Colin Wilson The Philosopher's Stone

ISBN 13: 9781939140166

The Philosopher's Stone

3.95 avg rating
( 463 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781939140166: The Philosopher's Stone
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

'An important literary achievement.' - Library Journal

'Colin Wilson has a narrative style that can make the pursuit of any idea seem like exciting detective work.' - The Times

'Colin Wilson's best novel to date.' - The Spectator

Howard Lester, a young scientist, becomes obsessed with the problem of death and begins a series of unconventional experiments aimed at increasing human longevity. In the course of their research, Lester and his friend Sir Henry Littleway make a startling discovery: a simple and harmless operation on the brain's prefrontal cortex results in vastly expanded consciousness and mental powers. After undergoing the procedure themselves, Lester and Littleway develop remarkable abilities, including 'time vision', a means of seeing backwards into time. They begin by looking at the relatively recent past-the eighteenth century and Shakespeare's England. But they soon find they can see much further back, to the days of Stonehenge and the Mayans, and even earlier. . . . But as they get closer to uncovering the beginnings of human existence, they make a terrifying discovery: something ancient and immensely powerful, long asleep, has been awakened by their activities, and is determined to stop them at all costs. . . .

In The Strength to Dream (1962), Colin Wilson had criticized the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the American writer of weird tales, which led to Lovecraft's publisher August Derleth daring Wilson to write one better. This novel, The Philosopher's Stone (1969), was the result, a fascinating blend of science fiction, horror, and philosophy, told within the framework of Lovecraft's mythos. This edition is newly typeset from the first British edition and features a new introduction by Wilson scholar and bibliographer Colin Stanley.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Wilson probably has earned a reputation more as a scholar and biographer than as a novelist; but this novel, originally published in 1969 and here rescued from obscurity by new-age publisher Jeremy P. Tarcher, proves that he possesses significant skills in the area of fiction as well. Wilson weaves a great deal of speculation into the meaning of human existence and the future of the species into the plot; so much so that the book at times seems as much a work of philosophy as of fiction. The story centers on the experiences of Howard Lester, an enterprising young intellectual whose work with fellow researcher Henry Littleway leads to the discovery that implanting a minute bit of a metallic alloy into the prefrontal cortex of the brain can introduce a higher state of conciousness. (As in the case with Carlos Castaneda in his thematically-similar Don Juan chronicles, the researchers later discover that the artificial catalyst is not necessary, but rather a convenient means to overcome years of conditioning). Lester and Littleway perform the operation upon themselves and proceed to refine their new skills until they are able to employ a sort of "time visioif 'that allows them to tap into racial memories. With this knowledge comes the realization that there are shadowy periods in our species' past that have been kept hidden from us by more powerful beings. Lester relates his moment of insight: "I knew with certainty that there is something in the world's prehistory that cannot be found in any of the books on the past. And it was obscurely connected with [a] sense of evil...." In the course of discovering how the Eardi-and mankind-truly evolved, this intriguing tale touches upon everything from Mayan civilization to Abraham Maslow to H.P. Lovecraft's elder Gods. -- From Independent Publisher

From Library Journal:

Purveyor of the occult, Wilson almost yearly produces fiction and nonfiction works that achieve popular if not critical success. This novel was first published here in 1971; it is being reissued, with a foreward by Joyce Carol Oates, as part of a series that makes available out-of-print classics in spirituality. "The last third . . . is disappointingly wasted on mere occultism, but the first part is an important literary achievement" ( LJ
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 16.99
US$ 20.40

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780446894425: The Philosopher Stone

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0446894427 ISBN 13:  9780446894425
Publisher: Warner Books, 1977
Softcover

9780874775099: The Philosopher's Stone

Jeremy..., 1989
Softcover

9780213177904: The philosopher's stone

Barker, 1969
Hardcover

9780914728283: The Philosopher's Stone

Bookpe..., 1979
Softcover

9780446330305: The Philosophers Stone

Grand ..., 1977
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Student Colin Wilson
Published by Valancourt Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. An important literary achievement. - Library Journal Colin Wilson has a narrative style that can make the pursuit of any idea seem like exciting detective work. - The Times Colin Wilson s best novel to date. - The Spectator Howard Lester, a young scientist, becomes obsessed with the problem of death and begins a series of unconventional experiments aimed at increasing human longevity. In the course of their research, Lester and his friend Sir Henry Littleway make a startling discovery: a simple and harmless operation on the brain s prefrontal cortex results in vastly expanded consciousness and mental powers. After undergoing the procedure themselves, Lester and Littleway develop remarkable abilities, including time vision , a means of seeing backwards into time. They begin by looking at the relatively recent past-the eighteenth century and Shakespeare s England. But they soon find they can see much further back, to the days of Stonehenge and the Mayans, and even earlier. . . . But as they get closer to uncovering the beginnings of human existence, they make a terrifying discovery: something ancient and immensely powerful, long asleep, has been awakened by their activities, and is determined to stop them at all costs. . . . In The Strength to Dream (1962), Colin Wilson had criticized the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the American writer of weird tales, which led to Lovecraft s publisher August Derleth daring Wilson to write one better. This novel, The Philosopher s Stone (1969), was the result, a fascinating blend of science fiction, horror, and philosophy, told within the framework of Lovecraft s mythos. This edition is newly typeset from the first British edition and features a new introduction by Wilson scholar and bibliographer Colin Stanley. Seller Inventory # AAV9781939140166

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.40
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Student Colin Wilson
Published by Valancourt Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. An important literary achievement. - Library Journal Colin Wilson has a narrative style that can make the pursuit of any idea seem like exciting detective work. - The Times Colin Wilson s best novel to date. - The Spectator Howard Lester, a young scientist, becomes obsessed with the problem of death and begins a series of unconventional experiments aimed at increasing human longevity. In the course of their research, Lester and his friend Sir Henry Littleway make a startling discovery: a simple and harmless operation on the brain s prefrontal cortex results in vastly expanded consciousness and mental powers. After undergoing the procedure themselves, Lester and Littleway develop remarkable abilities, including time vision , a means of seeing backwards into time. They begin by looking at the relatively recent past-the eighteenth century and Shakespeare s England. But they soon find they can see much further back, to the days of Stonehenge and the Mayans, and even earlier. . . . But as they get closer to uncovering the beginnings of human existence, they make a terrifying discovery: something ancient and immensely powerful, long asleep, has been awakened by their activities, and is determined to stop them at all costs. . . . In The Strength to Dream (1962), Colin Wilson had criticized the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the American writer of weird tales, which led to Lovecraft s publisher August Derleth daring Wilson to write one better. This novel, The Philosopher s Stone (1969), was the result, a fascinating blend of science fiction, horror, and philosophy, told within the framework of Lovecraft s mythos. This edition is newly typeset from the first British edition and features a new introduction by Wilson scholar and bibliographer Colin Stanley. Seller Inventory # AAV9781939140166

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.55
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Wilson, Colin
Published by Valancourt Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books, 2013. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9781939140166

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Wilson, Colin
Published by Valancourt Books 2/26/2013 (2013)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books 2/26/2013, 2013. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Philosopher's Stone. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781939140166

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Wilson, Colin; Stanley, Colin [Introduction]
Published by Valancourt Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # INGM9781939140166

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Wilson, Colin
Published by Valancourt Books (2018)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 1939140161

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Colin Wilson
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
ReadWhiz
(Portland, OR, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # ria9781939140166_ing

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Wilson, Colin
Published by Valancourt Books (2016)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9781939140166_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.08
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Colin Wilson
Published by Valancourt Books
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books. Paperback. Condition: New. 290 pages. Dimensions: 8.4in. x 5.5in. x 0.8in.An important literary achievement. - Library Journal Colin Wilson has a narrative style that can make the pursuit of any idea seem like exciting detective work. - The Times Colin Wilsons best novel to date. - The Spectator Howard Lester, a young scientist, becomes obsessed with the problem of death and begins a series of unconventional experiments aimed at increasing human longevity. In the course of their research, Lester and his friend Sir Henry Littleway make a startling discovery: a simple and harmless operation on the brains prefrontal cortex results in vastly expanded consciousness and mental powers. After undergoing the procedure themselves, Lester and Littleway develop remarkable abilities, including time vision, a means of seeing backwards into time. They begin by looking at the relatively recent past-the eighteenth century and Shakespeares England. But they soon find they can see much further back, to the days of Stonehenge and the Mayans, and even earlier. . . . But as they get closer to uncovering the beginnings of human existence, they make a terrifying discovery: something ancient and immensely powerful, long asleep, has been awakened by their activities, and is determined to stop them at all costs. . . . In The Strength to Dream (1962), Colin Wilson had criticized the works of H. P. Lovecraft, the American writer of weird tales, which led to Lovecrafts publisher August Derleth daring Wilson to write one better. This novel, The Philosophers Stone (1969), was the result, a fascinating blend of science fiction, horror, and philosophy, told within the framework of Lovecrafts mythos. This edition is newly typeset from the first British edition and features a new introduction by Wilson scholar and bibliographer Colin Stanley. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781939140166

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.96
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Colin Wilson
Published by Valancourt Books (2013)
ISBN 10: 1939140161 ISBN 13: 9781939140166
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Valancourt Books, 2013. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Seller Inventory # GM9781939140166

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.37
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.23
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book