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  Last and First Men - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Last and First Men is a science fiction novel (or, rather, fictional history), written in 1930 by the British author Olaf Stapledon.
In 1932, Stapledon followed Last and First Men with the far less acclaimed Last Men in London.
His other great novel, Star Maker (1937), could also be considered a sequel to Last and First Men, but is even more ambitious in scope, being a history of the entire universe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Last_and_First_Men   (298 words)

 First Fandom
First Fandom is an association of experienced science fiction fans.
The term itself is an oblique reference to Olaf Stapledon's classic science fiction epic Last and First Men[?].
First to assume the chairmanship was Robert A. Madle.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/fi/First_Fandom.html   (245 words)

 Last and First Men
Olaf Stapledon's first novel (1930) which tells the story of 18 species of mankind, some naturally evolved, others the product of eugenics, across a time span of 2 billion years.
Only with the Second Men, some 10 million years in the future, does humanity first meet extraterrestrial intelligence, in the form, adopted by Wells 33 years earlier, of invaders from a drought-stricken Lowellian Mars.
Here Stapledon again borrows from Arrhenius, suggesting that humanity's last hope of survival is panspermia — to send copies of its cells to the stars in the hope that there they will regenerate.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/L/LastMen.html   (440 words)

 sffworld.com - Last and First Men or Star Maker?
The only real problem I had with LAFM was the first 'book' which was basically about the which Stapleton thought the 20th centuary was going to go.
Last and First Men is very dated, and reeks of Social Darwinism.
This is the first book I read by him; it's canvas is so small and focussed,you can imagine how blown away I was when I read his other books which are so extreme in the opposite direction.
www.sffworld.com /forums/printthread.php?t=6369   (830 words)

 Last and First Men (SF Masterworks)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
First published in 1930, Last and First Men is full of pioneering speculations about evolution, terraforming, genetic engineering and many other subjects.
It was first published in 1930, and it is far from a conventional novel.
Last and First Men is not so much a story as a history of mankind from 1914 to about a billion years in the future, a board overview of about 17 species of Humans over that time period.
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 Olaf Stapledon: Last and First Men - an infinity plus review
Last and First Men is written as a future history of humanity for the next two billion years, as told to a First Man (us) by an Eighteenth or Last Man, living on a terraformed Neptune 2 billion years hence.
This led to a "marching monkeys" devolution of the First Men.
The Third Men were great music-lovers, and once united in a Holy Empire of Music, ruled by a benevolent monarch, the Supreme Melody, or, more familiarly, "God's Big Noise." The Holy Empire was succeeded by a culture that practiced "plastic vital art", breeding strange decorative creatures as a competitive art-form.
www.infinityplus.co.uk /nonfiction/lastmen.htm   (1690 words)

 Apollo 11 Summary
First, we've already seen the Apollo 8 site, admittedly from high orbit (60 miles altitude), and we came away with some confidence that it was acceptable.
Because the precise landing spot was not critical on this first mission, all that Houston needed was enough information to be sure that the spacecraft was operating properly and, through the combined use of the omni antennas and voice relays through Collins in the Command Module, adequate communications was maintained.
For the first half hour or so, neither Armstrong nor Aldrin did more than a shuffling walk as they went about their work and it was planned, after this initial period of familiarization, for Aldrin to try to take advantage of the 1/6th gravity and try to run.
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 Article Abstracts: #40 (Stanislaw Lem)
First, futurologists are insufficiently neutral with regard to their prophecies; they confuse their role as describers of objective tendencies with their role as advisers to agents of power.
Last and First Men's superiority to most SF ultimately lies in Stapledon's individual conception of humanity as a whole: a unity of opposites whose potentiality is so great that each civilization can realize only a part of it.
Tichy's "reality"--fundamentally associated with the sewer--does, to be sure, apparently return at last with his seeming realization that the 21st-century Utopia of Plenty psychochemically masks an Anti-Utopia of Scarcity; but that discovery, based as it is on his ingesting of a "dehallucinide," turns out to be as delusive as any of his (other) hallucinations.
www.depauw.edu /sfs/abstracts/a40.htm   (2719 words)

 livredor: Book: Last and First Men
My reaction to Last and First Men is that it is rather better than the average rôle-playing handbook, but probably less good than the average novel.
I think Last and First Men is the first place I encountered the idea that love could be a supreme virtue among creations without that logically requiring love to be a supreme virtue for the Creator, which was a major insight to me at thirteen.
The Last Men, and other positively portrayed civilizations, seem to be looking for meaning 'out there' in the same way that a theist looks to God for meaning.
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 Amazon API Demo - Books - Last and First Men and Star Maker : Two Science Fiction Novels - Chris Codes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Considering this book was first published in 1931, it is remarkable, both in its honesty as regards human nature, and in its phenomenal span.
After reading "Last and First Men", I approached Olaf's next masterpiece, "Star Maker" (first published in 1937), with some disbelief as to how on earth he could possibly better the span, pathos and magnanimity he had already laid out.
Last and First Men: Another reviewer mentions that Stapledon's treatment of America is unfair, referencing Stapledon's later apology for his anti-Americanization views.
www.chriscodes.com /store/detail/books/related_result/Book/0486219623   (2146 words)

