Star Maker

Star Maker

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 philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship b Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, published in 1937. The book describes a history of life in the u...

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Star Maker Reviews

  • Ed
    Jul 25, 2012

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

    I got this from a list of books on io9 that were "books everyone talks about and no one reads." It was apparently very influential, and I can see why. First the negative: Like most old fiction (1930s here), this book has a problem with pacing. For the most part it reads like a histo...

  • Helen (Helena/Nell)
    Dec 27, 2012

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

  • Nate D
    Feb 25, 2010

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

  • Ollie
    Dec 25, 2009

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

    I got this from a list of books on io9 that were "books everyone talks about and no one reads." It was apparently very influential, and I can see why. First the negative: Like most old fiction (1930s here), this book has a problem with pacing. For the most part it reads like a histo...

    Tortura china es poco. El libro es una trampa mortal, te engatusa para terminar torturándote poquito a poco. Empieza de una manera grandiosa, los dos primeros capítulos me parecen una joya al más puro estilo Carl Sagan. Luego el libro parece que se monta en la nave de "Cosmos"...

    This book nearly blew my head off so I can only imagine what readers felt when they first encountered it in 1937. Enthralled? Ecstatic? Spellbound? If I were Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and I found a copy of this book underneath the fallen Statue of Liberty, I'd create a reli...

  • Odile
    Jan 18, 2012

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

  • Peter
    Jun 29, 2008

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

  • Nate
    May 25, 2008

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

  • Weathervane
    May 29, 2008

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

    I got this from a list of books on io9 that were "books everyone talks about and no one reads." It was apparently very influential, and I can see why. First the negative: Like most old fiction (1930s here), this book has a problem with pacing. For the most part it reads like a histo...

    Tortura china es poco. El libro es una trampa mortal, te engatusa para terminar torturándote poquito a poco. Empieza de una manera grandiosa, los dos primeros capítulos me parecen una joya al más puro estilo Carl Sagan. Luego el libro parece que se monta en la nave de "Cosmos"...

    This book nearly blew my head off so I can only imagine what readers felt when they first encountered it in 1937. Enthralled? Ecstatic? Spellbound? If I were Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and I found a copy of this book underneath the fallen Statue of Liberty, I'd create a reli...

    As a work of the imagination, I have never read anything that surpasses this. As a 'science fiction' novel this is definitely in my top ten although it is important to remember that Stapledon was not aware that he was writing anything resembling a work in this genre and indeed had neve...

    One of the greatest books ever written. Every science fiction fan should read this. ...

  • Gendou
    May 31, 2013

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

  • Manny
    Dec 13, 2008

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

  • Derek
    Mar 18, 2017

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

  • Kiri
    Jan 05, 2009

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

  • Hollis
    Jul 10, 2009

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

    I got this from a list of books on io9 that were "books everyone talks about and no one reads." It was apparently very influential, and I can see why. First the negative: Like most old fiction (1930s here), this book has a problem with pacing. For the most part it reads like a histo...

    Tortura china es poco. El libro es una trampa mortal, te engatusa para terminar torturándote poquito a poco. Empieza de una manera grandiosa, los dos primeros capítulos me parecen una joya al más puro estilo Carl Sagan. Luego el libro parece que se monta en la nave de "Cosmos"...

    This book nearly blew my head off so I can only imagine what readers felt when they first encountered it in 1937. Enthralled? Ecstatic? Spellbound? If I were Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and I found a copy of this book underneath the fallen Statue of Liberty, I'd create a reli...

    As a work of the imagination, I have never read anything that surpasses this. As a 'science fiction' novel this is definitely in my top ten although it is important to remember that Stapledon was not aware that he was writing anything resembling a work in this genre and indeed had neve...

  • Dave
    Jan 05, 2009

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

  • Mark
    Mar 30, 2011

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

  • Bradley
    Apr 30, 2018

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

  • Jordi Balcells
    May 17, 2011

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

  • Quentin Crisp
    Jan 08, 2016

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

  • Jonathan
    Mar 02, 2011

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

    I got this from a list of books on io9 that were "books everyone talks about and no one reads." It was apparently very influential, and I can see why. First the negative: Like most old fiction (1930s here), this book has a problem with pacing. For the most part it reads like a histo...

