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Star Maker (1937) [Novel]
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From the back garden of suburban England in the thirties to the depths of Outer Space, this book is a sweeping study of the human condition and what it means to be human and god.

The Protagonist is never named, but we know that he is unhappy with his ordinary life and the everydayness of his family life. As he sits on the ground contemplating his own condition, he is swept into the dark depths. After a period of passive acceptance of his strange mode of travel, he urgently begins searching the skies, first for Earth, but that appears to be hopelessly lost, then for any Earth like planet but it seems that such planets are a rarity in the galaxy.

Finally, he finds a planet where the conditions are remarkably like Earth so his insubstantial being flows down to the surface where it hunts out a body it can share information with. He spends many years on this planet examining its cultures and finding them similar to those that he had left behind.

After a catastrophic war, he and his host learn how to bring his mental travelling under conscious control and head out into the galaxy where they learn that there are vast numbers of similar disembodied intelligences examining the galaxy and begin to coalesce into ever larger groups that enable the group as a whole comprehend an increasingly wider spectrum of intelligences.

Much of the book is made up as an encyclopaedia of the planets and intelligences these groups find.

Eventually the group becomes sophisticated enough to perceive the Star Maker; the Being behind the creation of the Galaxy and they realise that this is part of their purpose - to give meaning to the Star Maker and the Galaxy.

With this realisation, the Protagonist is finally returned to his own home in a London that is on the edge of a war that he had seen destroy many other civilisations.

Original title: Starmaker
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionReligionGod

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Book of Fantasy, the (1940) [Anthology]
      Authors: Lewis Carroll , Edgar Allan Poe , Rudyard Kipling , Ambrose Bierce , Ray Bradbury , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Franz Kafka , James Joyce , Mary Shelley , Leo Tolstoy , Edith Wharton , Oscar Wilde , William Butler Yeats , Voltaire , Lord Dunsany , Arthur Machen , Olaf Stapledon , J. G. Ballard , Julio Cortázar , Jorge Luis Borges , G. K. Chesterton , Thomas Carlyle , Guy de Maupassant , Francois Rabelais , Evelyn Waugh , Petronius Arbiter , Saki , B. Traven , W. W. Jacobs , Barry Perowne , Thomas Bailey Aldrich , Edward Lucas White , Ryunosuke Akutagawa , Walter de la Mare , Max Beerbohm , I. A. Ireland , May Sinclair , Jean Cocteau , Juan Manuel , Silvina Ocampo , Léon Bloy , Giovanni Papini , Adolfo Bioy Casares , Leonid Andreyev , John Aubrey , Tor Åge Bringsvaerd , Delia Ingenieros , Ah'med Ech Chiruani , Martin Buber , Arturo Cancela , Pilar de Lusarreta , Chuang Tzu , Santiago Dabove , Alexandra David-Neel , Macedonio Fernández , James George Frazer , Elena Garro , Herbert A. Giles , Leopoldo Lugones , Edwin Morgan , H. A. Murena , Niu Chiao , Carlos Peralta , Manuel Peyrou , P'u Sung Ling , W. W. Skeat , Emanuel Swedenborg , Juan Rudolfo Wilcock , Richard Wilhelm , G. Willoughby-Meade , Ts'ao Hsueh-Ch'in , Auguste Comte de Villiers de l'Isle-Adam , Wu Ch'Eng En , José Zorrilla

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Star Maker (1937)
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Language: English

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ISBN: 1857988078

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