|Submitted by Joel |
(Jul 30, 2007)
Last and First Men, by Olaf Stapledon, is a work of tremendous scope. Olaf Stapledon imagines the history of the human race over two thousand million years, envisioning genetically altered men, terraforming planets, and psychically linked superminds.
The narrator of the story, a member of the Eighteenth Men, tells about the history of the peoples that came and fell before him, and their achievements and why their civilizations fell into atrophy. The story starts with us, the first men, and tells how our society developed
Although this novel can put a casual science-fiction reader off with it's obtuse language, dated scientific knowledge, and the differences in history, it's vast, fantastical, imaginative scope, it's philosophical speculations, and a dispassionate portrayal of the evolution of eighteen races of men makes it an extremely worthwhile read to fans of old science fiction.
If you are interested in reading the book, you may find a free copy of it at: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601101h.html