Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon

Are you familiar with the inspirational feeling of suddenly meeting a like-minded soul?
starmakerAfter I started reading this book, in many respects it felt like reading my own reflections set to words, an embodiment of my own thoughts on life and Universe, on a link between spiritual and intellectual.
I’ve never heard of this book prior to that, and as much as I was amazed to discover this, I was astonished ever more to know that by and large, it never got the publicity it deserved, despite being published in 1937.

But it did gain a good repute among the right people, it was praised by HG Wells, Jorge Luis Borges, Arthur C.Clarke, Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, it inspired American physicist Freeman Dyson who based his concept of Dyson spheres upon Star Maker.

Still, the book’s ideas and reflections that could be very beneficial to the development of individual self-cognition seem to have passed unnoticed by the larger part of mankind so far.

If all this bulk of words was not enough to get my point across, Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon is highly recommended to those fans of sci-fi who like to unleash their mind and let it wander off deep into space and time.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014

Take a look at the Royal Greenwich Observatory’s 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition winning works.

The stunning imagery makes us rethink our own role in the Universe, providing anthropocentrism with a nice little kick right in the nuts.

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Milky Way and thousands of stars. 2011 Winner in “People and Space” category. © Jeffrey Sullivan

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