Odd john is the definitive fictionalization of the mutated superman after a strange birth and childhood john is suddenly compelled to accept the fact that he is different what is more he has to decide what to do with his gifts. Olaf stapledons 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. Odd john was first published in 1935 and was one of the very first novels to explore the theme of the super human coining the term homo superiorits being reviewed here as part of gollancz excellent sf masterworks series written from a narrators perspective odd john is a pretty unique piece of fiction. Odd john carries a spraying canister full of a sedative gas which he uses to capture his insects in addition he has access to pitchforks and other farming implements which can be used as weapons as well as other conventional weapons such as a shotgun
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