You CAN judge this book by its cover- its striking, mysterious and crying out to be read! "Last Human" has been acclaimed by critics, but is sadly disliked by fans. People must realise was not written as a witty space romp, but as a more serious minded (and deeply soulful) Sci Fi thiller. Its dark story is proberbly the result of being written in the difficult years after series 6. If you read between the lines you may notice symbolic references to the problems the writers and cast were having at that time. However, love it or hate it, you have to admit its quite a piece of work. While not quite reaching the dizzy heights of Grant Naylors original masterpiece "Infinity welcomes careful drivers", this novel acceeds the other two sequels with fierce orginality, wild invention and palpable suspence. An evil, psychotic version of Lister actually makes a much more disturbing villian than the Robot killing machines in "Backwards". I particually gripped by the raid on Cyberia, and I swear that when "The Rage" shows up you will find it very hard to put the book down. There is some awesome artwork in here too, and I'd also recommend an audio cassette read beautifully by Craig Charles. The only thing "Last Human" is really missing is Holly. Hopefully Doug Naylor will find him again in a follow up.