Last and First Men

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#ad - No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination, " declared 2001 author Arthur C. Not only a must-read for scholars of the genre but even for those who want to look beyond their own immortality, as well as our civilizations immortality. First published nearly 70 years ago, this masterpiece is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century.

Last and First Men #ad - An imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions of years, this 1930 epic abounds in prescient speculations. Clarke of this masterpiece of science fiction. Olaf stapledon creates a history of the evolution of humankind over the next two billion years, and has lots of it right! It's so vast; it brings the concept of `time' closer to the human experience.

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Star Maker

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Jovian Press #ad - Widely regarded as one of the true classics of science fiction, Star Maker is a poetic and deeply philosophical work. Clarke and which Jorge Luis Borges called "a prodigious novel. ". The book challenges preconceived notions of intelligence and awareness, and ultimately argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from culturally ingrained thought and our inevitable anthropomorphism.

Star Maker #ad - This is the first scholarly edition of a book that influenced such writers as C. S. The story details the mental journey of an unnamed narrator who is transported not only to other worlds but also other galaxies and parallel universes, until he eventually becomes part of the "cosmic mind. First published in 1937, olaf stapledon's descriptions of alien life are a political commentary on human life in the turbulent inter-war years.

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Star Maker

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Sheba Blake Publishing #ad - He realizes he is able to explore space and other planets. These include the first known instance of what is now called the dyson sphere; a reference to a scenario closely predicting the later zoo hypothesis or Star Trek's Prime Directive; many imaginative descriptions of species, civilizations and methods of warfare; descriptions of the Multiverse; and the idea that the stars and even pre-galactic nebulae are intelligent beings, operating on vast time scales.

He sees the star maker's early work, and he learns that the star maker was surprised and intensely interested when some of his early "toy" universes — for example a universe composed entirely of music with no spatial dimensions — displayed "modes of behavior that were not in accord with the canon which he had ordained for them.

He sees the star maker experimenting with more elaborate universes, which include the traveler's own universe, heaven, and a triune universe which closely resembles "Christian orthodoxy" the three universes respectively being hell, and reality with presence of a savior.  . The climax of the book is the "supreme moment of the cosmos", when the cosmical mind which includes the narrator attains momentary contact with the Star Maker, the creator of the universe.

Star Maker #ad - A symbiotic species, both non-humanoid, each individual composed of two species, is discussed in detail. Normally detached from the galaxy's turmoil, they intervene in a deus ex machina to end the threat of a civilization dedicated to the idea of total insanity trying to force its mentality onto one stellar civilization after another.

Arthur C. But stands in the same relation to it as an artist to his work, and calmly assesses its quality without any feeling for the suffering of its inhabitants.

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Odd John

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Gateway #ad - John wainwright is a freak, a human mutation with an extraordinary intelligence which is both awesome and frightening to behold. Ordinary humans are mere playthings to him. But the world is not ready for such a change. And odd john has a plan - to create a new order on Earth, a new supernormal species.

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Odd John and Sirius

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Dover Publications #ad - After a strange birth and childhood, John is suddenly compelled to accept the fact that he is different. Olaf Stapledon is prominent. In the list of modern science fiction personalities, the late British philosopher and novelist W. Stapledon is capable of a great deal of humor and tongue-in-cheek description.

Sirius, a dog with superhuman mentality, although the logical successor to Odd John, who is not only superior to his own kind, deals with quite another being — an alien intelligence, artificially produced, but rejected by those with whom he has most in common. Stapledon uses his powers — intellectual, imaginative, and observant — to detail the conflict in its very "human" form.

Odd John and Sirius #ad - Odd john and Sirius are something else besides explorations of superbeings. What is more, he has to decide what to do with his gifts. For those in literature, in philosophy, in psychology, or even in the world as it now exists, the detailed histories of these two strange beings will be ones to ponder. The central question is: if and when a superior being is introduced into a culture, realistic conclusions which we, how will either survive? Stapledon’s answers are by no means romantic fantasies; they are the pathetic, one day, may be forced to accept.

Odd john is the definitive fictionalization of the mutated superman. Odd john and sirius are no less accurate in dealing with the problem in another guise. If anything, we have moved closer to the stage when conflict between superior and sapient man is imminent.

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Last Men in London

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Jovian Press #ad - It has no hero but man. Though this is a work of fiction, it does not pretend to be a novel. 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 universe. Since its purpose is not the characterization of individual human beings, no effort has been made to endow its few persons with distinctive personalities.

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Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future

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#ad - The enormous scope of this great classic makes it one of the finest future histories ever written, a true master work of science fiction. The classic future history of human intelligence from one of the fathers of science fiction. In his epic last and first men olaf stapledon decribes the evolution of mankind through the ages, but always developing new thoughts, descending to the depths of near-extinction at the next, reaching the very heights of civilization at one point, surviving onslaughts from other planets and overcoming the waning of solar energy, new abilities and new means of survival.

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The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

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Penguin Books #ad - Adam tooze's controversial new book challenges the conventional economic interpretations of that period to explore how Hitler's surprisingly prescient vision- ultimately hindered by Germany's limited resources and his own racial ideology-was to create a German super-state to dominate Europe and compete with what he saw as America's overwhelming power in a soon-to- be globalized world.

. An extraordinary mythology has grown up around the Third Reich that hovers over political and moral debate even today. The wages of destruction is a chilling work of originality and tremendous scholarship that is already setting off debate in Germany and will fundamentally change the way in which history views the Second World War.

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A Case of Conscience Del Rey Impact

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Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy #ad - It is generally regarded as an SF classic. Readers of isaac asimov’s foundation Trilogy, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, or Walter M. Miller Jr. S a canticle for leibowitz will find this award-winning novel a gripping, compelling exploration of some of the most intractable and important questions faced by the human species.

But they have no concept of God, no literature, and no art. But something darker lies beneath the surface: Do the Lithians pose a hidden threat? The answers that unfold could affect the fate of two worlds. Will ruiz-sanchez, do the right thing when confronted by a race that is alien to its core?  The Science Fiction Encyclopedia lauds A Case of Conscience as “one of the first serious attempts to deal with religion in science fiction, a priest driven by his deeply human understanding of good and evil, and it remains one of the most sophisticated.

A Case of Conscience Del Rey Impact #ad - Father ruiz-sanchez is a dedicated man, a Jesuit priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. Untroubled by greed or lust, they live in peace. A space-traveling jesuit priest confronts a moral but godless alien race in this Hugo Award–winning novel by the author of the Cities in Flight saga.

He doesn’t feel any genuine conflicts in his belief system—until he is sent to Lithia. The reptilian inhabitants of this distant world appear to be admirable in every way.

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Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke Collection

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RosettaBooks #ad - In the retro hugo award–nominated novel that inspired the Syfy miniseries, alien invaders bring peace to Earth—at a grave price: “A first-rate tour de force” The New York Times. Without conflict, human culture and progress stagnate. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development.

Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke Collection #ad - Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age .  .  . Clarke is a master. Los angeles Times. Their purpose is to dominate Earth. Or so it seems. In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind’s largest cities. Their demands, are surprisingly benevolent: end war, however, poverty, and cruelty.

Frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic .  .  . As the years pass, it becomes clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race that may not be as benevolent as it seems.

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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

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Mariner Books #ad - Dick skillfully explores the psychological ramifications of this nightmare. The new york times review of booksFlow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Campbell award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula. Jason taverner—world-famous talk show host and man-about-town—wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is—including the vast databases of the totalitarian government.

And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person’s identity be erased overnight? Dick is best known for— identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia—in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W.

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