The Last Man (Early Classics of Science Fiction)

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Book by Cousin de Grainville JeanBaptiste Franois Xavier

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"Morton D. Paley describes Le dernier homme, written in the aftermath of the Terror of the French revolution and the violence of the Napoleonic wars, as 'the projection of a whole culture's anxiety about its own survival.' The same might be said of the revival of the Last Man narrative at the dawn of the twenty-first century...Given that Grainville's work touches upon all the problems bringing us to the point of apocalypse today, the need to revisit his work and the subgenre he founded now seems more compelling than ever." --Amy J. Ransom, Science Fiction Studies

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Originally published in French in 1805, The Last Man is a powerful story of the demise of the human race. Drawing on the traditional account in Revelations, The Last Man was the first end-of-the-world story in future fiction. As the first secular apocalypse story, The Last Man served as the departure point for many other speculative fictions of this type throughout the 19th century, including works by Shelley, Flammarion and Wells. Grainville's masterful imagination is evident in the vast scale of the action as Omegarus, the Last Adam, and Syderia, the Last Eve, are led toward the moment when "the light of the sun and the stars is extinguished." This is essential reading for anyone interested in the roots of apocalyptic science fiction.

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