Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future

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#ad - The classic future history of human intelligence from one of the fathers of science fiction. In his epic last and first men olaf stapledon decribes the evolution of mankind through the ages, reaching the very heights of civilization at one point, surviving onslaughts from other planets and overcoming the waning of solar energy, but always developing new thoughts, descending to the depths of near-extinction at the next, new abilities and new means of survival.

Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future #ad - The enormous scope of this great classic makes it one of the finest future histories ever written, a true master work of science fiction.

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Star Maker

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Jovian Press #ad - The story details the mental journey of an unnamed narrator who is transported not only to other worlds but also other galaxies and parallel universes, until he eventually becomes part of the "cosmic mind. First published in 1937, olaf stapledon's descriptions of alien life are a political commentary on human life in the turbulent inter-war years.

Star Maker #ad - Lewis and Arthur C. This is the first scholarly edition of a book that influenced such writers as C. S. Clarke and which Jorge Luis Borges called "a prodigious novel. ". Widely regarded as one of the true classics of science fiction, Star Maker is a poetic and deeply philosophical work. The book challenges preconceived notions of intelligence and awareness, and ultimately argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from culturally ingrained thought and our inevitable anthropomorphism.

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Star Maker

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Sheba Blake Publishing #ad - Some of the elements and themes briefly discussed prefigure later fiction concerning genetic engineering and alien life forms. Star maker is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, published in 1937. A key idea is the formation of collective minds from many telepathically linked individuals, on the level of planets, galaxies, and eventually the cosmos itself.

This snowballing process is paralleled by the expansion of the book's scale, describing more and more planets in less and less detail. The disembodied travelers encounter many ideas that are interesting from both science-fictional and philosophical points of view. He sees the star maker's early work, and he learns that the star maker was surprised and intensely interested when some of his early "toy" universes — for example a universe composed entirely of music with no spatial dimensions — displayed "modes of behavior that were not in accord with the canon which he had ordained for them.

Star Maker #ad - He sees the star maker experimenting with more elaborate universes, heaven, which include the traveler's own universe, and a triune universe which closely resembles "Christian orthodoxy" the three universes respectively being hell, and reality with presence of a savior.  . These include the first known instance of what is now called the dyson sphere; a reference to a scenario closely predicting the later zoo hypothesis or Star Trek's Prime Directive; many imaginative descriptions of species, civilizations and methods of warfare; descriptions of the Multiverse; and the idea that the stars and even pre-galactic nebulae are intelligent beings, operating on vast time scales.

But stands in the same relation to it as an artist to his work, and calmly assesses its quality without any feeling for the suffering of its inhabitants. A pervading theme is that of progressive unity within and between different civilizations.

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Odd John

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Gateway #ad - John wainwright is a freak, a human mutation with an extraordinary intelligence which is both awesome and frightening to behold. Ordinary humans are mere playthings to him. And odd john has a plan - to create a new order on Earth, a new supernormal species. But the world is not ready for such a change.

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Sirius

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Gateway #ad - Sirius #ad - But sirius isn't human and the conflicts and inner turmoil that torture him cannot be resolved. His relationship with the trelones, is deep and close, particularly with Plaxy, and his inquiring mind ranges across the spectrum of human knowledge and experience. Sirius is thomas trelone's great experiment - a huge, handsome dog with the brain and intelligence of a human being.

Raised and educated in trelone's own family alongside Plaxy, his youngest daughter, Sirius is a truly remarkable and gifted creature.

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Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest

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#ad - Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest #ad - The novel explores the theme of the Übermensch superman in the character of John Wainwright, whose supernormal human mentality inevitably leads to conflict with normal human society and to the destruction of the utopian colony founded by John and other super humans. Odd john: a story between jest and Earnest is a 1935 science fiction novel by the British author Olaf Stapledon.

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Last and First Men

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#ad - Epic science fiction classic! "No book before or since has ever had such an impact on my imagination. Arthur c clarke - a work of unprecedented scale in the genre, it describes the history of humanity from the present onwards across 2 billion years and 18 distinct human species, of which our own is the first and most primitive.

The book anticipates the science of genetic engineering, and is an early example of the up to now fictional supermind; a consciousness composed of many telepathically-linked individuals. Sir patrick moore said "this novel Last and First Men is immensely thought-provoking and I've read it time and time again.

Profound in the extreme - loved, lauded and recommended by the best SF writers. 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.

Last and First Men #ad - . The book anticipates the science of genetic engineering, and is an early example of the fictional supermind; a consciousness composed of many telepathically-linked individuals. 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.

Stapledon's conception of history is 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.

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Last and First Men

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#ad - No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination, " declared 2001 author Arthur C. An imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations. First published nearly 70 years ago, this masterpiece is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century.

. Olaf stapledon creates a history of the evolution of humankind over the next two billion years, and has lots of it right! It's so vast; it brings the concept of `time' closer to the human experience. Clarke of this masterpiece of science fiction. Not only a must-read for scholars of the genre but even for those who want to look beyond their own immortality, as well as our civilizations immortality.

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Last Men in London

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Jovian Press #ad - Though this is a work of fiction, it does not pretend to be a novel. Since its purpose is not the characterization of individual human beings, no effort has been made to endow its few persons with distinctive personalities. There is no plot, except the theme of man's struggle in this awkward age to master himself and to come to terms with the universe.

Last Men in London #ad - It has no hero but man.

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Darkness and the Light

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#ad - Stapledon projects two separate futures for humanity, depending not on the outcome of World War II but on the failure or success of a future "Tibetan Renaissance" to influence the temper and ideology of the militaristic empires that threaten it.

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Lord of Light

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Amber Ltd #ad - He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god. A holy war rages across the heavens and mankind’s fate hangs in the balance. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god.

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