Last Men in London

Author: Olaf Stapledon

Publisher: Jovian Press

ISBN: 1537809032

Category: Fiction

Page: 428

View: 5204

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

Last Men in London

Author: William Olaf Stapledon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9635229143

Category: Fiction

Page: 213

View: 9577

Last Men in London (1932) is a science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon. The narrator is the same member of the eighteenth and final human species who purportedly induced Stapledon to write Last and First Men. Last Men in London is the story of this being's exploration of the consciousness of a present-day Englishman named Paul, from childhood through service with an ambulance crew in the First World War (mirroring Stapledon's own personal history) to adult life as a schoolteacher faced with a "submerged superman" in his class nicknamed Humpty. The inadequacies of Paul's character, the various dilemmas he has to face during his life, and the occasional influence of the advanced being who shares his experiences, provide Stapledon with a semi-autobiographical platform on which to expound his philosophical and moral beliefs.

An Olaf Stapledon Reader

Author: Olaf Stapledon,Robert Crossley

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815604303

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 314

View: 6989

Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950) - philosopher, novelist, educator, and social activist - had an imagination unlike that of any other author. Along with H. G. Wells he is remembered as one of the most original pioneers of twentieth-century science fiction. This anthology of Stapledon's work offers many of his fictional gems, including sections of his best-known novels, Last and First Men, Darkness and the Light, and Star Maker, and the complete test of a novella, The Flames: A Fantasy and the story "Old Man in New World." Many previously unpublished writings, such as Stapledon's essays, poems, memoirs, and letters round out this collection.

The Last Man in London

Rogues and Gentlemen Book 9

Author: Emma Leech

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781722120894

Category:

Page: 256

View: 2090

Dinah Osborne needs a husband and she needs one now. Not just any man will do. To meet the terms of her rather eccentric grandfather's will, she must be safely engaged to marry a man of worth before her twenty-first birthday or she'll not receive a penny of her rather large inheritance. Sadly her social climbing grandfather's notions of worth and her own are not in the least alike, and nothing but a Lord will satisfy the terms of his will. But Dinah is alone in the world and has no entry into the select ranks of the ton. She does, however, know a thing or two about blackmail.Lord Benjamin Lancaster is a determined rake, a hardened gambler, and the kind of man who fills Dinah with disgust. However a title is a title, and she's quite content to use him for her own ends.Yet her fake fiancé is not quite as easy to handle as Dinah had hoped, and he's determined to have more for his trouble than the financial reward promised him. Dinah is not immune to his deep blue eyes or his dark charm, but it doesn't change the fact that he's the last man in London that she would ever give her heart to ...

Lanterne Rouge

Der letzte Mann der Tour de France

Author: Max Leonard

Publisher: Osburg Verlag

ISBN: 3955101258

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 8515

Als letzter durch's Ziel zu gehen ist normalerweise kein Grund zu feiern. Doch wenn man ein Radrennen über dreitausend Kilometer bestreitet, bei gnadenlosem Wetter Bergketten bezwingt, wenn man diese Herausforderung meistert, und zwar in der langsamsten Zeit, ist man dann wirklich ein Verlierer? Lanterne Rouge, die inoffizielle Bezeichnung für die Letztplatzierung bei der Tour de France, benannt nach den roten Rücklichtern am letzten Waggon einer Eisenbahn, ist längst viel mehr als bloß ein Trostpreis. Max Leonard widmet sich in seinem ganz und gar außergewöhnlichen Buch den vergessenen, inspirierenden, teilweise absurden Geschichten der Letztplatzierten seit 1903. Wir erfahren von Etappensiegern und ehemaligen Gelben-Trikot-Trägern, die auch das Leben am anderen Ende des Hauptfeldes kennengelernt haben. Von Ausbrechern, die für eine Flasche Wein angehalten haben, um sich dann zu verfahren, und von Gedopten, deren Cocktails sie versehentlich langsamer gemacht haben. Max Leonard stellt Betrachtungen an, die weit über die Welt des Spitzensports und der Leistungsphilosophie hinausgehen und uns einladen zu hinterfragen, was Erfolg wirklich bedeutet.

Das Science Fiction Jahr 2011

Author: Sascha Mamczak,Sebastian Pirling,Wolfgang Jeschke

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641085306

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 1316

Unverzichtbar für jeden, der mit der Zukunft Schritt halten will! Future Histories – jetzt erst recht! Wie sieht unsere Welt in Hunderten, Tausenden, Millionen von Jahren aus? Welches Schicksal erwartet uns am äußersten Rand der Zeit? Neben solchen makrohistorischen Fragen widmet sich das „Science-Fiction-Jahr 2011” verstärkt dem Auftreten der Science Fiction in den alten und neuen Medien unserer Gegenwart. Außerdem: Essays, Interviews, Rezensionen, Marktberichte und vieles mehr...

