Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good Old Books Science Fiction - Olaf Stapledon

Never heard of him, right? And with a name like Olaf Stapledon you wouldn't get him confused with someone else. Yet his short novels Odd John and Sirius introduced thoughtful, complex examinations of two of science fiction's beloved characters: intellectual supermen, and dogs chockful of artificially-induced intelligence. The books delve into the emotional impact on these beings who find they are essentially one-of-a-kind, and how they cope with the isolation. Not exactly people running around in spaceships. But very engaging books, well worth the read. They are published in one volume - short enough you can read one and have time to think about it before you read the other. Convenient!

Odd John & Sirius; two science-fiction novels

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