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Olaf Stapledon (b. May 10, 1886, d. September 6, 1950)
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1935. Odd John

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Stapledon, Olaf. 'Odd John', hardcover published in 1978 with dustjacket as a reprint from the 1935 original. Published by Eyre Methuen, 192 pages, ISBN 0413329003. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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  • Odd John [top]
    First published in 1935 in the USA by Dover Publications, Inc.
    First published in 1935 in Great Britain by Methuen
    Reprinted in 1978 in Great Britain by Eyre Methuen Ltd, London, EC4P 4EE, in hardback, 192pp, 0413329003

Story: When John was a year old, he looked almost like a normal new-born infant, save that his eyes were shut. At eighteen months he opened them; and it was as though a sleeping city had suddenly leapt into life. Formidable eyes they were for a baby, eyes seen under a magnifying glass, each great pupil like the mouth of a cave, the iris a mere rim, an edging of bright emerald. Strange how two black holes can gleam with life! It was shortly after his eyes had opened that Pax began to call her strange son "Odd John". Odd John is the story of an extraordinary being, who is possessed of great wisdom and oppressed by his contacts with mere ordinary mortals. With the aid of his telepathic gifts, he searches out other examples of his own kind.-Homines Superiores-and attempts to set up a colony with them.
What develops, and the difficulties faced by the Superhumans, is an original and intensely interesting story that is now rightly regarded as an SF classic

 



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