Olaf Stapledon (William Olaf Stapledon) Biography
(1886–1950), (William Olaf Stapledon), Last and First Men, Last Men in London, Odd John, Star Maker
British sciencefiction writer and philosopher, born in Cheshire, educated at Oxford and at Liverpool University, where he taught after the First World War. He was the most formidable figure in the field of British science fiction after H. G. Wells; though his audience was not wide, the extraordinary conceptual sweep of his fictional discourses upon future history had a powerful impact upon other writers. His five major books, Last and First Men (1930), Last Men in London (1931), Odd John (1935), Star Maker (1937), and Sirius (1944), provide blueprints for the rigorous shaping in fictional form of speculative thought about evolution, man's ethical place in the universe, cosmogony, and the nature of God. Writers as dissimilar as B. W. Aldiss, G..