Star Maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, published in 1937. The book describes a history of life in the universe, dwarfing in scale Stapledon’s previous book, Last and First Men (1930), a history of the human species over two billion years. Star Maker tackles philosophical themes such as the essence of life, of birth, decay and death, and the relationship between creation and creator. A pervading theme is that of progressive unity within and between different civilizations. Some of the elements and themes briefly discussed prefigure later fiction concerning genetic engineering and alien life forms. Arthur C. Clarke considered Star Maker to be one of the finest works of science fiction ever written.

A British philosopher and author, a pacifist who spent World War I driving an ambulance on the front lines, an agnostic who produced some of his era’s most original and deeply felt works of religious thought, and maybe Baruch Spinoza’s most influential 20th-century disciple, Stapledon became famous in his time as the author of Star Maker, an astonishing—and astonishingly forgotten—science-fiction masterpiece. Clarke was a disciple. And C.S. Lewis was so enraged by the work that he responded by writing not one book but three.

00:00:00 Introduction
00:12:38 Chapter 1
00:34:51 Chapter 2
01:02:35 Chapter 3
02:21:08 Chapter 4
02:44:20 Chapter 5
03:42:13 Chapter 6
03:57:08 Chapter 7
05:13:28 Chapter 8
05:26:20 Chapter 9
07:04:57 Chapter 10
07:29:06 Chapter 11
08:24:31 Chapter 12
08:31:57 Chapter 13
09:18:54 Chapter 14
09:28:24 Chapter 15

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