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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One of my favorite books, but definitely not for everybody, Last and First Men is a future history that reads like one.

It amused me how close he came to the truth in his projections of the “near future” in some areas and how far off the mark he was in others. Language French German Italian Spanish. Don’t skip anything in this book, or at least not anything Stapledon has written.

Clarke put his finger on quite a number of bright thoughts. Works by Olaf Stapledon. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who mysteriously floats into the sky one night while contemplating its immensity. 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 our solar system. Though the book is just a few hundred pages, it felt as if it were a thousand.

Two Science Fiction Novels. Thus, even when in respect of conclusions we agree with your mystics rather than your plodding intellectuals, in respect of method we applaud most your intellectuals; for they scorned to deceive themselves with comfortable fantasies. But don’t expect a rollicking adventure tale. Almost all of these populist projections seem kind of mundane and trivial when placed next to Stapledon’s.

Archived from the original on 23 January We atapledon your feedback. Selected pages Title Page. I just don’t love it because, well, it isn’t really a story now is it?

John Maynard Smith has said “A man called Olaf Stapledon was a marvellous predictor who wrote science fiction books that I read when I was 16 and that completely blew my mind; and Arthur C.

Throughout all his existence man has been striving to hear the music of the spheres, and has seemed to himself once and again to catch some phrase of it, or even a hint of the whole form of it. And since it comes after “Last And First Men” ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. That the universe is a wonderful riddle, regardless of whether we can solve it or not. Then it’s 1, years, still with you. Mn that period humanity evolves through what Olaf describes as 18 different species of men our present being the “First Men” of the title.


Inevitably so, for if it exists, it is not for him in his littleness. This story tells the story of humanity, so the leap is not that big to laast. The early chapters of the novel are best read, by a 21st century sci-fi fan, as a strange form of alternate history firsh la, say, Harry Turtledove; in this case, our point of departure is not long after Last and First Stapledkn original publication date, for nothing like World War II and the Holocaust even remotely figures in this extrapolation.

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Is this feature helpful? He predicts the fall of the “first” civilization ours due to fossil fuels running out, he describes with a scary accuracy the current political organisation o An incredible odyssey, voluntarily focused on the “spirit” of successive human species wrongly called “races” in the book stapldon than particular characters.

Please review your cart. I honestly believe if everybody read this, it might give an impression of our insignificance – it actually made me quite proud to be a part of the human species. Try reading that without thinking about the Iraqi war or the current as of April events in Russia: Stapledon’s conception wliliam history is based on the Hegelian Dialectic, following a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions of years, but it is also one of progress, as the later civilizations rise to far greater heights than the first.

The reason that the book, for all its amazing inventiveness, does not get 5 stars is because the narrative, at times, can be very, very dry. Add both to Cart Add both to List. And this is what this far descendent of our time reveals: A single ” Last and First Men ” has been a unique experience. One should always keep in mind the historical and social context in which a work was written, accepting these in order to appreciate the work more fully.


However, because I remained largely sober through this volume, I can only offer up wklliam with another half-star for Stapledon’s willingness to write a novel with no real characters and barely any dialog, but with a fluidity bh imagination similar to that of a toddler, though the topic itself is phantasmagorically sophisticated; and yet, all of this overwhelming structurelessness nonetheless holds together, forcing one to turn the page though the clock advises you that it is nearly dawn.

First and Last Men reads like a history of humanity as a whole.

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Also, it is very much a product of its time. Staplevon reading Last and First Men on your Kindle in under a minute. View all 9 comments. Get ready to take th Although LSD was discovered only inwhile this book was published in”Last and First Men” is just about the trippiest book you’ll pick up this side of the white light that ferries you to your next incarnation, unless you read Joyce’s “Ulysses” backwards. Read more Read less.

Together with its follow-up, Star Maker, it is staledon as the standard by which all earlier and later future histories are measured.

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The earlier parts of the book deal with Stapledon’s predictions for the immediate future post Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. But to skip these chapters would deprive the reader of the sensation of being swept along through time at an ever-accelerating rate that is one of this novel’s unique and most exceptional offerings.

All in all, even given that I was skimming most of the book, it was a waste of a lovely Sunday afternoon. Stapledon for prescience, since he pegged the two dominant countries of the future so solidly, but there are no characters to make us care about the story and there are no passages of graceful prose to make us forgive the lack of characters.

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