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
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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.Product Description:
Last and First Men: A Story of The Near and Far Future [Classic Science Fiction series]
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Spine slightly slanted and creased, some wear to cover, corners and edges. Pages yellowing and page-ends yellowed. Small black mark to page-ends towards foot, does not extend to text. Otherwise in good condition with no noted marks to text, no creasing to pages. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 123428
Book Description Penguin Books. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2716425483
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Book Description Penguin Books. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G0140080880I3N00
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 26.03.1987., 1987. Book Condition: Gut. Auflage: New edition. 336 Seiten Kleinere Gebrauchsspuren, Ecken und Kanten leicht berieben, innen sauber und ordentlich, Stempel auf Innenseite Cover Q75 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 248 19,6 x 13,0 x 2,5 cm, Taschenbuch. Bookseller Inventory # 289312
Book Description Penguin, 1987. Softcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Reprint. Size: Small Octavo. 326 pp. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing . Remainder mark on bottom. Light general shelfwear to covers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Penguin Classics::Fiction; #94606; Penguin Classics::Science Fiction & Fantasy. ISBN: 0140080880. ISBN/EAN: 9780140080889. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 38473. Bookseller Inventory # 38473