    Tortura china es poco. El libro es una trampa mortal, te engatusa para terminar torturándote poquito a poco. Empieza de una manera grandiosa, los dos primeros capítulos me parecen una joya al más puro estilo Carl Sagan. Luego el libro parece que se monta en la nave de "Cosmos"...

    This book nearly blew my head off so I can only imagine what readers felt when they first encountered it in 1937. Enthralled? Ecstatic? Spellbound? If I were Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and I found a copy of this book underneath the fallen Statue of Liberty, I'd create a reli...

    As a work of the imagination, I have never read anything that surpasses this. As a 'science fiction' novel this is definitely in my top ten although it is important to remember that Stapledon was not aware that he was writing anything resembling a work in this genre and indeed had neve...

    One of the greatest books ever written. Every science fiction fan should read this. ...

    I've never written a review for a book before, but this one left such a strong impression on me that I think I should write one. First of all, it is not an easy read. The whole book is essentially prose-poetry. There is no dialogue - every page is filled with rich, detailed, poetic ...

    This is true Science Fiction. That is, with the emphasis heavily weighed on Fiction. I find too many Sci-Fi authors get caught up with the Science wand miss out on the opportunity to narrative meaningful, allegoric and absorbing tales. Olaf Stapledon does not make this mistake. In fact...

  • Daniel Roy
    Jul 10, 2012

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

  • Χρήστος
    Jun 18, 2017

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

  • Metaphorosis
    Aug 01, 2014

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

  • Stuart
    Apr 05, 2013

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

  • Sam
    Dec 14, 2012

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

    I got this from a list of books on io9 that were "books everyone talks about and no one reads." It was apparently very influential, and I can see why. First the negative: Like most old fiction (1930s here), this book has a problem with pacing. For the most part it reads like a histo...

    Tortura china es poco. El libro es una trampa mortal, te engatusa para terminar torturándote poquito a poco. Empieza de una manera grandiosa, los dos primeros capítulos me parecen una joya al más puro estilo Carl Sagan. Luego el libro parece que se monta en la nave de "Cosmos"...

    This book nearly blew my head off so I can only imagine what readers felt when they first encountered it in 1937. Enthralled? Ecstatic? Spellbound? If I were Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and I found a copy of this book underneath the fallen Statue of Liberty, I'd create a reli...

    As a work of the imagination, I have never read anything that surpasses this. As a 'science fiction' novel this is definitely in my top ten although it is important to remember that Stapledon was not aware that he was writing anything resembling a work in this genre and indeed had neve...

    One of the greatest books ever written. Every science fiction fan should read this. ...

    I've never written a review for a book before, but this one left such a strong impression on me that I think I should write one. First of all, it is not an easy read. The whole book is essentially prose-poetry. There is no dialogue - every page is filled with rich, detailed, poetic ...

  • fromcouchtomoon
    Jan 02, 2016

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

  • William Oarlock
    Dec 31, 2012

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

  • Jerry
    Oct 09, 2017

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

  • H.M. Ada
    Jun 28, 2015

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

  • Daniorte
    Jun 12, 2015

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...

    Star Maker: The grandest vision of the universe (Posted at Fantasy Literature) Star Maker is perhaps the grandest and most awe-inspiring vision of the universe ever penned by a SF author, before the term even existed, in 1937 by the pioneering English writer Olaf Stapledon. Altho...

    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 consciousnes...

    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 accessible/relevant/persuasive ideas about the org...

    All hail the master Stapledon! With his no plot, no struggle, no conflict, textbookshual novels, hahaha. It stands on its own as a gorgeous and inventive investigation of humanity, but I also can't help but see this as an allegory of pre- and inter-war year tensions, with alien depicti...

    It might be best for me to try and write a review as I go along. This is the first of 25 books in a list I've drawn up for myself of works of science fiction to read in 2016. The basic idea of Star Maker is quite simple, but extremely ambitious: If a human consciousness could de...

    "??? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?????, ????? ?? ????????? ??? ????" ???????????? ?? ???????????? Sapiens ??? ??????, ?? ????? ??????? ?? ??? ?????????? ??? ?????...

