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A Modern Magician

Auhtor: William Olaf Stapledon

Language: english
Published: 1979

Genres:

fiction,  fantasy,  short stories
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Review by Timothy B. Riley, November 2009


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Excerpts from the Book 'A Modern Magician':

... was deciding that though she was drawn to him she also disliked him. Why had she come out with him again? He was weedy and self-centered. Yet she had come. Something ...
... that had been done in America with dice. You threw the dice time after time, and you willed them to settle with the two sixes uppermost. Generally ...
... experiments on his own, guided by the findings of the researchers, but also by some of his own ideas. The power was fantastically slight, so you had ...
... key process he could best tackle. Well, the damned things kept shifting about so fast he couldn't concentrate on anyone of them for long enough. He ...
... snorted and said, It's not like you to be a coward. The taunt stung her. Indignantly she answered, Don't be ridiculous! Why should I join with you, ...
... physics. In this backwater, his naturally sour disposition became embittered. He felt he was not getting a fair chance. Inferior men were outstripping ...
... he had not sufficient theoretical knowledge of physics, nor access to the right kind of apparatus for setting up the experiment. On the biological ...
... with a physical process. The obvious explanation was that in some way the physical energy that should have crossed the gap between the points had been directed ...
... He went into the country and took up a position on a knoll, whence he could see a fairly long stretch of road. Presently a car came into ...
... work. He climbed the stairs and settled into a seat. Suddenly he noticed Helen sitting a few seats ahead with a curly-headed young man in a sportscoat. ...
... himself of it. He began drinking rather heavily. But he soon found that alcohol reduced his psychokinetic power, so he firmly broke himself of the habit. Another ...
... too? He pulled himself together and assured her that sheer sympathy for her had made him feel faint. He loved her so much. How could he help being upset ...
... put an arm round his shoulders, and kissed his hair. Suddenly he burst into tears and buried his head on her breast. She hugged him and crooned over him ...
... called morality, but a delusion, probably.) Fascination had triumphed. Presently the advancing plane's four engines hesitated, and ceased one ...
... in an agony of self-loathing. Then he started to use his technique upon himself, so that no more harm should be done. It was more difficult than he expected ...
... and most primitive. Stapledon's conception of history is based on the Hegelian Dialectic, following a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations ...
... and awareness, and ultimately argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from culturally ingrained thought and our inevitable anthropomorphism. ...
... him cannot be resolved. William Olaf Stapledon Last Men in London Last Men in London (1932) is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon. The ...
... in 1925 Stapledon was awarded a PhD in philosophy from the University of Liverpool. He wrote A Modern Theory of Ethics, which was published in 1929. However ...
... he cancelled a projected trip to Yugoslavia and returned to his home in Caldy, where he died very suddenly of a heart attack. Olaf Stapledon was cremated ...