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First Immortal

Halperin, James

Editore: Del Rey, 1998
ISBN 10: 0345420926 / ISBN 13: 9780345420923
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Titolo: First Immortal

Casa editrice: Del Rey

Data di pubblicazione: 1998

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro: New


Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In his astonishing first novel, The Truth Machine, James Halperin envisioned a future world radically changed by the invention of a totally foolproof lie detector .and its subsequent effect on crime, justice, and privacy. Now he once again examines the extraordinary benefits -- and moral implications -- of future scientific breakthroughs in a stunning novel of the triumph over death itself.Cryonically frozen after his death, brilliant physician Benjamin Smith is restored to life eighty-three years later in the world of wonders that is the year 2071 -- where cutting-edge science, as practiced by Smith's own great-grandson, has made eternal youth, beauty, and good health universally available, and the perfection of cloning has given humanity the godlike power to re-create living beings again and again. But even as they marvel at the miracles of future science, Ben Smith and his eternal family realize that the deepest ethical and emotional dilemmas of humankind, and their own entangled lives, remain unsolved.A novel about relationships, inheritance, human nature, and the true meaning of mortality, THE FIRST IMMORTAL is a feast for thought in an age when science could soon turn speculative fiction into spectacular fact.-. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0345420926

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Riassunto: In his astonishing first novel, James L. Halperin wrote of humanity's epoch-making achievement of truth and justice at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Now Halperin takes his luminous vision a leap further into the future as he unfolds this magnificent saga of our triumph over death itself.

At the age of sixty-three, Benjamin Smith, accomplished physician, loving father and grandfather, brilliantly original thinker, is in the prime of his life. He is too vital, too gifted, to die of the massive heart attack that overwhelms his system on a rain-soaked spring day in 1988.

But Ben Smith will not die. A pioneering advocate of the infant science of cryonics, Ben has arranged to have his body frozen until the day when humanity will possess the knowledge, the technology, and the courage to revive him.

That day arrives far more quickly--and far more strangely--than anyone could possibly imagine. For when Ben resumes life after a frozen interval of eighty-three years, the world is altered beyond recognition. Thanks to the cutting-edge science of nanotechnology, as practiced by Ben's brilliant great-grandson, Trip Crane III, eternal youth, beauty, and good health are universally available. And the perfection of cloning gives humanity the godlike power to recreate living beings from a single cell.

As one by one, Ben's mother, children, even a semblance of his beloved wife return to life in the mid-twenty-first century, the Smiths experience a complex reunion that reaches across and through generations. But as they marvel at the miracles of future science, Ben and his family will come to realize that the deepest ethical and emotional dilemmas of humankind--and of their own entangled lives--remain unsolved.

Recensione: In 1988, Benjamin Franklin Smith suffers a massive coronary and is placed into cryonic suspension, igniting a storm of controversy among his suspicious relatives. In 2072, on his 147th birthday, he is reanimated by his great-grandson, rejoining a world in which such procedures--along with eugenic selection, virtual reality, and nanotechnology--have become commonplace. Ben's friends, children, grandchildren ,and mother are also given second chances in this brave new world; technology has even made it possible for Ben to have his dead wife cloned as an infant, raised by their son (also frozen and revived) to an adulthood in which she marries him again.

If this sounds a bit bewildering and overwhelming, it is, but it's also fascinating and often has the ring of genuine prediction. As in Halperin's first novel, The Truth Machine, the technology is always front and center, but this is ultimately a story of people and the political and sociological implications of near immortality.

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