Kriegslicht

Roman

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446261338

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9824

Nach Kriegsende wird der vierzehnjährige Nathaniel mit seiner Schwester Rachel von den Eltern in London zurückgelassen. Der geheimnisvolle „Falter", der sie in Obhut genommen hat, und dessen exzentrische Freunde kümmern sich fürsorglich um sie. Wer aber sind diese Menschen wirklich? Und was hat es zu bedeuten, dass die Mutter nach langem Schweigen aus dem Nichts wieder zurückkehrt? „Meine Sünden sind vielfältig", wiederholt sie, mehr gibt sie nicht preis. Als er erwachsen ist, beginnt Nathaniel die geheime Vergangenheit seiner Mutter als Spionin im Kalten Krieg aufzuspüren. Fünfundzwanzig Jahre nach dem „Englischen Patienten" hat Michael Ondaatje ein neues Meisterwerk geschrieben.

Letzter Mann im Turm

Roman

Author: Aravind Adiga

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406621570

Category: Fiction

Page: 515

View: 5596

Eine Geschichte um Geld und Macht, Luxus und Entbehrung, ein breites Gemälde der Menschen in Bombay und nicht zuletzt das Porträt einer brodelnden Stadt – «Der letzte Mann im Turm» wirft einen tiefen Blick in die Herzen und Köpfe der Bewohner einer Mega-City – einfache Menschen, die an einem Ort ohne Grenzen an ihre Grenzen getrieben werden. Wen man in Bombay auch nach der «Vishram Society» fragen würde – Turm A der «Vishram Cooperative Wohnungsbaugesellschaft» –, jeder würde sagen, dass diese Wohnanlage in der Nähe des Flughafens und am Rande von Slums dennoch eine gute Adresse ist. Aber nicht nur Bombay hat sich in den letzten fünfzig Jahren verändert – und heißt jetzt Mumbai –, auch der Immobilienmarkt – überall in Mumbai wird abgerissen, Neues gebaut und viel frisches Geld ist im Umlauf. Als der Immobilientycoon Dharmen Shah den Bewohnern der Vishram Society das Angebot macht, sie rauszukaufen, damit er einen Luxusapartment-Komplex errichten kann, ist sein Angebot mehr als großzügig. Aber nicht jeder ist bereit, auszuziehen und dafür viel Geld mitzunehmen, das Angebot gilt jedoch nur, wenn alle zustimmen! Die Anspannung steigt unter den Bewohnern, und einer, der pensionierte Lehrer Masterji, einst am meisten respektiert, ist nun das Hindernis für diesen Deal. Shah ist ein gefährlicher Gegner, aber auch alte Freunde können zu Feinden werden ...

Olaf Stapledon

Speaking for the Future

Author: Robert Crossley

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815602811

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 474

View: 9085

William Olaf Stapledon is best remembered for the extraordinary works of speculative fiction he published between 1930 and 1950. As a novelist, he was known as the spokesman for the Age of Einstein and has influenced writers as diverse as Virginia Woolf, Arthur C. Clarke, and Doris Lessing. This biography is the first to draw on a vast body of unpublished and private documents - interviews, correspondence, archival material, and papers in private hands - to reveal fully the internal struggles that shaped Stapledon's life and reclaim for public attention a distinctive voice of the modern era. Late in his life in an unpublished "letter to the future" Stapledon unwittingly provided the rationale for his biography: "It is just possible that my very obscurity may fit me to speak more faithfully for my period than any of its great unique personalities". A pacifist in World War I, an advocate of European unity and world government, one of the first teachers in the Workers' Educational Association, and an early protestor against apartheid, Stapledon turned utopian beliefs into practical politics. With roots in the shipping worlds of Devon, Liverpool, and the Suez Canal, he was transformed from a self-described provincial on the margins of English literary and political life into a visionary idealist who attracted the attention of scientists, journalists, and novelists, and, given his left-wing political affiliations, even the F.B.I. Stapledon's novels - Last and First Men, Star Maker, Odd John, and Sirius - have gathered a passionate following, and they have seldom been out of print in the last twenty-five years. But the personal experiences and political commitments that shaped this creativework have, until now, barely been known. Robert Crossley's work reveals how, in public and in private, in his social activism as in his fiction, Olaf Stapledon embodied many of the modern era's anxieties and hopes that allow his works to continue to speak to and for the future.

Theory of Mind and Science Fiction

Author: N. Pagan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137399120

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 79

View: 4679

Theory of Mind and Science Fiction shows how theory of mind provides an exciting 'new' way to think about science fiction and, conversely, how science fiction sheds light not only on theory of mind but also empathy, morality, and the nature of our humanity.

