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.
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
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.
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.
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