evolution of mankind through the ages, reaching the very heights of civilization at one point, but always developing new thoughts, descending to the depths of near-extinction at the next, surviving onslaughts from other planets and overcoming the waning of solar energy, new abilities and new means of survival.
John wainwright is a freak, a human mutation with an extraordinary intelligence which is both awesome and frightening to behold. And odd john has a plan - to create a new order on Earth, a new supernormal species. But the world is not ready for such a change. Ordinary humans are mere playthings to him.
Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest
Odd john: a story between jest and Earnest is a 1935 science fiction novel by the British author Olaf Stapledon. The novel explores the theme of the Übermensch superman in the character of John Wainwright, whose supernormal human mentality inevitably leads to conflict with normal human society and to the destruction of the utopian colony founded by John and other super humans.
Last and First Men
Stapledon's conception of history is based on the hegelian Dialectic, following a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions of years, but it is also one of progress, as the later civilizations rise to far greater heights than the first.
A work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years and eighteen distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive. Epic science fiction classic! "No book before or since has ever had such an impact on my imagination.
Arthur c clarke - a work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across 2 billion years and 18 distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive. The book anticipates the science of genetic engineering, and is an early example of the up to now fictional supermind; a consciousness composed of many telepathically-linked individuals.
Stapledon's conception of history is a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions of years, but it is also one of progress, as the later civilizations rise to far greater heights than the first. The book anticipates the science of genetic engineering, and is an early example of the fictional supermind; a consciousness composed of many telepathically-linked individuals.
Sir patrick moore said "this novel Last and First Men is immensely thought-provoking and I've read it time and time again. Profound in the extreme - loved, lauded and recommended by the best SF writers. Last and first men: a story of the near and Far Future is a science fiction novel written in 1930 by the British author Olaf Stapledon.
Last and First Men
Not only a must-read for scholars of the genre but even for those who want to look beyond their own immortality, as well as our civilizations immortality. No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination, " declared 2001 author Arthur C. An imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations.
Clarke of this masterpiece of science fiction. First published nearly 70 years ago, this masterpiece is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century. Olaf stapledon creates a history of the evolution of humankind over the next two billion years, and has lots of it right! It's so vast; it brings the concept of `time' closer to the human experience.
This snowballing process is paralleled by the expansion of the book's scale, describing more and more planets in less and less detail. The disembodied travelers encounter many ideas that are interesting from both science-fictional and philosophical points of view. These include the first known instance of what is now called the dyson sphere; a reference to a scenario closely predicting the later zoo hypothesis or Star Trek's Prime Directive; many imaginative descriptions of species, civilizations and methods of warfare; descriptions of the Multiverse; and the idea that the stars and even pre-galactic nebulae are intelligent beings, operating on vast time scales.
The climax of the book is the "supreme moment of the cosmos", when the cosmical mind which includes the narrator attains momentary contact with the Star Maker, the creator of the universe. Clarke considered Star Maker to be one of the finest works of science fiction ever written. A single human narrator from England is transported out of his body via unexplained means.
Some of the elements and themes briefly discussed prefigure later fiction concerning genetic engineering and alien life forms. A key idea is the formation of collective minds from many telepathically linked individuals, galaxies, on the level of planets, and eventually the cosmos itself. The book describes a history of life in the universe, Last and First Men 1930, dwarfing in scale Stapledon's previous book, a history of the human species over two billion years.
Star maker tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship between creation and creator. After exploring a civilization on another planet in our galaxy at a level of development similar to our own that existed millions of years ago thousands of light years from Earth the "Other Earth" in some detail, and as they travel together, his mind merges with that of one of its inhabitants, they are joined by still more minds or group-minds.
Darkness and the Light
Stapledon projects two separate futures for humanity, depending not on the outcome of World War II but on the failure or success of a future "Tibetan Renaissance" to influence the temper and ideology of the militaristic empires that threaten it.
This award-winning science fiction classic explores a far-future world inhabited by intelligent canines who pass down the tales of their human forefathers. Heinlein, Clifford D. Winner of the international fantasy award, City is a magnificent literary metropolis filled with an astonishing array of interlinked stories and structures—at once dystopian, compassionate, transcendent, and visionary.
Granted the power of speech centuries earlier by the revered Bruce Webster, pacifist dogs are the last keepers of human history, raising their pups with bedtime stories, the intelligent, passed down through generations, of the lost “websters” who gave them so much but will never return. Thousands of years have passed since humankind abandoned the city—first for the countryside, then for the stars, and ultimately for oblivion—leaving their most loyal animal companions alone on Earth.
But they now face serious threats from their own and other dimensions, perhaps the most dangerous of all being the reawakened remnants of a warlike race called “Man. In the golden age of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Simak’s writing blazed as brightly as anyone’s in the science fiction firmament. With the aid of jenkins, an ageless service robot, the dogs live in a world of harmony and peace.
The Fountains of Paradise
A beautifully mounted story about the human need to reach—literally—for the stars, and the fine line between genius and megalomania. Sfreviews. Net. Unfortunately, the only appropriate surface base for the elevator is located at the top of a mountain already occupied by an ancient order of Buddhist monks who strongly oppose the project.
Renowned structural engineer Dr. A hugo and nebula award–winning novel from the legendary “colossus of science fiction” and creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey The New Yorker. The elevator would lift interstellar spaceships into orbit without the need of rockets to blast through the Earth’s atmosphere—making space travel easier and more cost-effective.
An epic novel of daring dreams spanning twenty decades, this award-winning drama combines believable science with heart-stopping suspense. Vannevar morgan seeks to link earth to the stars by constructing a space elevator that will connect to an orbiting satellite 22, 300 miles from the planet’s surface.
Morgan must face down their opposition—as well as enormous technical, political, and economic challenges—if he is to create his beanstalk to the heavens.