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"No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination," declared Arthur C. Clarke of Last and First Men. This masterpiece of science fiction by British philosopher and writer Olaf Stapledon (1886–1950) 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.
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"No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination," declared Arthur C. Clarke of Last and First Men. This masterpiece of science fiction by British philosopher and writer Olaf Stapledon (1886–1950) 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: rising to pinnacles of civilization, teetering on the brink of extinction, surviving onslaughts from other planets and a decline in solar energy, and constantly developing new forms, new senses, and new intellectual abilities. From the present to five billion years into the future, this romance of humanity abounds in profound and imaginative thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857988062
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 6/10/1999
  • Series: SF Masterworks Series
  • Edition description: New

Meet the Author

Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) was born near Liverpool and educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Liverpool University. After spending eighteen months working in a shipping office in Liverpool and Port Said, he lectured extramurally for Liverpool University in English Literature and industrial history. He served in France from 1915 until 1919 with the Friends Ambulance Unit and then lectured again for Liverpool University in psychology and philosophy. His novels include First and Last Men, Last Men in London, Star Maker and Odd John.
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Table of Contents


Foreword to the (Original) American Edition
Preface
Introduction, by One of the Last Men
The Chronicle
1. Balkan Europe
2. Europe's Downfall
3. America and China
4. An Americanized Planet
5. The Fall of the First Man
6. Transition
7. The Rise of the Second Men
8. The Martians
9. Earth and Mars
10. The Third Men in the Wilderness
11. Man Remakes Himself
12. The Last Terrestrials
13. Humanity on Venus
14. Neptune
15. The Last Men
16. The Last of Man
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    In the Nook version, the "Chapters" function under the

    In the Nook version, the "Chapters" function under the Content (Parallel Lines Icon) didn't work. I tried it on Simple Touch, HD+, and Nook for PC ). However, the Highlight and Book Mark features worked normally. The built in table of contents between the cover and page two took me to the correct locations on all three Nooks, but was hard to see on the Simple Touch display. I normally fail to see typos; but, a some cases of miss scanned letters did manage to catch my attention. I had not heard of Olaf Stephendon until I ran across a reference while reading Parallel Worlds by Micheo Kaku (An excellent book). Checking Olaf's background, I learned that he was a philosopher who wrote science fiction and that Last and First Man was first published in about 1930. It is an unfortunate temporal inconvenience that Olaf could not have Kaku's Parallel Worlds before writing Last and First Man; however, I enjoyed the seeing the difference 80 years of scientific investigation have made. I expected a slow moving protagonist-less book infused with philosophical perspective and was not disappointed. It raises many philosophical topics and resolves none; but seeds many thoughts to ruminate on while and after reading. I purchased a copy of Olaf's Star Maker at the same time. Having heard that Star Maker makes reference to things discussed in Last and First Man; I chose to read the, harder to find, and less famous book first. Last and First Man is pretty much like I expected. Having read it first will probably enhance my experience of reading the more famous Star Maker.

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