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Odd John (1936) [Novel]
by Olaf Stapledon Rating: Weighted - 9.2 / Average - 9.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Galaxy Science Fiction Novels
Part: 8

Summary :

In Odd John, a quarter-century before the debut of Stan Lee's X-Men, Olaf Stapledon invented the designation Homo superior. Goblinish, huge-headed John Wainwright, having "finished" mathematics by age five as beneath his interest (a slight that must make mathematicians roll their eyes in frustration) concentrates on becoming as near as possible a normal English boy. He is, except for his genius, his forays outside law and custom, his secret scientific experiments, and his fascinated exploration of the foibles of Homo sapiens, the well-meaning but pitiable race from which he sprung. Odd John is the story, told by his faithful biographer Fido (modeled perhaps on Stapledon himself) of John's struggle to establish himself as a being worthy of survival, and of his hunt for his own kind among a half-comprehending humanity.

Odd John is currently available in a double edition with Sirius, ISBN 0486211339.

Original title: Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionSpecies EvolutionThe Superman


  • Bad John :: all women were his playthings, all men his pawns!

Edition #1: Odd John

Odd John (1936)
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Language: English

  • "...the first superman story and still by all odds the best." Damon Knight
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Odd John (2010)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford City Press
ISBN: 9780575072244
Pages: 288

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