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Star Maker

By Olaf Stapledon

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Classic visionary SF tale of the 30's which inspired Arthur C. Clarke

One moment a man sits on a suburban hill, gazing curiously at the stars. The next, he is whirling through the firmament, and perhaps the most remarkable of all science fiction journeys has begun.

Even Stapledon's other great work, LAST AND FIRST MEN, pales in ambition next to STAR MAKER, which presents nothing less than an entire imagined history of life in the universe, encompassing billions of years.

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  • ISBN: 9781857988079
  • Publication date: 11 Nov 1999
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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John Hornor Jacobs is the author of SOUTHERN GODS, short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel, THIS DARK EARTH, from Simon & Schuster, and THE TWELVE-FINGERED BOY series of young adult novels from Carolrhoda Labs. He lives with his family in the South of America, where he is also a musician and graphic artist. Visit him at www.johnhornorjacobs.com.

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Jon Wallace is an author based in London, England. He has been a barman, postman, till jockey, actor, help-liner, pollster and charity comms bloke. His hobbies include walking pooches and listening to his wife sing her way around the flat. His debut novel, 'Barricade', is out now from Gollancz - Part 1 in the Kenstibec Trilogy. Part 2, 'Steeple', is published in 2015http://jonwallace.co/