Last Men in London

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In his previous science-fiction novel, Last and First Men, Olaf Stapledon envisioned 2 billion years of history, in which modern humans represented the first and most primitive of 18 increasingly advanced species. In this companion piece, a being from the remote future travels back to the 20th century to inhabit the consciousness of an Englishman named Paul. From inside his subject's mind, the superintelligent mega-human observes Paul's childhood, his experiences during World War I, and his postwar life as ...
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1976 Octavo, cloth. First U.S. edition, first printing. Text offset from that of the 1932 Methuen edition. New introduction by Curtis C. Smith and Harvey J. Satty. Stapledon's ... elusive second novel, intended to complement his Last and First Men (1930). With its unique perspective and autobiographical focus, Last Men in London is one of Stapledon's most powerful and personal novels. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 3-57. See Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 2-98; (1987) 2-109 and (1995) 2-119. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 719. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 62. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1152. Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 151. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 205. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 196. Stableford, Scientific Romance in Britain 1890-1950, pp. 203-06. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 185. Reginald 13556. Satty and Smith A4.1.3. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (#106336) Read more Show Less

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In his previous science-fiction novel, Last and First Men, Olaf Stapledon envisioned 2 billion years of history, in which modern humans represented the first and most primitive of 18 increasingly advanced species. In this companion piece, a being from the remote future travels back to the 20th century to inhabit the consciousness of an Englishman named Paul. From inside his subject's mind, the superintelligent mega-human observes Paul's childhood, his experiences during World War I, and his postwar life as a teacher. The narrative provides a compelling commentary on modern life, the horrors of warfare, and the disintegrating state of Western society. 
British philosopher William Olaf Stapledon (1886–1950) introduced several innovative concepts to the science-fiction genre, and his books influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, C. S. Lewis, John Maynard Smith, and many others. In this science-fictional self-portrait, he offers a captivating combination of memory, imagination, and social criticism. 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780839823407
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/28/1976
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 336

Meet the Author

Olaf Stapledon (1886 - 1950)
William Olaf Stapledon was born near Liverpool in 1886. He read history at Oxford, where he obtained a BA and an MA. During the First World War, he served as a conscientious objector with an ambulance unit in France and Belgium. After the war he was awarded a PhD in philosophy from the University of Liverpool. A full-time writer from the early 1930's, Olaf Stapledon produced a concentrated body of work that had - and continues to have - an extraordinary influence on the genre of science fiction. In addition to inspiring or influencing writers such as Brian Aldiss, Stephen Baxter, Arthur C. Clarke and Stanislaw Lem, Stapledon's work gave the field such enduring tropes as hive minds, Dyson spheres, genetic engineering and terraforming. It is arguable that only H. G. Wells has made a more significant contribution to the field. Olaf Stapledon died in 1950.

For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/stapledon_olaf

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Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction
I. The World of the Last Men
II. Exploring the Past
III. The Child Paul
IV. Paul Comes of Age
V. Origins of the European War
VI. The War
VII. After the War
VIII. The Modern World
IX. On Earth and on Neptune
 
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