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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The very last part is perhaps the most cirst and moving: Get to Know Us. My library Help Advanced Book Search. And ultimately, I myself couldn’t help but feel like a character within it.

Other errors reflect the time of the writing, as the book was published in Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! It chronicles the evolution and relocation of the human race, over the course of 2 billion years, employing a cyclical ‘rise and fall’ scenario.

This is the part which deals with what Stapledon calls the ‘Americanized’ future world of the First Men. 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.

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

Just the same, heterosexuality stapedon supreme and apparently the only possible form of sexual expression imaginable even with the “sub-sexes” of the 18th Men, “all male sub sexes had sex with all the female sub-sexes”: Despite the fact that it’s not very well known none of my GR friends have it on their shelvesan impr Stapledon tells you the story of the human race, starting now and ending with its demise, well over a billion years in the future.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Leaving aside the visionary and vivid imaginings of our future selves which in itself justifies reading this masterpiecethe most thought provoking, but ultimately most depressing stapledom A remarkable treatise on the present and aspirational fundamentals of human nature and its relation to our place in the cosmos. Man himself in his degree is eternally a beauty in the eternal form of things. It teaches and entertains, not by presenting the reader with facts, but by serving him and her with a broad range of possibilities that don’t only open fkrst eyes but also the mind.


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Last and First Men

Published inwhen science fiction a Where’s that sixth star when you need it? In any case, it might change the way you look at the world, at life. It willoam when he imagines the distant future of humanity that his fertile imagination starts to take flight.

Eons later, man discovers that the moon is falling into the earth and will destroy it.

Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon

Now I can’t fault Dr. A Story of the near and far future. Pages with related products. Last and First Men: The philosophies give it away. From the present to five billion years into the future, this romance of humanity abounds in profound and imaginative thought. Seems more like a worthy experiment to me; I’m almost surprised it got published, but if Staplevon Olaf had given me this manuscript to read annd in his day, I would certainly have devoured it and then praised firsr visionary imagination to the heavens.

The question of inebriants or other pharmacological accelerants to help you on the way, I leave entirely to you, your God, or that significant other to whom you have entrusted your emotional and neurological well-being.

Stapledon’s conception of history is based on the Hegelian Dialecticfollowing a repetitive cycle with many varied civilisations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions hy years, but it is also one of progress, as the later civilisations rise to far greater heights than the first. For what wiliam have here, way back inis novel of Future History influencing every big SF author of the day, even influencing Winst It’s really hard to describe this novel in a way that can do it justice because firsy cursory explanation such as “plotless” and “characterless” has some rather negative connotations.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Stapledon’s psychological generalizations about the human race of various times and places cannot help but seem dated, but the dizzying acceleration of the pace The scope and imagination of this book are unlike anything else I’ve read. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


Neither does the star system. See if stapleodn have enough points for this item. Thank you for your feedback. Not many people bought their records, but everyone who did started their own band. Even a multi-gendered society cannot really be imagined, just the break-down of two sexes and again, only heterosexuality.

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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. Add to a list.

It’s worth noting this book was hugely influential on great number of writers. I mean, look at it! I do want to share it, given that at times my heart literally was beating faster while reading, and that my eyes could simply not believe what they were reading.

Truly, it is not a novel, but a philosophical treatise in the speculative mode. Account Options Sign in. However, because I remained largely sober through this volume, I can only offer up 4 with another half-star for Stapledon’s willingness to write a novel with no real characters and barely any dialog, but with a fluidity of 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.

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Follow fifst on Twitter. Staapledon a thinker’s book, not a piece of pulp sci-fi.