The Last Theorem

The Last Theorem

by Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl
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Last Theorem 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the middle of the twentieth century, atomic bomb testing was conducted on the land, at sea and in the air eventually the radiation traveled into outer space, which brought the planet to the attention of the Grand Galactics who ordered the destruction of Earth before the barbarians devastated the universe. They sent their client races, the Machine Stored, a sentient species who left their bodies behind and become inhabitants of cyber pace. Also on assignment to destroy Earth is The Nine Limbed, the civilized race that speaks on behalf of the Grand Galactics and the one point five, the race that destroyed their world and needs prosthetics to survive.---------------- Brilliant Sri Lankan mathematician Ranjit Subramanian is obsessed with Fermat¿s Last Theorem. While he is in a prison, he works out the proof in his head and soon becomes an international sensation. He is privy to the non lethal weapon mankind has developed to bring peace to the world, but when the Grand Galactics learn there is no more need to destroy this orb, will they cease the eradication order or bureaucratically wipe out the planet.---------------- THE LAST THEOREM is an interesting work that occurs on two levels. One plot focuses on Ranjit¿s life from the time he is sixteen while the other centers on alien invaders sent by their overlords to destroy the warmongering earthlings. Both subplots are fascinating as readers follow the progress made by earthlings to attain Pax through a special non-killing weapon. As fans wait for the macro and micro plots to merge, first contact could prove lethal.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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I have read many of Arthur C. Clarke's novels. So, I did not enter into reading this novel blindly. My main problem with his prose is the lack of an ending. This novel had many other problems. As other reviewers have noted, the novel has an unfinished/rough draft feel to it. It was a painful read. Though I usually keep novels in my library at least for a short period, I gave this hardcover novel to my 2 year hold to play with. Seeing him pretend to read this novel has given me much more joy that reading it. So unless you have a child that needs a toy, I suggest passing on this novel.
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With two such icons of science fiction I was expecting a superior product. Unfortunately the book was VERY disappointing - especially since there was a core for a superior story. However, it read like a first draft that had not been worked over to any extend and/or no serious input by editors to work with the authors. Maybe the age of the authors and death of Clarke factors in, but this is not a book to add to either of their legacies. Most telling for myself is that while I usually keep books I buy and read, figuring to someday reading them again, this one goes to the discard file i.e., never to look at a second time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have hoped that Fred Pohl & Art Clarke could have done a lot better. Not since Hitchhiker's Guide has there been such a mean & nasty force at work in the universe. Are they suitably impressed by human ingenuity? No, it turns out that they are most impressed by us turning arms into plowshares, but of the type that blow things up real good.
Shakti99 More than 1 year ago
The plottting is juvenile, with a deus ex machina thrown in whenever needed. Characters are uni-dimensional. There's math, but little that could be called science. A real disappointment.
Bklynborn More than 1 year ago
Boring. I expected more from both Pohl & Clark