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 years roll by and humanity persists, sometimes soaring to great and noble heights, sometimes sinking into the abyss of savagery and barbarism. It’s just that, well, gripping storytelling it ain’t.

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View all 9 comments. This book is about humanity’s quest to overcome its base passions and become pure mind.

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! 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 concept, concerns the minuteness of our present existence in the greater scheme of future and past events within the confines of our finite solar system.

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. Those of you who have read the book will realise this is flawed, as the Last Men do not inhabit Earth Add both to Cart Add both to List.

Retrieved from ” https: I have not read something so bold, so richly descriptive, and so imaginative before. And yet there’s no characters or plot.

I found it vastly stimulating to the imagination. The scope of this ‘novel’ is staggering. See and discover other items: 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.

There’s something in there for everyone and it’s surprising to me that it’s not part of mass culture, but this surprise makes me all the more grateful that I got the chance to discover it.


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.

Apart, that is, from the colonization of Venus and Neptune, which we now know to be impossible.

This was not a problem for me once I got used to it, but if that sort of thing bothers you, you might want to get the paperback. It’s easy, in short, to see how Last and First Men came to be such a very influential book.

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Works by Olaf Stapledon. And the species of human pathology and catastrophe that he in Remarkable book, filled with enough ideas to stapledob hundreds of SF novels, which it probably has. We have Martian invasion, we have our invasion of Venus, we have major genetic modifications, telepathy during other iterations, the ability to experience racial memory a-la Firstt, adding multiple sexes, stappledon, living in gas giants, and sometimes merely striving only to improve the human race.

Most tellingly of all, we, whom Stapledon calls the First Men, the primitives of humanity, have already achieved nearly all the great feats of science, technology and exploration that in his book take eighteen successive species of humanity some hundreds of millions of years to accomplish. View all 3 comments.

Clarke, who indicated that this book and its later successor Star Maker were the two most influential books he had eve Last and First Men: Some were actually artificially created by their prede Written inLast and First Men is unique in my experience of reading firs fiction.

Indeed, often the prose reads like that of a 19th century natural history text on, say, social insects, albeit very sophisticated ones. Probably you have read it.

Last and First Men, by Olaf Stapledon

Wells ‘s novelsS. Rather, it’s written by someone with a tender yet firm, a questioning qilliam reassuring voice. Now I can’t fault Dr.


I especially enjoyed the tribulations of the First Men, with quite a few scary parallels to recent history. Read this one for all the crazy science and absolutely fantastic visions of the future. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Hundreds, then thousands and finally millions of years drift by; years in which mankind is repeatedly subject to near extinction level events, events that are sometimes natural and sometimes self-inflicted.

It’s also very, very clever; to encompass so much time in just pages or so, it has to be. 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. It’s worth noting this book was hugely influential on great number of writers.

It’s a thinker’s book, not a piece of pulp sci-fi. I particularly liked the ‘ether ships’ which suggested the vacuum of space was already known, but it would still be 30 years before humans would make said ships. Even a multi-gendered society cannot really be imagined, just the break-down of two sexes and again, only heterosexuality.

One of the things I liked aside from the bedazzling scope of the author’s imagination is the way the fourth wall was broken through the idea that the author himself was but a vessel of communication between a very distant future human life form and the reader.

An incredible odyssey, voluntarily focused on the “spirit” of successive human species wrongly called “races” in the book rather than particular characters. There’s one thing that held me back from really liking this book as much as I thought I would, though, and it is the reason that any adjectives I use to describe Stapledon’s work here are always synonyms of “interesting”, or “engrossing”.

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