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Last Men in London

£19.99

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In his previous science-fiction novel, 'Last and First Men', Olaf Stapledon envisioned 2 billion years of history, in which modern humans represented the first and most primitive of 18 increasingly advanced species. In this companion piece, a being from the remote future travels back to the 20th century to inhabit the consciousness of an Englishman named Paul. From inside his subject's mind, the super-intelligent mega-human observes Paul's childhood, his experiences during World War I, and his postwar life as a teacher. The narrative provides a compelling commentary on modern life, the horrors of warfare, and the disintegrating state of Western society. British philosopher William Olaf Stapledon (1886–1950) introduced several innovative concepts to the science-fiction genre, and his books influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, C. S. Lewis, John Maynard Smith, and many others. In this science-fictional self-portrait, he offers a captivating combination of memory, imagination, and social criticism. The book has light orange boards and black titles. The cover is clean, with some light bumping to corners and edges; the lower spine end is worn with slight fraying. The text block edges have some scattered foxing spots, and a few appear on front and rear leaves. The dust jacket, now enclosed in a library-type protective cover, has suffered some damage to spine ends, with torn sections missing, up to approx. 1cm at the top and up to approx. 2 cm at the bottom. The upper edge, and all corners, are worn with small chips; the top edge and flap folds are browned.

Item details

Author(s):
W Olaf Stapledon
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
13.1 x 19.1 x 3.5 cms
Edition:
1934
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
312
Publisher:
Methuen & Co
Title:
Last Men in London

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In his previous science-fiction novel, 'Last and First Men', Olaf Stapledon envisioned 2 billion years of history, in which modern humans represented the first and most primitive of 18 increasingly advanced species. In this companion piece, a being from the remote future travels back to the 20th century to inhabit the consciousness of an Englishman named Paul. From inside his subject's mind, the super-intelligent mega-human observes Paul's childhood, his experiences during World War I, and his postwar life as a teacher. The narrative provides a compelling commentary on modern life, the horrors of warfare, and the disintegrating state of Western society. British philosopher William Olaf Stapledon (1886–1950) introduced several innovative concepts to the science-fiction genre, and his books influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, C. S. Lewis, John Maynard Smith, and many others. In this science-fictional self-portrait, he offers a captivating combination of memory, imagination, and social criticism. The book has light orange boards and black titles. The cover is clean, with some light bumping to corners and edges; the lower spine end is worn with slight fraying. The text block edges have some scattered foxing spots, and a few appear on front and rear leaves. The dust jacket, now enclosed in a library-type protective cover, has suffered some damage to spine ends, with torn sections missing, up to approx. 1cm at the top and up to approx. 2 cm at the bottom. The upper edge, and all corners, are worn with small chips; the top edge and flap folds are browned.

Author(s):
W Olaf Stapledon
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
13.1 x 19.1 x 3.5 cms
Edition:
1934
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
312
Publisher:
Methuen & Co
Title:
Last Men in London

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