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Hugo Finalist Review: Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon (Retro, Novel)

This one doesn’t have a conventional plot.  Or any characters.  What it does have is a vision of a turning point in history, with two possible futures emerging from it.  535 more words

Hugo Finalists 2018

Review - The Darkness and the Light

The Darkness and the Light

By Olaf Stapledon

Published 1942

Score: 8

I’ll be reading the Retro Hugos this year. Or at least, all the ones I can find. 1,013 more words


Sirius, by Olaf Stapledon

It is probably safe to claim that Olaf Stapledon (1866-1950) is best remembered today as a science fiction writer, rather than a philosopher; since his recognition as the first winner of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award (2001) and admission to the SFWA Hall of Fame (2014), there has been a steady trickle of reviews and articles about his work. 2,192 more words


Odd John, by Olaf Stapledon

Frequently, tragic novels feature a main character who makes selfish or impractical decisions, leading to a personal disaster of some sort. Along the way, readers are often challenged to decide between their feelings of compassion or contempt toward that character – Flaubert’s… 1,434 more words


H G Wells: Star-Begotten

Another book bought twenty years ago and not yet read… and I can see why. Just a bit of tidying-up in my SF collection and this pot-boiler from late in the writer’s career can definitely go. 528 more words

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Librarian's Choice: Sci Fi

This blog comes from Liam, an assistant community librarian based in the east of Leeds.

Sci-fi has been unfairly maligned within the literary community for many decades, mainly by folk who believe literature equals being beaten around the head with a 19th Century thesaurus. 1,701 more words


10.15-11.45 — Science Fiction Contexts — Powell Lecture Theatre/Pg09

Dr Boyarkina Iren (University of Rome Tor Vergata) “The Destiny of Life and Mind in the Universe in the Works by Arthur Clarke and Olaf Stapledon” 1,021 more words