Odd John

Olaf Stapledon
Odd John Cover

Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest


This book was first published in 1935. It has aged remarkably well. It reminded me somewhat of Theodore Sturgeon's "More Than Human" which was written nearly twenty years later. It's about the next stage of human development, homo superior. The "superman" concept has some similarities to the works of Nietzsche. Though I've never read Nietzsche, I am a little familiar with his ideas. It tackles the concept of the morality of the superman with respect to the normal homo sapiens. I liked the book, finding it generally readable, although much of it is, like a lot of early science fiction, about ideas rather than a real plot.

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