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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Man eventually destroys the Martians. In the end, all humans were selfish and cruel, they were great in their achievements by working as a collective, they were astoundingly short-sighted in the way they treat each other, they were capable of grand plans spanning thousands of years.

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Across eighteen different human species and two billion years, Stapledon tells the tale of mankind, starting around the s. I think it takes away the magic.

Be patient and give yourself llast time to find the right moment to read it. Written inLast and First Men is unique in my experience of reading science fiction. There’s a deep an abiding love for everyone here even as a whole race suffers deep ennui and an existential crisis or during others that suffer impossible odds, accidents, or the final death of stapledoj solar system.

Characters discuss the novel in H. It’s more than anything I know, and categorizing it is a mistake.

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Stapleedon, there’s a good touch of philosophy inside, too. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. In my version of lzst book the foreword by Gregory Benford actually recommends not reading the first chapters because of their factual errors.


There are some errors in Stapledon’s science, s One of my favorite books, but definitely not for everybody, Last and First Men is a future history that reads like one. The time-scale accelerates as the book progresses, so that willuam chapters cover centuries and then millennia in a matter of pages. There are some errors in Stapledon’s science, some of which reflect on the fact that he was not a scientist. The very last part is perhaps the most beautiful and moving: Last and First Men: But I do like the few real masterpieces in the field—certain of H.

Showing of reviews. Stapledon tells you the story of the human race, starting now and ending with its demise, well over a billion years in the future.

Lewis in his own preface to That Hideous Strengthnotes: Filled with concepts and ideas that will resonate with anyone who has fiirst read a scifi book, this masterpiece is overflowing with science, religion, evolution, faith, humanity, philosophy, race, places, cultures, societies and life itself in ways I had never thought possible – much less in a package this compact!

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Some of the images are impossible to forget. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Even then, the journey is rather incredible, and should be made, if only to pay homage to the astounding work that was put into this book, and appreciate the inventivity and thought that mostly graces its pages.

Just setting and world-building and vast movements of so many people. This book is about humanity’s quest to overcome its base passions and become pure mind. So, all in all, I would highly recommend this book, as its scope is rivalled perhaps only by Stapledon’s other great work ‘Star Maker’ so I’ve heard. The Black Tides of Heaven. However, it has been thoroughly pillaged by other writers since then, and its themes and tropes are now the everyday stuff of SF.

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To the Stars — and Beyond: Remarkable book, filled with enough ideas to generate hundreds of SF novels, which it probably has.

That it will imperfectly shape expectations of anyone reading this review, that it will put so much emphasis on my experience of it so that it doesn’t leave room for you, the reader, to form an opinion that completely disregards what might be perceived as the opinion of a wide-eyed fanatic.

The book stimulates your imagination in an unusual way though, in that Stapledon does try pretty hard to describe what things must have been like for people living in the various far-flung futures of Earth and other worlds. Yet it wasn’t ideal. Two Science Fiction Novels. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? I had never even heard of Stapledon or this book before I came across it in my favourite book store and had the good luck of not reading it for months but decided last minute to take it on a recent vacation with me, where I was able to give it due time – and believe me this is a book that needs it.

This reads like a textbook for some far future civilisation, the descendants of humankind. In a world where everything has to be or go fast, this book asks that you flip the switch in stapledin mind, slow down, and focus.

Stapledon could not have written this book in any other way, if he wanted to keep its idea in tact.