Immortal Engines

Life Extension and Immortality in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Pages: 260

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 07/01/1996

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1733-5

List Price: $34.95


Pub Date: 04/01/2017

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5242-8

List Price: $84.95

Immortal Engines

Life Extension and Immortality in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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These nineteen original essays seek to recontextualize the subject of immortality, examining its influence as an ancient human aspiration while at the same time considering new scientific advances and their impact on life and literature. Grouped in three broad categories, the essays provide key information about and concepts of immortality, examine science fiction stories and scientific research to consider the prospects and possible effects of achieving immortality, and discuss immortality and life extension as literary themes. The topics the essays focus on, as well as the perspectives of the contributors, range widely: genetics, cryonics, Marxism, Darwinism, cyberspace, feminist writing, religion, Italian science fiction, film, children's literature, video games, and comic books.

This intriguing anthology not only surveys the imagined mechanics of achieving and withstanding immortality in science fiction, but also at moments tentatively questions our culture's avoidance of that middle ground between fantasies of perpetual youth and dreams of endless life: the increasingly common reality of a greatly protracted old age.

Science-Fiction Studies

About the Author/Editor

George Slusser (Editor)
GEORGE SLUSSER is a professor comparative literature and director of the Eaton Program for Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including Styles of Creation (Georgia).

Gary Westfahl (Editor)
GARY WESTFAHL teaches at the University of California, Riverside.