Tag Archives: Olaf Stapledon

2014 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2014 inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have just been announced!

Congratulations to:

  • Leigh Brackett
  • Frank Frazetta
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Olaf Stapledon

SF Crossing the Gulf (Episode 11): “Star Maker” by Olaf Stapledon

In this episode of SF Crossing the Gulf, we tackle Star Maker, the 1939 classic by Olaf Stapledon.

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.

This relatively short novel is jam-packed with all the sense of wonder you could ask for. We talk about the seeds of any number of sf stories found within its pages, its perspective on aliens, the Omega Point, and much more. If you read Star Maker and enjoy it, we strongly recommend that you also read Last and First Men, Stapledon’s earlier work of science fiction.
Continue reading

Olaf Stapledon: Looking Far, Far into the Future

My latest column for the Kirkus Reviews blog is now online!

This time, I look at English author Olaf Stapledon and his legacy in the genre. Stapledon was an interesting author, and the scale of his works and the themes behind them set him apart from just about everyone. His works also helped to inspire a number of notable authors down the road, such as Arthur C. Clarke.

Read Looking Far, Far into the Future: Olaf Stapledon over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog!