the hypothetical successor species to Homo sapiens, having greater intellect or physical abilities and often possessing paranormal powers
‘Suppose the taste of power goes to my head, and I collar everything? I'm only Homo sapiens, not Homo superior.’ And for once I privately felt that John was perhaps not so superior after all.
Homo Superior faced the little mob of Homo Sapiens, and it was immediately evident that Homo Superior was indeed the better man.
How do you decide whether a man is an abnormally brilliant homo sapiens or a low-grade homo superior, anyway?
The old order changeth. It had to start sometime. Alexander is the first homo superior.
Homo superior, sending his children among us—to play.
The battle was to be one of homo superior versus homo sapiens plus the Dranes plus other things of unknown abilities—with the odds much in favor of the combine.
Now you see why I dared not go even farther and release—untrained and with no hope of adequate training—the true Homo superior, the transcendent man.
When the three returned to Earth, they had wondered what to call themselves. Homo superior sounded…well, too superior.
Into a being that will continue to change. Not instant homo superior, but with small steps over a long period of time.
One can see this book as a portrait of a generation that dreamed that new drugs and free sex would bring about a fresh dawn and the rise of homo superior, wandering the world of the generation before them like magical children walking through an abandoned city—through the ruins of Rome, or Athens, or New York: that the book is inhabiting and reinterpreting the myths of the people who came to be known as the hippies.
Olaf Stapledon, "Odd John"
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