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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This was not a problem for me once I got used to it, but if that sort of thing bothers you, you might stapleeon to get the paperback.

Though some of his early ideas proved incorrect, he is surprisingly accurate in his prediction of a polarised global society, in which the cultures of the USA and China are the two rival superpowers. Retrieved from ” https: Together with its follow-up, Star Maker, it is regarded as the sta “No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination,” declared Arthur C.

The Complete Exodus Trilogy. The use of language is sublime, and Mr One of the most absorbing and thought-provoking novels I have ever had the grand pleasure to read. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Feb 21, David rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m not gonna lie, folks; of all the books I’ve tackled so far this year, Last and First Men has been the toughest challenge to my resolve to only read one book at a time. It opens your mind up to the true enormity of time and space, and our insignificance within it all, especially at this primitive point in our species’ evolution.

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.

Overall rating No ratings yet 0. A work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across two billion years and eighteen distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive. The author is primarily interested in big philosophical questions such as the nature of humanity and the meaning of life. There is no cast of characters that determines the events and what not.


Explore the Home Gift Guide. Even then, the journey is rather incredible, and should be made, if only to pay homage to the astounding work that was put into this book, and appreciate the inventivity and thought that mostly graces its pages.

Jun 23, Palmyrah rated it liked it. Despite the fact that it’s not very well known none of my GR friends have it on their shelves,en impr Stapledon tells you the story of the msn race, starting now and ending with its demise, well over a billion years in the future.

Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon

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 con A remarkable treatise on the present and aspirational fundamentals of human nature and its relation to our place in the cosmos. WOW, this book is in a class all by itself for originality, imagination and scope. The only book I know with a bigger scope is Stapledon’s own Star Makerwhich covers nothing less than the history of intelligence in the universe.

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.

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Traditional characters are replaced by the various species of man and the idea of plot, along with the endlessly proselytized story arc, is made redundant, ridiculous even, by the sheer relentless march of time. View all 3 comments. Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men The novel appears in the computer game Deus Ex as a reference when a corporation in the game allegedly tries to develop the Second Men in the series, but also in a much broader aspect as the game deals with genetic engineeringthe next phase of evolution and human augmentations.

Read this one for all silliam crazy science and absolutely fantastic visions of the future. It’s huge and slow and mostly uninteresting. It has no characters or plot as such, concentrating on the large sweeping trends that become larger and more sweeping as it proceeds, and it periodically dives into issues of national or racial character and motivations rather than actions.


He predicts the fall of the satpledon 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 rather than particular characters. It is very good to have been man. The question of inebriants or other pharmacological accelerants to help you on the way, I leave entirely to you, your God, or that stalpedon other to whom you have entrusted your emotional and neurological well-being.

But these suspicions disappear in due course as the result of an obliterating level of dilution as Stapledon’s “future history” of Man grows wilder, more fantastic, frothily awe inspiring and disorientingly tragic.

Pages with related products. Stapledon is so rich in invention that he can afford to lend, and I admire his invention though not his philosophy so much that I should feel no shame to borrow”.

Last and First Men

Probably you have read it. The use of language is sublime, and Mr Stapldon’s expansive ideas are positively vertiginous! Eighteen iterations of mankind over a billion years, from the total death of our mankind, the evolutionary re-emergence of the next, the differences, oddities, rediscoveries after soooo much time, the new dreams, aspirations, religions, the different values, before the next mankind dies off.

View all 31 comments. Written in the ‘s, this is a future history that tells the story of mankind over a span of 2 billion years yes billion with a B from until approximately the year 2,, The time-scale accelerates as the book progresses, so that subsequent chapters cover centuries and then millennia in a matter of pages. Written inLast and First Men is unique in my experience of reading science fiction.

I think it takes away the magic. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.