Odd John, by Stapledon, Olaf

Superman stories have always been important in speculative literature. They are often tales of human potential – either the potential of mankind as it exists now to deal with contemporary problems, or the potential of our genome to evolve new attributes and abilities to deal with changing environments. What is often most interesting about these stories is not that they are usually predicated on some unforeseen and radical jump or transformation in biology that results in a being that is drast[…]

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