Introduction

THE LAST MAN. Never published in Howard’s lifetime. Howard told Tevis Clyde Smith in a letter from August 4, 1923 (Letter #5):

I shall write a story entitled “The Last Man” as a warning to the white races. If the West falls before the East, it won’t be because I haven’t warned the white races. Well, maybe if I progress, which I doubt much, in a few years I’ll become such a nuisance that the Dalai Lama will take notice of me and my career will end suddenly.

Alternate title:

UNTITLED STORY (The flaming sun of the year 2000 . . .)

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