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This is so true of today's and future societies.
This is one of the most deeply considered pieces of science fiction every written, and a must-read for any serious scholar of the genre.
If Stapledon has in fact "published a few articles in professional philosophical journals" this is good enough for me.
Wow, it is really interesting somebody thought like this so long ago. Very well developed although hard to conceive a history that's million of years old and man still survived! Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Yip
I first encountered Olaf Stapledon - and specifically his Last and First Men (LaFM) - about twenty years ago in the course of reading an anthology I had got my hands on that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tracy M. Bovee
Stapledon was wise, insightful, even prophetic. In 1932 he wrote a timeline showing a war for civilization's future between the U.S. and China. China, in 1932?? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ray Williamson
This is definately not a conventional book, sci-fi or otherwise. For brevity, I'll just talk about the First and Last Men, though much of the same could be said of Star Maker. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by TheSciFiCritic-dot-com
The first novel is about the future of humanity, starting from the 'present' era of the 1920's. The author sort of misses the mark on events of the 'near' future, but one can think... Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Melvin Ni
One of my all time favorites, which is all plot and a little character and very modern in simply presuming appropriate technology, is Olaf Stapledon's Starmaker. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by W. B. Abbott
This is a classic?
Written between WWI and WWII, I found the Last and First Men interesting only in that the author completely missed predicting the future. Read more
Stapledon's epic ages of man tour-de-force. This is by no means a detailed character study, but a study of a theme - the evolution of humanity, and its spread. Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by Blue Tyson
Olaf Stapledon was an immensely deep-thinking philosopher who utilized science fiction for his expansive ruminations on the place of humanity in the universe. Read morePublished on August 3, 2007 by doomsdayer520