Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future – NaBloPoMo 2010

a history

a timeline of two billion years

covering 18 human species, of which we are but the first –

 

 

Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon

 

 

Olaf Stapledon‘s Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future is science-fiction, science-fiction of a type not seen before Stapledon and unlikely to be seen again: science-fiction as a backdrop for a philosophical treatise on the reasons of Man.

’tis not an easy read – worth going through for the originality and breadth of Stapledon‘s vision:  mankind waxes and wanes, comes to the brink of extinction and back again, renders Earth uninhabitable and takes over Venus and then Jupiter, changes matter and form at every step yet remains essentially human.

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