Last and First Men [William Olaf Stapledon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future is a. Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future is a science fiction novel written in by the British author Olaf Stapledon. A work of unprecedented. Last and First Men a story of the near and far future. Olaf Stapledon. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Monday, May 25, at .

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How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. Again eons later, a great cloud enters the solar system and collides with the sun, causing it to greatly enlarge. All in all, even given that I was skimming most of the book, it was a waste of a lovely Sunday afternoon. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

We appreciate your feedback. Get to Know Us. On the Steel Breeze. Read more Read less. So you can imagine the scope of it all. It feels a bit like a cop-out on Stapledon’s part. But as we may read a history book for our edification, to increase our knowledge, this is fiction, and so it takes an effort to keep with it. Almost all of these fiirst projections seem willliam of mundane and trivial when placed next to Stapledon’s.

It is an unusual read in that there are no characters to become invested in, aspect I found refreshing, novel, but which may make it difficult for some to connect to the story.


Neither does the star system. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf, Stapledon’s works introduced such innovative concepts as genetic engineering and terraforming. This masterpiece of science fiction by British philosopher and writer Olaf Stapledon — is an imaginative, ambitious history of humanity’s future that spans billions of years.

Together with its follow-up, Star Maker, it is regarded as the standard by which all earlier and later future histories are measured. Apr 21, Charles Lor rated it really liked it. And this is what this far descendent of our time reveals: We have Martian invasion, we have our invasion of Venus, we have major genetic modifications, telepathy during other iterations, the ability to experience racial memory a-la Dune, adding multiple sexes, immortality, living in gas giants, and sometimes merely striving only to improve the human race.

Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon

The book gets far more lasf as newer generations of men develop, forming larger brains, a telepathically-linked groupmind, but ever again falling back into decay and destruction, before seeding the next generation of man, until the Eighteen Men, which turn out to be the Last Men. Some will find it dry, tedious, perhaps overly intellectual. Share your thoughts with other customers. For while they are confident that the cosmos is perfect, we staplsdon sure only that it is very beautiful.

It would be a whopping five-starrer if it wasn’t so egregiously boring at times.

Please do not follow this man’s advice. It is very good stqpledon have been man. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. There are single sentences here so epic that another author might have developed them into a whole series of novels. Most of them just project people a few hundred years forward and go about telling their story, assuming that humanity will pretty much be living as it does now, only with some fancier gadgets, or no gadgets at all assuming wil,iam been some great global disaster.

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Benford seems to feel that American readers should be spared his criticisms and jibes. Now I can’t fault Dr. There are no real spoilers to reveal, for I think we all know the ultimate fate of man has to be his inescapable downfall. At times this works a This is famously one of the classics of science fiction. Alien invasion, natural cataclysms, global warming – this book has it all. I especially enjoyed the furst of the First Men, with quite a few scary parallels to recent history.

Jan 19, Zantaeus Glom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Then it’s 1, years, still with you. In fact, even in his supposedly wrong predictions of the near future, Stapledon touched on some very true traits of human nature. From Yb, the free encyclopedia.

William Olaf Stapledon was a British philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction. Man himself, at the very least, is music, a brave theme that makes music also of its vast accompaniment, its matrix of storms and stars.

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