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# The Last Theorem

The final work from the brightest star in science fiction's galaxy. Arthur C Clarke, who predicted the advent of communication satellites and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey completes a lifetime career in science fiction with a masterwork.

Paperback, 299 pages

Published
by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published January 1st 2008)

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Sve u svemu, potpuno sam zapanjena količinom kvalitetnog ma ...more

The EM shockwave of Earth's nuclear tests spread into space and eventually reach a race of mega-beings, called the Grand Galactics who immediately dispatch one of their client races to eliminate this upstart race. Meanwhile, you ...more

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The trouble is, this isn't really a very good book. It is essentially the life story of a Sri Lankan boy who is a remarkable mathematician and manages to once and for all conclusively solve Fermat's Theor ...more

One thing I missed: the actual 5 page proof of the theorem. It would have been so nice to read that... But given that the actual proof is 150 pages ...more

Pohl managed to turn this book into a tribute to Clarke's best known work including, but probably not limited to

*2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, and Fountain's of Paradise.*

There is an alien race in this novel called the One-Point-Fives which reminds me of the Daleks from

*Dr. Who*. I'm not sure that Clarke was fan, but I do remember seeing a photo of him posing with a Dalek. Perh ...more

The story line follows the travails of one Ranjit, a mathematical genius, from being a kid through his days of glory after solving "Fermat's Last Theorem", and his daughter's (ahem) alien abduction. I remember Mr. Asimov somewhere saying that a story for kids proceeds at breakneck pace, and adult fiction cannot do so. The story here finds the pace somewhere in that category. In summary:

1. Ranjit does so ...more

The cover qu ...more

For me the funnest part of the book surrounds the Galactic Overlords and how they are everywhere but really nowhere and we should just call them "Bill" with quotation marks and should not directly conf ...more

So now these two fine creative men have joined together for the first time. That can be a good thing, yet it can be a bad thing as well, when two writers put heads together. Writers aren’t known for being ‘easy to get along with’, and collabo ...more

I really wanted to like this book. Two grandmasters of science fiction writing together. Clarke is one of my favorite author's of all time. I haven't read any of Pohl's solo works.

This book is somewhat interesting. It follows the life of Sri Lankan mathematician who ends up solving Fermat's Last Theorem. The problem is that the book doesn't seem to have any real point. The main character goes through life, some things happen. He gets kidnapped. He gets imprisoned. He solves a math prob ...more

The story sets up for some insightful commentary on international relations and government, but never really brings it home. I was left wondering whether the fictional "Pax Per Fidem" was the beginning of a new utopia or an orwellian nightmare.

In short, it seemed to be building up to something, and then disappointingly failed to have a po ...more

Obzirom da sam nedavno "ponovio" "Kraj djetinjstva" mogu reći da mi je jako lijepo sjela.

Imamo tu neobičan lik - Srilankaški matematičar (Clarke po prvi puta uvodi u radnju svoju drugu domovinu) Ranjit je Forrest Gumpovske sudbine, svašta bijelo i crno ga je napalo no izvukao se iz svega, usput riješio najzagonetniji matematički teorem te nekako slučajno spasio i Zemlju.

Opet imamo stra ...more

Mar 07, 2013
Angie
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it was ok
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review of another edition

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Day 1:

I began reading this book last night. I checked it out at the library a couple of weeks ago, remembering how much I enjoyed the Rama series when I was in college. I'm already hooked, only 20 or so pages in. Radar . . .

I began reading this book last night. I checked it out at the library a couple of weeks ago, remembering how much I enjoyed the Rama series when I was in college. I'm already hooked, only 20 or so pages in. Radar . . .

*friends*have. (And it's fun to think of Sri Lanka, India and the US all together in an early-21st century context - I have friends from all three of those places! I'm thinking Kadiatu, Arjun, and Janelle as the prototypical representative of each nation-state, though obviously I know ma ...more

How often are you treated to a novel in which a mathematical proof takes a prominent role? I can't think of any other. As well, I enjoyed the complex character of Ranjit Subramanian, and the accurate Sri Lankan setting of the first half. In the second half, a lot of recognizable Clarke concepts are deftly woven together, and the evolution of humanity itself becomes the theme, but the story itself suffers and the characters really fluff out.

The story of the story...

I wish Arthu ...more

Sopra le righe, a mio modesto giudizio, anche perché affronta numerosi problemi terribilmente attuali. Se è vero che la buona sci-fi non è quella che predice il futuro, ma quella che pone l'accento su distorsioni contemporanee immaginandone lo sviluppo, ...more

The Last Theorem... also known as ”Will the aliens EVER reach Earth?”

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This is the resulting stew from dozens of such ideas. The plot holding them together just connects semi-random stuff that happens around. Some of the ideas are awesome, like the Grand Galactics, and to a lesser extend their pet civilizations. Others range from geek fun to geek-boring but educat ...more

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke | 1 | 19 | Nov 14, 2009 10:31PM |

Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie

Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more

More about Arthur C. Clarke...
*2001: A Space Odyssey*, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more

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