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Death Into Life
Methuen & Co. Ltd., London 1946 - FIRST EDITION. Full orange cloth hard cover in outstanding condition with navy lettering on spine. Dust Jacket is Near new with some corner wear and a quarter inch closed tear the the spine. The jacket is NOT price-clipped. Now brodart protected. Interior of the book is in excellent shape. Pages are neat, clean, and prestine. 159 pages. William Olaf Stapledon (May 10, 1886 – September 6, 1950) was a British philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction. His work directly influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Stanisaw Lem, C.S. Lewis and John Maynard Smith and indirectly influenced countless others, contributing so many ideas to the world of science-fiction (most of them inspired by his readings in philosophy) that they are too numerous to list. Although his work predated the appearance of the word "transhuman" in 1966, both the transhuman condition and the supermind (composed of many individual consciousnesses) form recurring themes in his work. Star Maker also contained the first known description of Dyson spheres. Freeman Dyson credits this novel with giving him the idea. Last and First Men also featured early descriptions of genetic engineering and terraforming. Sirius describes a dog whose intelligence is increased to the level of a human being's. His fiction often represents the strivings of some intelligence that is beaten down by an indifferent universe, and its inhabitants which, through no fault of their own, fail to comprehend these lofty yearnings. It is filled with protagonists who are tormented by the conflict between their "higher" and "lower" impulses. Last and First Men (a projected history of humanity) and Star Maker (a sketched history of the Universe) in particular were highly acclaimed by figures as diverse as J. B. Priestley, Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill. Their philosophy repelled C. S. Lewis, whose Cosmic Trilogy was written partly in response to a perceived amorality. In fact Stapledon was an agnostic who was hostile to religious institutions, but not to religious yearnings, a fact which set him at odds with H. G. Wells in their correspondence. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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