Book Reviews of Last and First Men and Star Maker : Two Science Fiction Novels

Last and First Men and Star Maker : Two Science Fiction Novels
Last and First Men and Star Maker Two Science Fiction Novels
Author: William Olaf Stapledon
ISBN-13: 9780486219622
ISBN-10: 0486219623
Publication Date: 6/1/1968
Pages: 438
Rating:
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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2.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Dover Publications
Book Type: Paperback
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Seems a bit long-winded at first but it's required in order to set up the initial conditions. Stick with it. Ultimatly absolutly mind-blowing.
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A classic science fiction work, an inspiration (supposedly) for C.S. Lewis's classics
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For me this was completely unreadable. The prose style was terrible - dry as dust - and the content was inaccurate, boring, and offensive. The first 30 pages are full of nationalistic and racial stereotypes that seemed just silly to my mind. I know it was written in 1931 and a lot has changed in the intervening years, but I simply couldn't find a way to make this readable.

Stapledon may be one of the greats of early SF, but I found this just plain bad. I didn't finish it, and I'm happy to pass it on to others who might find something in it that I missed.