    An amazing, challenging tour of the universe through the eyes of a cosmic voyager growing gradually into a transcendent vision of Creation and Eternity. Mixes everything from Einstein to Buddha and astrophysics to strange life forms in megagravity environments. Never read anything like...

    No es una novela ni es ciencia ficción, por mucho que así la clasifiquen por ahí. Es un ensayo filosófico sobre la vida, el universo y todo lo demás. Lo que pasa es que es muy especulativo y habla de astronomía, de inteligencia artificial, de exobiología, de psicología, de fís...

    ?Star Maker?, by Olaf Stapledon, is an incredible novel by an author whose contributions to science fiction are unique and serve as inspiration to many of the greatest works in the field. It was Stapledon?s fourth novel and was first published in 1937. Narrated by the same voice ...

    It is near impossible to imagine a novel with a greater scope than this one, which spans all of cosmic eternity from big bang to the energy death of the universe... and perhaps beyond. In Stapleton's convulsively expanding reference frame humans are almost immediately inconsequential, ...

    reviews.metaphorosis.com 3.5 stars A man suddenly acquires the power to travel mentally throughout all dimensions of the universe, from creation to conclusion. He traces the development of many kinds of life while seeking signs of a postulated creative force. This is pos...

    The forward to this book promises "more than science fiction" but, alas, the book delivers something rather less. Part of the problem is, the book is old, written in 1937, before some scientific discoveries were widely accepted/known, and before others were even made. Also, the author ...

    If you like SF stories that project far, far into the distant future, then Star Maker will leave you breathless. I don't think there's a single book in existence that can dwarf the scope and grandeur of this one. How can you write something bigger than the ultimate destiny of all the U...

    Last and First Men hurt, but I'm back for more. And Stapledon continues to run with his vast future history, now encompassing the universe. It repeats the original structure, with a series of specific, detailed histories that eventually generalize and summarize, pulling back to show t...

    One of the most influential pieces of science fiction ever written, Arthur C. Clarke ("Childhood's End"), John Wyndham ("Chocky"), Carl Sagan ("Contact") and even Douglas Adams ("The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy") all owe their cosmic scope to Stapledon. The plot is fairly sim...

    'Star Maker' moved me. Written in the late 1930's, Stapledon was perhaps a bit ahead of his time, or at least, it seems at least as relevant today as it must have been back then. I would describe the book as a creation myth for the secular age. It is a mystical and spiritual story f...

    Have had to finally admit defeat on this one. perhaps i shall return to it at some point, I know i put Jude the obscure aside when I was about 20 and then took it up again and read it about 15 years later. the problem with that scenario would be the sneakiest suspicion that 15 years wo...

    If a weird, science-named cult religion had spun off from this book, rather than by a pulp writer named Hubbard twenty years later, I would have no hair, no material possessions, and you would find me at your door with fliers to join. My only complaint is the heavy reliance on telepath...

    Star Maker must have been at least a little old-fashioned even when it was published in 1937. Stapledon uses the framing technique of Eddison and others, very much like Hodgson in The House on the Borderland to tell the story of a man who travels the cosmos by intellect alone. It is al...

    I got this from a list of books on io9 that were "books everyone talks about and no one reads." It was apparently very influential, and I can see why. First the negative: Like most old fiction (1930s here), this book has a problem with pacing. For the most part it reads like a histo...

    Tortura china es poco. El libro es una trampa mortal, te engatusa para terminar torturándote poquito a poco. Empieza de una manera grandiosa, los dos primeros capítulos me parecen una joya al más puro estilo Carl Sagan. Luego el libro parece que se monta en la nave de "Cosmos"...

  • George
    Jun 07, 2018

    Wow. Just wow. This novel disproves the general assumption that golden age SF is either hokey or unscientific. In fact, it starts out like a strong hard-SF exploration novel touching on many possible alien races, mindsets, and physiologies, but it dives right down the rabbit hole in...

    "...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 questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who my...

    There's a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he's writing about himself. I find this theory quite appealing, and, even though I don't believe it 100%, I think it's often a good way to try and understand why you like a book. Star Maker is an in...

    This is not an easy read, but incredibly important one. The author takes us on a journey of ideas and concepts and in process completely alters our sense of scale, both spacial and temporal. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. ...