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The Last Theorem

Author: Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 05/03/2009
Pages: 448
ISBN: 978-0-00-729002-4

The final work from the brightest star in science fiction’s galaxy. Arthur C Clarke, who predicted the advent of communication satellites and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey completes a lifetime career in science fiction with a masterwork.

30 light years away, a race known simply as the One Point Fives are plotting a dangerous invasion plan, one that will wipe humankind off the face of the Earth…

Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a young astronomy student, Ranjit Subramanian, becomes obsessed with a three-hundred-year-old theorem that promises to unlock the secrets of the universe. While Ranjit studies the problem, tensions grow between the nations of the world and a UN taskforce headed up by China, America and Russia code-named Silent Thunder begins bombing volatile regimes into submission.

On the eve of the invasion of Earth a space elevator is completed, helped in part by Ranjit, which will herald a new type of Olympics to be held on the Moon. But when alien forces arrive Ranjit is forced to question his own actions, in a bid to save the lives of not just his own family but of all of humankind.

Co-written with fellow grand master Frederik Pohl, The Last Theorem not only provides a fitting end to the career one of the most famous names in science fiction but also sets a new benchmark in contemporary prescient science fiction. It tackles with ease epic themes as diverse as third world poverty, the atrocities of modern warfare in a post-nuclear age, space elevators, pure mathematics and mankind’s first contact with extra-terrestrials.

  • ‘Arthur Clarke is one of the true geniuses of our time’Ray Bradbury
  • ‘Arthur C. Clarke is the prophet of the space age’The Times
  • ‘A one-man literary Big Bang, Clarke has originated his own vast and teeming futurist universe’Sunday Times
  • ‘The most consistently able writer science fiction has yet produced’ Kingsley Amis on Frederik Pohl
  • ‘In his grasp of scientific and technological possibilities, Pohl ranks with Asimov and Clarke, but he has greater originality than either’ Sunday Times
  • ‘I want to be remembered most as a writer – one who entertained readers, and, hopefully, stretched their imagination as well’ Arthur C Clarke