Odd John: A Story between Jest and Earnest (The Masterpieces of Science Fiction)

By: Stapledon, Olaf; Bester, Alfred

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Book Condition: Near Fine

Publisher's insert laid in. 1987 Full-Leather. 157, [7] pp. 8vo. Dark green full leather, gilt titles and decorations, all edges gilt, decorated endpapers, ribbon marker bound in. 1987 reissue of the 1935 science fiction novel, which focuses on Friedrich Nietzsche's idea of the Ubermensch. Introduction by Alfred Bester, color frontispiece and black-and-white illustrations by Wendy Snow-Lang. Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest by William Olaf Stapledon Odd John: A Story between Jest and Earnest is a 1935 science fiction novel by the British author Olaf Stapledon. The novel explores the theme of the √úbermensch (superman) in the character of John Wainwright, whose supernormal human mentality inevitably leads to conflict with normal human society and to the destruction of the utopian colony founded by John and other superhumans. John is extremely intelligent, even if he is retarded in his physical development. Like Stapledon himself, he believes in communist ideas, but is critical of mainstream Marxism. He is also quite vain and highly skilful in arts of seduction. From a human viewpoint, he can be considered amoral, or perhaps following a morality beyond human understanding.

Title: Odd John: A Story between Jest and Earnest (The Masterpieces of Science Fiction)

Author: Stapledon, Olaf; Bester, Alfred

Illustrator: Snow-Lang, Wendy

Categories: SF, Utopian & Dystopian, Leather-Bound, Easton Press,

Publisher: The Easton Press: 1987

Binding: Full-Leather

Book Condition: Near Fine

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Seller ID: 2277189