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The Immortalist Paperback – Feb 1 1977


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (Feb. 1 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890871353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890871355
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,697,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Classic work from 1969 calling for an immortality program June 21 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"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
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Best Case for Conquering Death Till Now Nov. 23 2001
By Jack Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A very inspiring read. Alan Harrington mustered the best case for conquering Old Age and Death in 1969. But he was a bit too much ahead of the science. Did not have stem-cell research and the coming-of-age of biotech and genetic engineering and cloning. So in the end he was a bit tentative. You should buy book anyway. It is an Immortalist standard.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic Feb. 1 2007
By Dr. Zoom - Published on Amazon.com
I came across this in my University library a few years ago, and I checked it out. At the time I didn't know who Alan Harrington was, but I read this book and other than the fact that some sections have a few outdated examples of technology due to the age of this book, it was a great explanation and argument of the immortalist mindset.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A very thought-provoking book Aug. 9 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The time has come to kill Death."

This book reviews the possibility of making people immortal and examines the philosophical and other consequences of doing so. It is a wonderful concept, and turns the book into a model giant essay, providing an excuse for examining the key role that death plays in human civilization. They don't write 'em like this any more.

Someone should start writing The New Immortalist. It's about time.
A Manifesto for Defeating Mortality Ahead of it's Time Dec 15 2014
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Perhaps even more meaningful and inspiring today than it was nearly a half century ago, Harrington delivers both an illuminating historical perspective and call to action for practical science-based "immortality" vs. superstitious religious-based immortality. The Immortalist both anticipated and effectively answered arguments against life extension which unfortunately still rage today, reflected in one of the latest examples, being Aubrey de Gray's debate at Oxford last year.

A classic which should have been converted to e-book long ago, well worth the time to seek out at the library, and barring that, well worth the extra money for anyone who believes in the ultimate potential of the human race to eventually overcome it's own mortality.

On a side note: A perfect supplement to Harrington's Utopia chapter is Asimov's "The Last Question", free for download.

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