John Wainwright Is A Freak A Human Mutation With An Extraordinary Intelligence Which Is Both Awesome And Frightening To All Who Come Into Contact With Him Ordinary Humans Were Just Playthings To John Subjects For An Endless Chain Of Experiments Their Feelings, And Sometimes Even Their Lives, Are ExpendableOdd John Has A Plan To Create A New Order On Earth, A New Supernormal Species But The World Is Not Ready For Such A Change


10 thoughts on “Odd John

  1. Nickolas the Kid Nickolas the Kid says:

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  2. Manny Manny says:

    Not your run of the mill superhero story, which may have had something to do with the fact that Stapledon wasn t a typical person to be writing a superhero story in the first place he was a Professor of Philosophy, and apparently a friend of both Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill It has always surprised me that this book isn t better known.Most superhero scenarios, starting with Superman, take it for granted that the guy will spend most of his time acting as a kind of elite first responder Not your run of the mill superhero story, which may have had something to do with the fact that Stapledon wasn t a typical person to be writing a superhero story in the first place he was a Professor of Philosophy, and apparently a friend of both Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill It has always surprised me that this book isn t better known.Most superhero scenarios, starting with Superman, take it for granted that the guy will spend most of his time acting as a kind of elite first responder service, cleaning up or preventing thechallenging train crashes, armed robberies, eart...


  3. nks nks says:

    Source of my current favorite quote A nation, after all, is just a society for hating foreigners Very much on point lately.Interesting book The strangest thing about it being that I couldn t figure out why I wanted to keep reading it It is a mostly philosophical tome about an evolved human homo superior who is kind of an ass Yet it was a very smooth read, in that vein of an intellectual white man tells the world about a thing he observed toned stories And shit, Stapledon so called WWII Source of my current favorite quote A n...


  4. Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler says:

    Olaf Stapledon s Odd John is an odd book It is science fiction in its loftiest form a novel of ideas.Stapledon uses this tale of a youth who is an example of a new superior species emerging from conventional humanity as a way to examine the human condition from the outside John s account to the narrator of the failings of our species and why we are, he feels, doomed to self destruction really cut to the quick And the fact that John operates according to moral principles so very different fr Olaf Stapledon s Odd John is an odd book It is science fiction in its loftiest form a novel of ideas.Stapledon uses this tale of a youth who is an example of a new superior species emerging from conventional humanity as a way to examine the human condition from the outside John s account to the narrator of the failings of our species and why we are, he feels, doomed to self destruction really cut to the quick And the fact that John operates according...


  5. Gary Gary says:

    another one that I read many times when I was young fond, vague impressions lingerI had never heard of Olaf Stapledon before and I never heard of him again until I bought The Great Courses How Science Fiction Works, and there he was again I had remembered his name and this one book, Odd John, for decades Now I want to read it again, just to see why I kept some part of it with me for all that time On a related subject, I do believe there must be others like me who read many favorite books another one that I read many times when I was young fond, vague impressions lingerI had never heard of Olaf Stapledon before and I never heard of him again until I bought The Great Courses How Science Fiction Works, and there he was again I had remembered his name and this one book, Odd John, for decades Now I want to read it again, just to see why I kept some part of it with me for all that time On a related subject, I do believe there must be others like me who read many favorite books again, or even many times I think that is a good thing to do, and I wish it counted toward how many books we have read on our lists here I read Heart of Darkness fifty times Elements of Style twenty five The Jo...


  6. Steve Joyce Steve Joyce says:

    Odd John is a proverbial feast for thought and is filled with many an intelligent nuance In exploring what it is to be super human, Stapledon holds a mirror up to what it is to be just merely human.Odd John has several shocking moments and is clearly aimed at an adult audience I haven t researched the topic but I can t help but think that certain passages caused it to be received as controversial for the time or even caused it to be censured or downright banned in some quarters.In writing ab Odd John is a proverbial feast for thought and is filled with many an intelligent nuance In exploring what it is to be super human, Stapledon holds a mirror up to what it is to be just merely human.Odd John has several shocking moments and is clearly aimed at an adult audience I haven t researched the topic but I can t help but think that certain passages caused it to be r...


  7. Rebecca Jones Rebecca Jones says:

    I read this first in grade school While no genius is struck a chord with my lonely childhood and made me think I also started writing a book with this tale as a role model for it Such has this book impacted my life I cannot recall how many times I read this book Despite all my moves I still have that very book, though now tattered It has been years since I have donethen pick up the book from my shelf and read it I almost fear it would no longer be relevant or deep to me Or maybe th I read this first in grade school While no genius is struck a chord with my lonely childhood and made me think I also started writing a book with this tale as a role model for it Such has this book impacted my life I cannot recall how many ...


  8. David Coker (Gentry) David Coker (Gentry) says:

    I first learned of this book because it inspired some of the lyrics to David Bowies song All You Pretty Things It is the story of a child prodigy who ishighly evolved than ordinary human beings He is hyper intell...


  9. Andrew Pritchard Andrew Pritchard says:

    A bit of a slow read with a rather outdated writing style, but a number of ideas and concepts well ahead of the time.


  10. Mark Mark says:

    Here is, reissued, one of those SF tales that was of a type so common around the 1940 s and 50 s except that this one set the mould in 1935 Though short, it challenges the reader, and leaves you much to think about afterwards.Odd John is a tale of a superman John Wainwright, an Englishman who claims...