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Last Men in London

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Though this is a work of fiction, it does not pretend to be a novel. It has no hero but man. 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 univer...more
Mass Market Paperback, 269 pages
Published September 7th 1978 by Magnum Books (London) (first published 1932)
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Dave
Olaf Stapledon’s “Last Men in London” is the third and of Stapledon’s Last Men stories. “Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future” from 1930 was a tremendous work providing a future history of mankind 2 billion years into the future. The book was driven by ideas and significant events which changed the species of man. In “Far Future Calling”, a radio play based on the same concept, the future is told by two First Men actors who are viewing images provided by two Last Men from the d...more
Mike Ehlers
Read online. This book does not stand up well next to Stapledon's other "Last Men" books. The auto biographical context is interesting, but would have worked better with a different construct. The author does do a good job with the themes like the divided nature of man and finding one's place in the world. Perhaps it is the lack of worldbuilding that sets it apart from Last and First Men and Star Maker. At any rate, it is not a bad book, but I'm probably rounding down because of my subjective di...more
Erik Graff
Jun 18, 2008 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stapledon fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Unlike Last and First Men, the autobiographical element of this semi-sequel makes it more readable.
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Excerpted from wikipedia:
William Olaf Stapledon was a British philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction.

Stapledon's writings directly influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Stanisław Lem, C. S. Lewis and John Maynard Smith and indirectly influenced many others, contributing many ideas to the world of science fiction.
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