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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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This masterpiece of science fiction is an imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years. A must-read for scholars of the genre, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations.

Synopsis:

"No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination," declared 2001 author Arthur C. Clarke of this masterpiece of science fiction. An imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations. A must-read for scholars of the genre.

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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ISBN:
9780486466828
Author:
Stapledon, Olaf
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Human beings
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Literature & Drama
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.57 lb

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This masterpiece of science fiction is an imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years. A must-read for scholars of the genre, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations.
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"No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination," declared 2001 author Arthur C. Clarke of this masterpiece of science fiction. An imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations. A must-read for scholars of the genre.
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