 Catholic men meeting to grow in their faith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In the beginning, four men drank coffee at an East Walnut Hills Frisch's and realized something was missing in their lives.
Men's spirituality is different from women's, says Declan O'Sullivan, a founding member in his mid-60s.
“Men are trained to be in charge, to suppress your feelings and to have, as the British would say, "A stiff upper lip,' says the Mount Lookout resident.
www.enquirer.com /editions/2001/03/23/tem_catholic_men_meeting.html   (694 words)

 Last and First Men   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
At first, the level of detail resembles that of regular history books, telling the story of First Men (us) until its very end in rather fine details.
This was the first, but hardly the last, time that mankind almost destroyed itself; at one point, humanity was reduced to eight living individuals, members of a research expedition that were saved from another terrible weapon.
We, the First Men, are replaced by the Second Men, Second by Third, and so on, race replacing race, yet they are all, to an extent, human.
www.forum2.org /tal/books/last.html   (935 words)

 Encyclopedia: Last and First Men
Last Men in London (1932) is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon.
Star Maker (1937) is a cornerstone work of science fiction by Olaf Stapledon, in which he undertakes the immense task of describing the entire history of life in the universe.
A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Last-and-First-Men   (681 words)

 The First Men in the Moon (26 - The Last Message Cavor sent to the Earth) - Contemporary Taps
Chapter indexed HTML of The First Men in the Moon, the novel by H.
One seems to see him away there in the blue obscurity amidst his apparatus intently signalling us to the last, all unaware of the curtain of confusion that drops between us; all unaware, too, of the final dangers that even then must have been creeping upon him.
He had talked of war, he had talked of all the strength and irrational violence of men, of their insatiable aggressions, their tireless futility of conflict.
www.wells.omnia.co.uk /first-men-moon/26thelastmessagecavorsenttotheearth.htm   (522 words)

 Boston.com / Sports / College / Men's hockey / Vermont goes from last to first in one season   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A year ago the University of Vermont men's hockey team was wallowing in the basement of the Eastern College Athletic Conference with a record of 3-13-3.
The Catamounts didn't win their first game in the 2003-2004 season until just before Christmas, the last division I men's team in the country to win a game.
Sneddon said Sifers, who took over as captain last year just before the team started playing well, was one of the best team leaders he had ever seen.
www.boston.com /sports/colleges/mens_hockey/articles/2005/01/13/vermont_goes_from_last_to_first_in_one_season   (674 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In 1930 he wrote LAST AND FIRST MEN, which is probably the most complete and detailed future history, a mammoth 325-page (in the Penguin edition) work of straight history.
Last and First Men (1930) and Star Maker (1937) are considered (by the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction) to be Stapledodon's best work.
Well, it was his first novel, and he did have the Last Men engage in ritual funereal cannibalism, as well as forming 96-member(!) group-marriages -- ideas later picked up by an upstart named "Heinlein" [note 3], though not to universal acclaim.
sf.www.lysator.liu.se /sf_archive/sf-texts/books/S/Stapledon,Olaf.mbox   (2780 words)

 Article Abstracts: #28 (The Science Fiction of Olaf Stapledon)
Indeed, in many ways it is unoriginal, being a restatement of ideas which Ruskin (and numerous others) had first presented and which had become more or less intellectual commonplaces in the early decades of this century, particularly within the broad tradition which Ruskin had inaugurated.
And even when Stapledon is hostile or negative towards Ruskin's thinking, his objections seem either commonsensical, as in his defense of the machine, or else derivative of well-known Marxist doctrine, as in his critique of nostalgic medieval paternalism and capitalist exploitation.
A commonplace of Stapledon criticism since the first reviews of the 1930s has it that Stapledon is a philosopher but not a novelist, his style being haphazard and crude.
www.depauw.edu /sfs/abstracts/a28.htm   (1166 words)

 First Fandom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The term itself is an oblique reference Olaf Stapledon 's classic science fiction epic Last and First Men.
Then in 1958 a number of fans at Midwestcon realized (with some liquid inspiration) that all had been active in fandom for than 20 years.
Van Halen's third album Women and Children First was released in March of 1980.
www.freeglossary.com /First_Fandom   (617 words)

