Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, published in .. Premisa: un señor inglés se pone a mirar las estrellas y tiene un viaje astral de. Hacedor de Estrellas by Olaf Stapledon at – ISBN – ISBN – Minotauro – – Softcover. Title, Hacedor de estrellas. Author, Olaf Stapledon. Translated by, Gregorio Lemos. Edition, reprint. Publisher, Minotauro, ISBN,

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Stapledon contemplates human nature, the rise and fall of civilisation, collective consciousness between humans and alien speciesour place in the Universe, competing political ideologies, the origins and nature of religions and gods, mysticism, and possibly the most mind-boggling concept in the whole book the idea that planets, stars, galaxies and the Universe itself could be conscious as a kind of super-mind. This was not a problem for me once I got used to it, but if that sort of thing bothers you, you might want to get the paperback.

The plot is fairly simple; our unnamed narrator while contemplating the infinite on an evening walk, goes on a psychic trip through the galaxy and beyond.

If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots. It remains consistent, thought provoking, hacdeor beautiful, majestic and concise portrayal of philosophical ideas that never amount to incoherent, pretentious preaching and, most importantly for the general reader, this novel is perhaps one of the most imaginative adventures ever written certainly in my experience.

On the contrary I have been impressed by Stapledon’s prescience in a number of places in his oeuvre.

Based on the astronomical knowledge of the time, Stapledon paints a sweeping picture of the creation of the universe, the development of life on an ever-growing scale, the birth and death of stars, the olad of planetary and galactic consciousness.


At the novel’s climax this roving collective beholds the final death of the universe and the ‘ultimate moment’ the encounter with our creator the estrelpas Star Maker – the hypercosmic intelligence engaged in creating universe after universe, to whom sapient beings are an unforeseen by-product, observing their trials and tribulations with simultaneous empathy and ‘diabolic glee’. What he cares about is how they develop, and how they’ll succeed.

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This is a ‘what if’ story in the best way. For example, I loved this bit: Transient cookies are kept in RAM and are deleted either when you close all your browser windows, or when you reboot your computer.

Olaf Stapledon does not make this mistake. The digression into uninteresting theism is abrupt and has nothing to do with the rest of the book, except to explain away real problems with a non-answer. Some narrative momentum and personal attachment is sacrificed to the remarkable breadth, but this is necessary, and he gets around the problem admirably.

Every science fiction fan should read this. But Stapledon didn’t have the science necessary to do this justice. A lot of the ways Stapledon articulates his religious concepts are transparently Christian, but there is also some acknowledgement ed East Asian philosophy, sfapledon before it became in vogue in the West, so it’s easy again to overlook.

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Anyway, the prose of Star Maker is finely tooled and sensitive. Stapeldon was truly a pioneer of SF for bringing us truly big ideas. I did, however, discover the best way to get acquainted with the innovative ideas buried in satpledon book — have your fellow book club members, who actually did finish the esrellas, recap the cool bits and save you the reading time. Barring an astronomical disaster, this enlightened world, In this happy phase, then, which might last for a few centuries or for many thousands of years, the whole energy of the world would be devoted to perfecting the world-community and raising the caliber of the race by cultural and by eugenical means.


In an earlier book, Last and First Menthe author described the billion-year future history of the human race. It also includes many, if not all, of the classic sci-fi themes: I recommend this book. Written in the late ‘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. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who mysteriously floats into the sky one night while contemplating its immensity.

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A bold statement, but I think it’s true. Jun 07, George rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even oneself, that seeming-central fact, was a estrelllas phantom, so deceptive, that the most honest of men must question his own honesty, so insubstantial that he must even doubt his very existence. Some of the elements and themes briefly discussed prefigure later fiction concerning genetic engineering and alien life forms.

The human race There’s a theory that, no matter what the author appears to be writing about, really he’s writing about himself.

Despite it being basically a fantasy, he attempts to keep the observations rooted in hard science. Stapledon’s book reads half like a chronicle of the future, half as a philosophical treatise on the meaning of existence and the yearning for lucidity and understanding. I’m left with the same sense of awe I felt when I first read The Lord of the Ringsand realized that it was the progenitor and unrivaled superior to all the sword and sorcery novels I read as a kid.