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Olaf Stapledon

Date de naissance: 10. mai 1886
Date de décès: 6. septembre 1950

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William Olaf Stapledon, né le 10 mai 1886 près de Liverpool et décédé le 6 septembre 1950 dans le Merseyside, est un philosophe anglais et un auteur de romans de science-fiction visionnaire ayant esquissé nombre des thèmes classiques explorés par la science-fiction du XXe siècle.

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Citations Olaf Stapledon

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„Throughout man's career intelligence and charity have been man's distinctive and most valuable assets.“

— Olaf Stapledon
Context: Throughout man's career intelligence and charity have been man's distinctive and most valuable assets. One of our early pre-human ancestors is said to have been much like the Spectral Tarsier, a little mammal about the size of a mouse, with long wiry fingers and huge forward-looking eyes adapted for binocular vision. Not by weapons but by correlation of subtle eyes and subtle hands through subtle brain, this creature triumphed. And man himself conquered the world by the same means, by attention, by discrimination, by skilled manipulation, by versatility; in fact by intelligence and imagination in adapting himself to an ever-changing environment.

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„Since then two experiences have dominated me: philosophy, and the tragic disorder of our whole terrestrial hive.“

— Olaf Stapledon
Context: My childhood, which lasted some twenty-five years, was moulded chiefly by the Suez Canal, Abbotsholme, and Balliol. Since those days I have attempted several careers, in each case escaping before the otherwise inevitable disaster. First, as a schoolmaster, I swotted up Bible stories on the eve of the scripture lesson. Then, in a Liverpool shipping office, I spoiled bills of lading, and in Port Said I innocently let skippers have more coal than they needed. Next I determined to create an Educated Democracy. Workington miners, Barrow riveters, Crewe railway-men, gave me a better education than I could give them. Since then two experiences have dominated me: philosophy, and the tragic disorder of our whole terrestrial hive. After a belated attack on academic philosophy, I wrote a couple of books on philosophical subjects and several works of fantastic fiction dealing with the career of mankind. One of them, Last and First Men, is in this series. Introduction

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