Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) was born near Liverpool and educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Liverpool University. After spending eighteen months working in a shipping office in Liverpool and Port Said, he lectured extramurally for Liverpool University in English Literature and industrial history. He served in France from 1915 until 1919 with the Friends Ambulance Unit and then lectured again for Liverpool University in psychology and philosophy. His novels include First and Last Men, Last Men in London, Star Maker and Odd John.
Olaf Stapledon was born in 1886 and died in 1950.
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Humankind Seen by a Super Dog. Translation to Spanish . Apr 10, 2005
Minotauro is an old and prestigious sci-fi collection that made available to Spanish speaking public many genre classic as Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles", Wyndham's "The Day of the Triffids" or Sturgeon's "More Than Human". The editorial house has recently re-edited in a smaller and modern pocket-book format most of the titles available.
Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) was the generational link between H. G. Wells (with whom he corresponded) and more recent British sci-fi authors as Arthur C. Clark (who recognizes Stapledon's influence on his "Childhood's End"). Born in England, spent his infancy at Port Said. He was a conscientious-objector but served as ambulance driver in WWI. In 1925 he was awarded with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and this is clearly perceptible in his novels. He had a powerful imagination and humanistic, scientific and philosophical interests that he poured in his four major opus: "Last an First Men" (1930), "Odd John" (1935), "Star Maker" (1937) and "Sirius" (1944).
The present story follows the life and deeds of a Super Dog. He is the product of a biological experiment and was gifted with a human equivalent intelligence. He is raised as a step-son in his creator's family and develops a very intimate relation with Plaxy the younger daughter of Dr. Thomas Trelone. Sirius' career comprises being a super sheepdog, wild wolf, laboratory subject, farmer and investigator. There is one central issue that traverses the whole narration: Sirius' uniqueness and solitude. He is a Dog in Man's universe, a Wolf in Monkey-land. He goes from alert inquisitiveness to deep dark depression and back. A melancholic air is always present until the unavoidable tragic ending.
It is thought provoking book, even if not as dynamic as may be expected from sci-fi novel, it will captivate the reader's interest. Reviewed by Max Yofre.