Last Men in London

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Jovian Press #ad - It has no hero but man. Though this is a work of fiction, it does not pretend to be a novel. 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. Since its purpose is not the characterization of individual human beings, no effort has been made to endow its few persons with distinctive personalities.

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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.

Clarke and which Jorge Luis Borges called "a prodigious novel. ". 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. This is the first scholarly edition of a book that influenced such writers as C.

Star Maker #ad - S. Lewis and Arthur C. Widely regarded as one of the true classics of science fiction, Star Maker is a poetic and deeply philosophical work.

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

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#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. 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, but always developing new thoughts, descending to the depths of near-extinction at the next, reaching the very heights of civilization at one point, surviving onslaughts from other planets and overcoming the waning of solar energy, new abilities and new means of survival.

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Last and First Men

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#ad - An imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations. 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. 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.

First published nearly 70 years ago, this masterpiece is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century. Clarke of this masterpiece of science fiction. No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination, " declared 2001 author Arthur C.

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Last and First Men

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#ad - 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. 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. 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.

Last and First Men #ad - Stapledon's conception of history is based on the hegelian Dialectic, but it is also one of progress, following a repetitive cycle with many varied civilizations rising from and descending back into savagery over millions of years, as the later civilizations rise to far greater heights than the first.

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. 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.

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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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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Death into Life

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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 is a 1935 science fiction novel by the British author Olaf Stapledon. 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.

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Odd John and Sirius

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Dover Publications #ad - In the list of modern science fiction personalities, the late British philosopher and novelist W. After a strange birth and childhood, John is suddenly compelled to accept the fact that he is different. If his writing, is between jest and earnest, as he says in the subtitle to Odd John, his sympathies are divided between the conflicting forces of man and superman.

Stapledon is capable of a great deal of humor and tongue-in-cheek description. Sirius, artificially produced, who is not only superior to his own kind, deals with quite another being — an alien intelligence, although the logical successor to Odd John, a dog with superhuman mentality, but rejected by those with whom he has most in common.

. Last and first men and starmaker are generally considered to be the finest future histories ever written, the gage by which all earlier and later works are measured. For those in literature, in psychology, or even in the world as it now exists, in philosophy, the detailed histories of these two strange beings will be ones to ponder.

Odd John and Sirius #ad - The central question is: if and when a superior being is introduced into a culture, how will either survive? Stapledon’s answers are by no means romantic fantasies; they are the pathetic, realistic conclusions which we, one day, may be forced to accept. Odd john is the definitive fictionalization of the mutated superman.

If anything, we have moved closer to the stage when conflict between superior and sapient man is imminent. What is more, he has to decide what to do with his gifts.

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions AmazonClassics Edition

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AmazonClassics #ad - However, our narrator, a Square, living a practical life in this two-dimensional universe, dreams of other worlds. But, as a square soon discovers, educating Flatland about the shapes of things to come proves to be a dangerous infraction. Published in 1884, stephen hawking, which became a classic in the era of Einstein, was a skewering of social hierarchy that inspired Carl Sagan, Abbott’s intricately imaginative novella, and anyone who dared to think—literally—outside the box.

Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: previously published as flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, this edition of Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions AmazonClassics Edition includes editorial revisions.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions AmazonClassics Edition #ad - Flatland is populated by squares, Triangles, and Lines, Circles, all of which are strictly divided by class and gender. Amazonclassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Perhaps a sphere, a figure from a three-dimensional realm, can help drive home the point.

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The Iron King The Accursed Kings, Book 1

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R. Martinfrom the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R. R.

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