Paperback, 272 pages

English language

Published Aug. 11, 1979 by Methuen.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

After reading "Last and First Men", I approached Olaf's next masterpiece, "Star Maker" ( first published in 1937), with some disbelief as to how on earth he could possibly better the span, pathos and magnanimity he had already laid out. A quick scan of the appendices yielded the impression that this book would embrace not just the tiny fragment of history that was mankind's stay in the universe, but that all history of the universe would be described, and that of other universes too. All of this in less pages than "Last and First Men"! My immediate reaction was simply, "No way, Jose" and I wondered how he was going to set about such an immense task. The vehicle used was, of course, the best man has going for him - his imagination. A contemplative man is whisked off on an imaginary journey through space and time by an ever-gathering …

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reviewed Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon (Magnum Books)

Long, rambling, but profound

3 stars

Yet who makes the makers?

Great start and finish. Overuse of the indescribable, that Olaf then does describe. Not one for dialog or action fans, questions about nature, philosophy, metaphysics, and religion all present here. 1937 is apparent, but not at the forefront, a true pre-atomic sci-fi that would never get published today

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