Star Maker

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Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (2021, Independently Published)

English language

Published Dec. 22, 2021 by Independently Published.

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Review of 'Star Maker by William Olaf Stapledon' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I found this book very hard to finish.
I read it having heard it was a classic in early Science Fiction, bringing some philosophy and literary ambition into a genre otherwise dominated by Flash Gordon type pulp zine stories. And, well, the ambition is certainly there. I guess some of the thoughts and ideas in it may also have been novel for its time, but they are heavily dated for today's reader and have mainly historical interest.

The writing style is rambling, overwrought, as full of adjectives as H. P. Lovecraft, although not quite as terrible. On the other hand, Lovecraft knows to keep it short, which is not exactly the case for Stapledon.

One thing that speaks in Stapledons favor is that he has clearly been careful about being up to date with the scientific state of the art of his time. Which is hopelessly outdated today, of course, …

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