SF Masterwork of the Week: Last and First Men

One of the most extraordinary, imaginative and ambitious novels of the century: a history of the evolution of humankind over the next 2 billion years.

Among all science fiction writers Olaf Stapledon stands alone for the sheer scope and ambition of his work. First published in 1930, Last and First Men is full of pioneering speculations about evolution, terraforming, genetic engineering and many other subjects.


This book changed my life . . . His future scenarios still remain awe-inspiring

~ Arthur C. Clarke


 His influence is probably second only to that of H.G. Wells

~ The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction


Last and First Men is available as an SF Masterworks paperback and an SF Gateway eBook. You can find more of Olaf Stapledon’s books at his author page on the SF Gateway website, and read more about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.