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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A preeminent figure of British science fiction, Olaf Stapledon wrote several influential novels. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf, Stapledon’s works introduced such innovative concepts as genetic engineering and terraforming.
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Clarke of Last and First Men. 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. Together with its follow-up, Star Maker, it is regarded as the standard by which all earlier and later future histories are measured.
The protagonist of this compelling novel is humanity itself, stripped down to sheer intelligence. It evolves through the ages: From the present to five billion years into the future, this romance of humanity abounds in profound and imaginative thought. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add both to Cart Add both to List.
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Odd John and Sirius. Stranger in a Strange Land. The Hugo Award-Winning Novel. About the Author A preeminent figure of British science fiction, Olaf Stapledon wrote several influential novels.
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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.
Yes, Stapledon’s predictions of a League of Nations world power and the various wars in Europe and the unification of science and religion in the United States have no resemblance stapldeon the reality we’ve lived through so far, but so what?
Part of the point of buying older books and reading older predictions is seeing what the authors of the past thought would shape the world of the future. The Millennium Edition does warn readers about this rewrite in a small preface, but I didn’t see the warning until after I’d bought the book. I hadn’t thought I would need to check samples of the book to make sure I was getting what I wanted. I realize that I wrote a glowing review of The Night Land: A Story Retold, but there’s a difference.
The Night Land’s original style was almost unreadable. I tried so hard. And The Night Land: A Story Retold may have loaf several of the author’s philosophical points, mostly having to do with Edwardian beliefs about gender roles persisting so far into the future that the Sun had gone out, but it didn’t take a socialist writer’s work and rewrite it to say that human civilization essentially collapsed because people refused to attempt to economically succeed on their own and fell into a leisure-induced society-wide coma, which is the impression one gets from the rewritten first chapter.
Long story short, I’d have appreciated more warning of the rewrite and what it entailed. One star for a gratuitous rewrite of the first few chapters in an attempt to make the work more palatable to modern readers. ZERO stars for listing this edition on Amazon with no indication that the early chapters have been anonymously! In my opinion, as ofthis was a mistake of epic proportions.
Unfortunately, the lack of transparency on the product page[s] makes that impossible at this wulliam. I absolutely loved this.
Plant people, composite minds, intelligent stars – and an exploration into some of life’s biggest questions. This book is a history of the universe, told by an Englishman who mysteriously floats into the sky one night while contemplating its immensity. It does not contain many of the traditional elements of a novel.
For example, there are not many “characters” in the traditional sense. But what it does have is a beautifully crafted series of interwoven alien histories, sci-fi-type hypotheses, and spiritual and philosophical musings. One thing that surprised me is how specific some of the answers to these big questions get toward the end.
It’s not just some vague notion of the “unified spirit,” it’s much more detailed than that. I suspect that not all readers will like these answers, but I found them to be compelling and fascinating possibilities.
I also think this is a must read for any aand fan. It was first published inat the dawn of sci-fi’s Golden Age, making the ideas expressed all the more impressive and important. The final pages of the book tie its themes back to what was happening in Europe when it was written, which I found brilliant and poignant at the same time.
This was not a problem firsh me once I got used to it, but if that sort olxf thing bothers you, you might want to get the paperback.
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