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The Harvest Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1994

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (April 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553292218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553292213
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,014,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first aliens to contact Earth, mysterious beings called the Travellers, bring the gift of immortality to those humans who choose to accept it--and the price it exacts. While most people leap at the chance to live forever, even at the cost of their humanity, a few hold on to their mortality and find themselves the inheritors of a strangely transformed future. This latest novel by the author of A Bridge of Years (LJ 8/91) combines expert storytelling with a thoughtful exploration of the bond between mortality and the human condition. A good choice for most libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on Jan. 26 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. A kind of "Childhood's End" and secularized Christian Rapture rolled into one. The author writes like Wyndham or Wells, in that the narrator is part of the action but also dispassionately observing the flow. The protagonist of course wishes to have none of it. While everyone has answered the Big Question of immortality in the affirmative, he is skeptical of apotheosis and throws in his lot on the side of his own mortality. In the end, immortality is at a price, assimilation. The book casts a spell of mystery over the reader in that the aliens and their purpose is never revealed. One wonders if our species is really gullable to the point that any confidence artist coming down the celestial highway pedaling immortality in the form of the savior would make us sell our souls for it. Is the novel a satire then of our moral turpitude or a call to existential redemption? I wish the author would give us more wonderful stories.
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I like to think I'm widely read. This book is, without a doubt, my absolute favourite. The concept of humans changing into immortal/mortal creatures which are gentle but terrify those who refused the gift is enthralling. The characters are each unique, the plot strange and captivating, the writing gentle and curious. No offence to Dr. Wheeler, but without a doubt I would say "Yes". The chance to have eternal life which constantly alters and changes you would be too much to pass up. Wilson outlines this so well you find yourself wishing this book could be real.
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By A Customer on July 4 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book reminded me of a Dean Koontz novel but with a little more substance and without the golden retriever. Wilson asks the question, what does it mean to be human? Aliens settle in orbit around earth and ask humans if they would like to live forever. However, living forever would mean becoming something not exactly human but perhaps better. 10% of the world population, including the protagonist, decide not to take them up on their offer. The book then follows the adventures of the hero and his few companions who have also declined the aliens' "gift"
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Found in a secondhand book store I'd say this is due for a re-print. Posing a lot of deep questions If you could could be immortal would you want to be ? If you had imense power and technology would/could you still do the right thing ? Dose better communications mean we would be more ? Human ? Kinder ? Understanding ? Weaker ? Can we generalise about people ?
All wrapped up in a pretty realistic story, the ending was a little dissapointing maybe because some of the questions don't have answers but just pose more questions.
A Great Read - enjoy.
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WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE FOEVER? THAT IS THE QUESTION OF THIS POWERFUL AND HAUNTING SF CLASSIC.WILSON TELLS US THE STORY OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF ALIENS WERE ABLE TO GRANT ONE OF MANKIND'S OLDEST DREAMS:IMMORTALITY AND WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF SOME PEOPLE SAID YES TO IT AND OTHERS SAID NO.WE SEE THIS THROUGH THE EYES OF A SMALL
TOWN DOCTOR WHO SAYS NO BUT HIS DAUGHTER SAYS YES.THE NOVEL RAISES THE QUESTION ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE HUMAN AND WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR YOU
TO GIVE UP YOUR HUMANITY.
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Why are all the best books out of print? And why didn't this man get some sort of award for this book? It was an old topic explored in an original way. I read this on a road trip from Ohio to Florida, and I will tell you, I hated when I had to take my turn driving. I could not get my mind off of this book from page one until the end. What an excellent storyteller this author is!
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