"Death is an imposition on the human race, and no longer acceptable."
That's the first sentence, and it gives a good feel for the book. Harrington spends too much time on psycho-babble, analysing our fear of both death and immortality. Some is interesting and some not. But he displays clear thinking about what it will take to end the certainty of old age and death as an unavoidable fate for every human being -- barring accident or disease, of course. It's an intriguing idea passionately presented. The Discus/Avon paperback from 1970 has an eye-catching painting on the cover (no credit, alas) of an old man standing knee-deep in the ocean, his skin peeling away to reveal -- a young man