Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ive been a fan of scifi for a long while now – I read practically everything but scifi is my greatest joy when written well and this one turned out to be the grandfather of them all!
I had never even heard of Stapledon or this book before I came across it in my favourite book store and had the good luck of not reading it for months but decided last minute to take it on a recent vacation with me, where I was able to give it due time – and believe me this is a book that needs it.
Not madly long, but so packed to the brim and beyond with detail – never too much! – this maddening, thundering whirlwind of a book traverses 18 races of men, travelling across the solar system and through time itself.
Filled with concepts and ideas that will resonate with anyone who has ever read a scifi book, this masterpiece is overflowing with science, religion, evolution, faith, humanity, philosophy, race, places, cultures, societies and life itself in ways I had never thought possible – much less in a package this compact!
A definite must in my view for anyone who claims to have even the slightest interest in science fiction and philosophy and definately anyone with an imagination that likes to be pushed to the limits.
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