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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From the same author. Where’s that sixth star when you need it? Part of the point of buying older books and reading older predictions is seeing what the authors of the past thought would shape the world of the future.

There is no standard plot. Sometimes it helps to just stop reading for a while, sit back and imagine the sort of scenes for yourself that Stapledon couldn’t write about, given the nature of the book.

So, as long as you go into this one knowing what you’ll be reading, you ought not to be disappointed. I would love to see an edition of this book illuminated in the way that Blake did his works.

In my version of the book the foreword by Gregory Benford actually recommends not reading the first chapters because of their factual errors. I once again am made aware of how immersed I am in my own experience, in the reality I think of as absolute truth, that I am stunted any time I try to imagine otherwise.


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Customers who bought this item also bought. 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. Retrieved 25 March Clarke, who indicated that this book and its later successor Star Maker were the two most influential books he had ever read. I bought this book because I was interested in Stapledon’s depiction of the possible future of humanity.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Not madly long, bu Ive been a fan of scifi for a long while now – I read practically everything but scifi is my greatest joy when written well and this one turned out to be the grandfather of them all! I’m surprised this book isn’t a worldwide, timeless success, given its scope.

A love for life seeps from its pages, rooted in common sense but also in the romantic. It evolves through the ages: Clarke, who indicated that this book and its later successor Star Maker were the two most influential books he had eve Last and First Men: Odd John and Sirius.

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The Rise and Fall of D. See if you have enough points for this item. It describes the rise and fall of eighteen successive human species.

A Fantasy of Love and Discord. I wonder what his other novels are like.

Become a fan on Facebook. All the while both evolution and revolution promote different branches of the human family and in time antennae, fingers and fins will all stretch out towards the light of the sun before succumbing firsy again to the evolutionary night.


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The striving to be better, more intelligent, the race ,ast cheat death and discover immortality, the deep need for exploration. Written inLast and First Men is unique in my experience of reading science fiction.

Selected pages Title Page. And this is what this far descendent of our time reveals: He and I have something wjlliam common: That is, it reads more like a textbook than a novel. Seems more anx a worthy experiment to me; I’m almost surprised it got published, but if Ole Olaf had given me this manuscript to read back in his day, I would certainly have devoured it and then praised his visionary imagination to the heavens.

I can’t fairly comment on the plot, since there isn’t any that I can discern.

I suspect that not all readers will like these answers, but I found them to be compelling and fascinating possibilities. Odd John and Sirius. Its scope is dizzying—and despite a somewhat disproportionate acceleration of the tempo toward the end, and a few scientific inferences which might legitimately be challenged, it remains a thing of unparalleled power.

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It was first published inat the dawn of sci-fi’s Golden Age, stpledon the ideas expressed all the more impressive and important. Jan 19, Zantaeus Glom rated it it was amazing Shelves: