The Immortalist Paperback – Feb 1 1977
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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
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 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.