 Bibliography: Last and First Men
Last and First Men and Last Men in London (1972, Penguin, 0140035060, 605pp, pb)
Last and First Men (1987, Penguin, 0140080880, L3.95, 327pp, tp)
Last and First Men (1988, Tarcher, Jeremy P., 0874774713, $10.95, 313pp, hc)
isfdb.tamu.edu /cgi-bin/title.cgi?541   (132 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Last and First Men (S.F.Masterworks S.): Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Second Men are plagued with invasions of cloud-like Martians; the bat-eared, six-fingered Third Men deliberately create the Fourth Men who are essentially huge, immobile brains...
Yet it's not a gloomy work: even as the dying Sun promises to become their funeral pyre, the Last Men affirm that "It is very good to have been man." Another classic choice from Millennium SF Masterworks.
After 20 years of reading about Last and First Men (they had not even heard of it in Hay-on-Wye)I have found it at last.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/185798806X   (1229 words)

 A Last and First Book
His thoughtful essay about Olaf Stapeldon's Last and First Men was selected as the winner for its contents, which are very much in keeping with the spirit of Science Fiction and Society, and for its well-crafted language.
This is despite glaring shortcomings in the narrative, such as complete lack of character development, normal plot structure (or plot of any kind in all honesty), and several lapses where weak ideas mar an otherwise brilliant construction.
For those unfamiliar with the work, Last and First Men, written in the 1930s before the transistor, the atomic bomb, space travel, and the computer, is the story of a man who is contacted by a being from the distant future.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/sf_and_society/47375   (367 words)

 Varsity Sports -- Women’s basketball close to first; men in last   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
If the men’s team is doing anything it’s thinking positively despite a 2-4 record and four points, putting them in last place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East Division.
U of T’s last regular season game before the holiday break was no doubt tough to handle.
In their last regular season game before the holiday break, three players scored into double digits (Rachel Ellison, Elanna Robson, and Vanessa Richardson).
www.varsity.utoronto.ca /archives/120/dec06/sports/women.html   (523 words)

 Famous Firsts in Aviation
Gen. Jean Baptiste Marie Meusnier developed the first propeller-driven and elliptically shaped balloon—the crew cranking three propellers on a common shaft to give the craft a speed of about 3 mph.
The C-7, nonrigid Navy dirigible was first to use noninflammable helium as lifting gas, making a flight from Hampton Roads, Va., to Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1).
Legends: Amelia Earhart was a courageous pilot and a hero to both women and men.
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 Amazon.com: Last Call: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Last Call isn't the kind of book that would usually jump out at me when browsing in my local bookstore.
Last Call follows Scott Crane, a middle-aged man with troubles in the past, present and future.
In the late `40s when he was a child, he was targeted for a special sort of sacrifice by his father; he is saved at the cost of one eye and his mother's life.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/038072846X?v=glance   (2219 words)

 USATODAY.com - Women trump the men in first episode   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The last surviving contestant at the end of 15 weeks gets to be a Trump executive for a year with a $250,000 salary.
The first twist in Week 1 was when Trump divided the teams by gender, eight men vs. eight women.
But a less-than-subtle point was that the men struggled to sell their lemonade at $1 a cup, while the women were pulling down as much as $5 a cup.
www.usatoday.com /money/media/2004-01-09-apprentice-lede_x.htm   (478 words)

 The SF Site: The First Men on the Moon
Thirty years after the first lunar landing, the twelve men from the Apollo missions are still the only people who have walked on the Moon.
The same month that witnessed the anniversary of the first landing, the third of those men, Charles "Pete" Conrad, was killed in a motorcycle accident near Obai, California.
Certainly, these men are not old, most are in their sixties or early seventies.
www.sfsite.com /columns/steven62.htm   (1158 words)

 Last Out - First In   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Last Out First In Tour brings together recollections from two actions which involved the forbears of the Royal Green Jackets – the famous assault on the Orne Bridges in 1944 and the less well-known last stand at Calais in 1940.
Using first-hand recollections – including much previously uncollated material – Last Out First In guides you through the events faced by the men of 30 Brigade during the final dark days of the Battle of France and then on to the exploits of the 2nd Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1944.
Last Out First In is a not-for-profit venture which has the sole aim of ensuring that the exploits of the Regiments which became the Royal Green Jackets are not forgotten.
www.40-44.co.uk   (327 words)

 Cross Country Set To Host GW Invitational :: Women seek Fourth Consecutive Victory of the Season; Men Look to Build Off ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
William & Mary earned the victory on the men's side with 27 points, and Georgetown was victorious in the women's race with 34 points.
Sophomore Bridget Skeuse (Stockton, NJ) is GW's top returning finisher on the women's side, as she placed eighth last year out of 160 runners.
Morgan has been GW's top finisher the last two meets, including a third-place overall finish at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational to lead the Colonials to their first victory of the season.
gwsports.collegesports.com /sports/c-xc/spec-rel/092404aab.html   (404 words)

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