Star Maker, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars.

The next, he is whirling through the firmament, and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun. Even Stapledon's other great work, LAST AND FIRST MEN, pales in ambition next to STAR MAKER, which presents nothing less than an entire imagined history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781857988079



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The ultimate galactic voyage - Stapledon takes a lonely Englishman and guides him around universe and time to the end itself, and right back to the beginning.The book is momentous; a delightful find for the spiritual atheist. Having read about men and civilisations and planets and systems all evolving and dying out and passing on, the real world suddenly seemed empty and trivial.A classic of world literature - this book should be read by everyone, and not just science fiction diehards.

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Of all the books in the SF Masterworks series that I've read so far, this may the one whose resonances I think I can detect in later SF works the most. Firstly, the alien races (including the very non-human ones) are so carefully detailed and are so fully alive in terms of their physiology, sociology, psychology, etc. Secondly, the overriding concept is of a progression from singular individual consciousness to collective consciousness, as part of an overall spiritual evolution of a species *and* of a galaxy as a whole. These are powerful ideas, they're handled intelligently, and the book has aged surprisingly well (it was written in the late 1930s). However, like many idea-driven SF works, it's all about the explaining and teaching. There is virtually no plot, and no genuine characterisation of individuals to speak of. So to me, it was a worthy read rather than a truly enjoyable one.

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If you ever come my way you'll know you're near my house because my WiFi network is called 'Olaf Stapledon'. Star Maker is the main reason for that. It is a page-turner of breathtaking imagination. Be warned, though, this book has no room for plot or characters except for the most flimsy of framing devices. It doesn't need them. It has ideas.

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