Olaf Stapledon 1886—1950

Olaf Stapledon

William Olaf Stapledon was a British philosopher and author of science fiction. His fiction often presents the strivings of some intelligence that is beaten down by an indifferent universe and its inhabitants who, through no fault of their own, fail to comprehend its lofty yearnings. It is filled with protagonists who are tormented by the conflict between their “higher” and “lower” impulses.

Stapledon’s writings directly influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, C. S. Lewis, among others, and indirectly influenced many others, contributing many ideas to the world of science fiction.

In 2014, he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

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Last And First Men (1930)

A work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years and eighteen distinct...read more »