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The Last Man

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The Last Man

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Author: Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville
I. F. Clarke
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press, 2003
Original French publication, 1805
Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction: Book 43
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic
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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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