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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Last, there’s a good touch of philosophy inside, too.

The scope and imagination of this book are unlike anything else I’ve read. Works by Olaf Stapledon. It’s not without emotion, either. This is truly an astounding novel, which ambition is to tell the story of mankind from the near future to the end of our species, some two billion years into the future.

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There’s something in there for everyone and it’s surprising to me that it’s not part of mass culture, but this surprise makes me all the more grateful that I got the chance to discover it. From the present to five billion years into the future, this romance of humanity abounds in profound and imaginative thought.

Aug 07, Edward Scott rated it really liked it. A Story of the near and far future. I wasn’t aware when I bought the ‘Millennium Edition’ that the entire section on the First Men- Stapledon’s prediction of human society’s development between and the eventual collapse into worldwide barbarism- had been completely rewritten to make it ‘easier’ for modern readers to digest without excessive disbelief.


Having said all that, this novel can be dull. Feb 21, David rated it really liked it Shelves: About the Author A preeminent figure of British science fiction, Olaf Stapledon wrote several influential novels. Man himself in znd degree is eternally a beauty in the eternal form of things. The first American edition of this book, by SF Masterworks, opens with a regrettable foreword by Gregory Benford, in which he nonchalantly remarks: There were days where I didn’t feel I had the mental capacity to fully get what was written and move forward.

It’s dry, but interesting, varyingly. It’s very, very dry. Lovecraft held the book in very high regard though he did not say whether it influenced any of his own storiessaying in a letter to Fritz Leiber [5] “no one ought to miss reading W.

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The Rise and Fall of D. However, despite that crticism, this is a book that I strongly recommend to all fans of science fiction as many of the ideas and concepts found in modern science fiction found their first true expression in this amazing futrue history.

This masterpiece of science fiction by British philosopher and writer ,ast Stapledon — is an imaginative, ambitious history of humanity’s future that spans billions of years.


Language French German Italian Spanish. A work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years [1] and eighteen distinct human speciesof which our own is the first. Wells so thoroughly bores his readers with, only here it is done with much greater success.

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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. The Garden of Eden. It’s an ode to the cosmos despite not knowing what the hell it is. Add to a list.

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Books by Olaf Stapledon. A Story Between Jest and Earnest. And what is beauty?

Each civilization, each human species of Man, is beset by the same tragic cycle of ola and decay, where the nature of the collapse is baked into the nature of the species itself. The Lathe of Heaven. 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.