''Star Maker'' is a 1937 ScienceFiction novel by Creator/OlafStapledon, and a sequel of sorts to ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen''. When he decided that the former book -- which chronicled the entire (future) history of humankind -- had not been nearly ambitious enough, Stapledon followed it up with a history of the entire universe, culminating in a brief glimpse into the nature and history of God himself (the titular Star Maker).
Like ''Literature/LastAndFirstMen'', the story's viewpoint grows broader and broader as it progresses, though this time it is a broadness not only of time but of space. After examining several individual alien societies in some detail, the book's perspective gradually pulls back from a planetary to a galactic scale, then to a universal scale, and finally to a viewpoint that encompasses the Star Maker himself and all of his various created universes.
Also like its predecessor, it's told through the framing device of a man (Stapledon himself, presumably) being given this "guided tour" of reality telepathically by advanced beings from the future.
!! This novel provides examples of:
* AlienGeometries: [[spoiler: Not all of the Star Maker's creations are Euclidean. There are even some that are made of sound, some have time but lack space.]]
* ArtEvolution: [[spoiler: The Star Maker's motivation to create a new universe after he is done with the previous one.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[spoiler: The stars, as well as the Star Maker.]]
* DysonSphere: The actual origin of the concept (Dyson himself said they should have been called "Stapledon spheres"), though it's mentioned only briefly.
* GeniusLoci: Later space civilizations eventually create sentient planets.
* GodIsEvil: [[spoiler:Or at least remarkably callous toward the suffering of his creations.]]
* HeavyWorlder: The beings designed to inhabit the white dwarfs, after there are few "living" stars left.
* HiveMind: several of the species the author visits have this. A single specimen is just an animal, but a shared consciousness of a swarm is an equivalent of an individual.
* HollowWorld: The artificial planets as well as all the "dead" stars eventually.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: [[Literature/LastAndFirstMen The entire history of humanity from the first to the last men]] leaves absolutely no impact on the history of the galaxy, let alone the universe.
* MentalFusion[=/=]AssimilationPlot: A simbiotic race eventually replaces physical simbiosis with a mental one. Later civilizations have species-wide telepathy that grants them a shared consciousness. [[spoiler: This later spreads to most of the universe.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Having become a part of the multigalactic overmind, the protagonist remains unaffected by the suffering of civilizations and individual beings, reasoning that their suffering ultimately serves a higher purpose. Yet he is horrified to find out that the Star Maker himself is just as indifferent to his own suffering for the very same reason.]]
* StarfishAliens: Literally. The Echinoderms are intelligent beings that evolved from a starfish-like creature. In general, the book describes a great many very bizarre life forms, including [[spoiler:intelligent stars and nebulae]].
* TheMultiverse: [[spoiler: Some of the Star Maker's later creations consist of more than one universe.]]
* TheEmpire: What some of the advanced civilizations end up as.
* TheFederation: What the other civilizations become.