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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Add to a list. Seems more like 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.
And here we come to the main reason why I don’t just like this book, but love it. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Even so things didn’t really kick into high gear for me until the advent of the “Fourth Men,” essentially giant disembodied brains who turn ugly.
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The mood greatly resembles The Silmarillion and indeed much of the Middle-Earth canon. The closest I can think of is maybe Stephen Baxter’s Evolution, but even it just took on the life-span of life on planet Earth. See if you have enough points for this item. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. It’s dry, but interesting, varyingly. Fifth Man migrates to Venus, alters it to support human life, and destroys the native beings.
It’s huge and slow and mostly uninteresting. At one point, ten million years pass because it’s a time of barbarism and stasis. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This is a must-read for all serious science fiction fans. My only criticism of this book could in fact be a compliment – it all comes down to that mystery of the author’s intent.
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Doris Lessing, in particular, has said more than once that she was deeply affected by it. It would be an eminently lovely thing.
The Last and First Men is considered by many to be a classic in the science-fiction genre, and now that I’ve finally read it, I understand why. For a giant William Blakean Memorable Fancy stapledoon what this book is, a visionary and somewhat allegorical tale spun out to illustrate the writer’s philosophy, hopes and fears. Indeed, it’s kinda impossible to have those here except in brief glances relying on bird’s eye views before necessarily jumping on to the next BIG IDEA and Super-Imaginative setting.
Apr 24, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 10, Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it. One of my favorite books, but definitely not for everybody, Last and First Men is a future history that reads like one.
But his speculations on genetic engineering and terraforming were amongst the earliest. Jun 27, Buck rated it it was ok Shelves: Published inwhen science fiction as a genre barely existed, before the existence of computers, when molecular biology was, at best, in its infancy, when we’d barely discovered Pluto and were only just beginning to grasp the true size of the universe, this mild-mannered lazt, Olaf Stapledon, a student of history and philosophy and a teacher working in adult education, wrote a book outlining a speculative future history of mankind spanning the next 2 billion years.
Published inwhen science fiction a Where’s that sixth star when you need it? Last and First Men: At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.
Last and First Men, by Olaf Stapledon
Jan 18, ashley c rated it it was stapledo Shelves: 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. All the Birds in the Sky.
Plant people, composite minds, intelligent stars – and an exploration into some of life’s biggest questions. Half a dozen pages from the end, I came across this passage: There is no plot, no characters, no reason to get invested in the story other than being human, and for me personally, the insatiable urge to know how we firsf fare 2 billion years into the future. Several reviews of different Kindle versions report that this or that version has innumerable typos, or has truncated lines, or even, the Millenium edition, has been reedited to make it easier to read!
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