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Last and First Men (Unabridged Edition)
     

Last and First Men (Unabridged Edition)

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by William Olaf Stapledon
 
Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future is a science fiction novel written in 1930 by the British author Olaf Stapledon. 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. Stapledon's

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Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future is a science fiction novel written in 1930 by the British author Olaf Stapledon. 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. Stapledon's conception of history is based on the Hegelian Dialectic, following a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions of years, but it is also one of progress, as the later civilizations rise to far greater heights than the first. The book anticipates genetic engineering, and the idea of superminds composed of many telepathically-linked individuals.
A controversial part of the book depicts humans, in the far-off future, escaping the dying Earth and settling on Venus—in the process totally exterminating its native inhabitants, a marine intelligent species. Stapledon's book has been interpreted by some as condoning such interplanetary genocide as a justified act if necessary for racial survival, though a number of Stapledon's partisans denied that such was his intention, arguing instead that Stapledon was merely showing that although mankind had advanced in a number of ways in the future, at bottom it still possessed the same capacity for savagery as it has always had.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012410504
Publisher:
Classic Collection
Publication date:
08/05/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
413,973
File size:
408 KB

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Last and First Men (Full Version) 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I purchased this 'book' and found I only got an icon in my library marked 'download'; when clicked I only get the same plot summary that I'd see in the 'shop' area. Guess I got ripped off. Don't fall into the same trap and think you're actually purchasing an ebook.