The Last Man in Tehran

A Novel

Author: Mark Henshaw

Publisher: Touchstone

ISBN: 150116127X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2919

Decorated current CIA analyst Mark Henshaw continues the “authentic, compelling, and revealing” (Jason Matthews) Red Cell series following agent Kyra Stryker who must work to save the CIA from being torn apart by a mole at the highest echelons, with the help of recently retired analyst, Jonathan Burke. When a dirty bomb goes off in an Israeli port, Israel’s feared intelligence service—the Mossad—unleashes their most deadly assassins across the globe. They suspect that Iran supplied the radioactive material used in the attack, and Israel will protect the homeland by any means necessary. Meanwhile at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Kyra Stryker is just settling in to her new position: chief of the Red Cell, the CIA’s special ops think tank. Soon after the attack on Israel, the CIA discovers evidence that a mole in Langley is helping Mossad wage its covert war. The FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation led by an ambitious special agent, who quickly identifies a suspect. Not convinced that the FBI has the right man, Stryker asks for help from her former mentors—now-retired Red Cell Chief Jonathan Burke and his wife, former CIA Director Kathryn Cooke—to protect the convenient scapegoat, find the truth, and convince Mossad to stop its assassination campaign before a world war overtakes the Middle East. Kyra’s campaign takes her to Iran, where she uncovers kidnapping, torture, back-channel diplomacy, and an illegal op, but also finds help from the most unlikely source she could imagine. “[A] taut plot” (Publishers Weekly), The Last Man in Tehran is a deeply satisfying, fascinating and thrilling novel by a real-life CIA analyst.

A Question of Time

J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faërie

Author: Verlyn Flieger

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 9780873386999

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

View: 5756

Tolkien's concern with time - past and present, real and faerie - captures the wonder of travel into other worlds and other times. This work shows that he was not just a mythmaker and writer of escapist fantasy but a man whose relationship to his own century was troubled and critical.

Jack London: a Man in Search of Meaning

A Jungian Perspective

Author: Stewart Gabel

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1477283331

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

View: 7344

Jack London was the best known and probably the most widely read American author at the turn of the 20th century. London was interested in the issues of who humans are in relation to one another, to other species, and to life itself. Much of London's life and writing can be viewed from psychological perspectives as an exploration of the issue of meaning in life generally and as a quest for meaning in his own life. C. G. Jung was an early psychoanalyst who broke from Freud and established his own school of analytical psychology. Jung was himself intensely concerned with the issue of meaning. For Jung, the "decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not?" (page 325). Jack London certainly would have agreed with the crucial nature of this question. In Jack London: A Man in Search of Meaning. Jungian Perspectives, the author uses the prism of analytical psychology to examine London's life and quest for meaning from deeply psychological and archetypal perspectives that are revealed in London's writings, both fictional and nonfictional. The book begins with a brief biographical sketch and personality description of Jack London. This is followed by a focus on the question of meaning in his life. The next chapter addresses the issue of meaning from the perspective of analytical psychology (Jung). Selected fiction from three periods in London's career is considered analytically in subsequent chapters. These periods are his early adult, middle and last years. The discussion of each work of fiction is preceded by a brief biographical statement of events in London's life at the time of the writing and a brief review of the narrative. A concluding chapter summarizes London's quest for meaning and where it might have led him from the perspectives of analytical psychology if he had lived beyond his untimely death at 40 years of age. There are two appendices. One contains a longer biographical statement (Appendix A). The second (Appendix B) provides longer, more detailed summaries of the works that are discussed. These longer descriptions include quotes from the texts, themselves, that reveal the immediacy, passion and soulful flavor of so much of London's writings.

Die Flüsse von London

Roman

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423414936

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 1740

»Können Sie beweisen, dass Sie tot sind?« Peter Grant ist Police Constable in London mit einer ausgeprägten Begabung fürs Magische. Was seinen Vorgesetzten nicht entgeht. Auftritt Thomas Nightingale, Polizeiinspektor und außerdem der letzte Zauberer Englands. Er wird Peter in den Grundlagen der Magie ausbilden. Ein Mord in Covent Garden führt den frischgebackenen Zauberlehrling Peter auf die Spur eines Schauspielers, der vor 200 Jahren an dieser Stelle den Tod fand. »Mein Name ist Peter Grant. Ich bin seit Neuestem Police Constable und Zauberlehrling, der erste seit fünfzig Jahren. Mein Leben ist dadurch um einiges komplizierter geworden. Jetzt muss ich mich mit einem Nest von Vampiren in Purley herumschlagen, einen Waffenstillstand zwischen Themsegott und Themsegöttin herbeiführen, Leichen in Covent Garden ausgraben. Ziemlich anstrengend, kann ich Ihnen sagen – und der Papierkram!«

Erledigt in Paris und London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257602464

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5382

Nach seiner Demission als Polizeioffizier in Burma landet Orwell 1933 in den Slums: bei den Arbeitslosen, Asozialen in Paris, wo er sich als Küchenhilfe in einem Luxusrestaurant verdingt; bei den Pennern von London, mit denen er durch die Gossen und Asyle pilgert. Der unsentimentale, erschütternde Bericht eines Betroffenen.