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Last Human by Doug Naylor

Last Human (1995)

by Doug Naylor

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Doug Naylor's Last Human is the third Red Dwarf novel following Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers and Better Than Life, both of which Naylor co-authored with his Red Dwarf co-creator Rob Grant. Last Human picks up right where Better Than Life left off, though it deviates far more from the original series than the preceding novels. In many respects, that's a good thing as the story is original and not a variation on a familiar plot. Naylor's portrayal of the characters he co-created features everything fans of the show want to see while also offering further science fiction hi-jinks and a satisfying conclusion to their journey. Though Rob Grant wrote a fourth book, titled Backwards, that novel is an alternate sequel to Better Than Life rather than a continuation of Last Human. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Dec 13, 2016 |
Last Human by Doug Naylor is the third book based on the British science fiction comedy show Red Dwarf. The crew of Red Dwarf accidentally end up in an alternate dimension and they find an alternate copy of their transport ship Starbug with all the crew dead inside except for Lister. They set out on a quest to find what's become of the alternate Lister, but when they find him, he turns out to be a lot more different from Lister than they had imagined. I would say that overall this book wasn't quite as funny as the first two, but it still had parts that really made me laugh and it was full of exciting adventure, so was a pretty good read overall. I think it's definitely worth reading if you enjoyed the first two books.

This book picks up right where Better Than Life left off, so you should definitely read it and Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers before reading this book. There are bits and pieces from the show in this book, but the storyline itself is very different. It's not necessarily a bad thing though. It's pretty cool to read storylines that were never in the show. I'd just recommend not starting this book(or the others before it) until you finish watching the show to avoid confusion. ( )
  Kythe42 | Aug 24, 2014 |
Read and re-read in a tent on Bryer (Scilly Isles) during a rainy weeks' holiday. Fortunately, it's a great book and one of my favourites. ( )
  Tselja | May 2, 2010 |
This is Doug Naylor's first solo book, after the breakup of his Red Dwarf partnership with Rob Grant. This book deviates pretty wildly from the plot line developed by the TV series, although it does use some of the ideas from the series. Often these ideas are used in such a different way that it would be annoying if you were expecting a novelization of the series. This book also has more characters die than is normal for Red Dwarf, and I felt that often the deaths were unneeded. Apart from that this was a good quick read.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/Doug_Naylor/Last_Human.html ( )
  mikal | Dec 10, 2009 |
A bit weak, but it grows on you ( )
  jaygheiser | Jul 23, 2008 |
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