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Last and First Men - (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) by Olaf Stapledon (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 246

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Science Fiction

Series Title: Dover Books on Literature & Drama

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Dover Publications

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: Olaf Stapledon

Language: English

Street Date: May 19, 2008
TCIN: 77736676
UPC: 9780486466828
Item Number (DPCI): 247-61-4611
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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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 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.



About the Author



A preeminent figure of British science fiction, Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) wrote several influential novels. Praised by H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf, Stapledon's works introduced such innovative concepts as genetic engineering and terraforming.
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