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  • "I thought the book was fun to read and important in what it tries to accomplish." - Psychology Today
  • "As a transhumanist, I was pleased to discover the nonfiction children's book Gennady Stolyarov II and his wife Wendy Stolyarov recently created and published." - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)
  • "Not too grammatically complex, and not too excruciatingly simplistic, Death is Wrong is a blunt dose of reality, quick to the punch and holding nothing back. This is the book I wish I'd have read as a young child." - The Proactionary Transhumanist


  • "The language is just saccharine enough for children to dig into, but the portentous themes will strike deep, philosophical chords in adults. The overall message is positive: The way technology is headed, we should be able to continue discovering and doing the things we love indefinitely." - Fast Company


  • "The book makes a philosophical case for why death is the enemy. [...] Stolyarov also bucks the idea that aging inevitably means inching closer to death. He and other life-extension advocates make a point to differentiate between 'aging,' the passage of time, and 'senescence,' the biological breakdown of the body." - Motherboard


  • "Gennady Stolyarov II and his wife Wendy Stolyarov do not believe in death. They think science and technology can solve it and, until it does, we need to begin thinking that our end is not a foregone conclusion. [...] First, they think, the cultural perception of mortality has to be changed, and the best method to achieve that goal is to begin with teaching children." - Huffington Post


  • "The book, written for children ages eight and above, is filled with more text - not to mention more philosophic and scientific reasoning - than the average Dr. Seuss. [...] Its final message is a call to action: Dying is wrong, children, but through scientific progress you can make it right." - Mashable

About the Author

Gennady Stolyarov II is, above all, an individual who seeks to use ideas to change the world. He is an actuary, philosopher, amateur mathematician, composer, poet, and futurist. He has published The Rational Argumentator (http://rationalargumentator.com/), an online magazine for world-transforming ideas, since 2002. Mr. Stolyarov’s thousands of published works include articles, short stories, poems, videos, academic study guides, musical compositions, audio recordings, and fractal artworks. His online books, available for free download, include Eden against the Colossus, Implied Consent: A Play on the Sanctity of Human Life, A Rational Cosmology, The Best Self-Help is Free, and the Guide to Stolyarovian Shorthand. Mr. Stolyarov holds the professional insurance designations of Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Personal Insurance (API), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Accredited Insurance Examiner (AIE), and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Rational Argumentator Press (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615932045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615932040
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes, that's exactly what it is. This book is written for young readers (perhaps junior high age? It would be the sort of thing I might have read in 6th grade), but adult readers will find it compelling reading. It begins as autobiography, the story of the author's first realization of death at perhaps the age of 5, but quickly develops into a discussion of issues surrounding life extension and the history of thinking on the subject. The author does a very nice job introducing the philosophy of life extension and addressing objections to it. There's also a nice discussion of the biological research into life extension, and why we should expect it to be successful, and soon. The writing is clear and confident, and I enjoyed reading it. I think most people would.

The artwork deserves mention as well. Wendy Stolyarov's illustrations definitely add to the book. Her faces seem unusually expressive. The lovely art helps advance the positive nature of the book. Good stuff.

After reading it, I found myself wishing they'd write another one, fiction, or maybe even a graphic novel, portraying the story the cover art hints at -- a young boy ordering death away, forever, we'd hope. If they do, I'll buy it. In the meantime, I recommend this one without reservation. It's worth reading.

Disclaimer: both of the Stolyarovs are friends and former students of mine. They know I don't give praise lightly and that I criticize when I think it's due. The reader of this review should know, though, that I've known the author and illustrator since 2006.
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Fantastic read, even for an adult. Raised religiously, I never once thought of death as being wrong. Since ascending to atheism, I've accepted death as sad yet natural and unavoidable.

Not once have I ever considered that death is wrong; the concept is so obscure that I may never have thought of it myself. Sure, many times I've concluded that "death sucks." and "death is unfair" but that was the extent of my thoughts on the topic.

Now that I'm presented with the idea, I finally get it. Death is wrong. We're finally at a point in human history where we don't have to accept what we've been given naturally. We can decide our own future, we can make more time to do what we've always wanted to do, but never had time for.

Part of this book offered ideas on how one could spend their time, if one could live forever. Knowing that this book is tailored for children readers, I almost put the book down at that point because I don't need ideas on how I could spend extra time! Almost every day I feel like I don't have enough time to do the things I want to do. Regardless, the ideas in the book renewed my interest in several subjects, and sparked interest in subjects I would pursue, if given more time.

I am into space exploration. I thought the only way humans could possibly explore distant galaxies was to create robots who could take the time intensive trip to another place, then relay their experiences back to earth, hundreds or thousands of years later. The decedents of the creators who built the robots and launched the rockets would be able to enjoy the other world experiences, but the creators would be long gone.

If we make the change to remove death, our perception of time will change as well.
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This is the first book written about life extension and death for kids. I will be buying at least a hundred copies for the kids in my community!
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not a great book,but fun. to read and short. It has a hopeful belief in longevity. I share that.
s simplistic yet factual. I recommend it.
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This book is revolutionary. It's meant to change the world. And I think it will.

Mr. Stolyarov attacks the very notion of death as inevitable. And he calls it morally wrong. Altho' it may be initially shocking, what thoughtful or virtuous person can disagree with this? None that I can think of. Certainly none that have read this short but immensely powerful book.

'Death is Wrong' is marketed somewhat for children. And they'll indeed enjoy it immensely. But it seems mostly for adults. No-one over 18 will be bored with it, or find it slow-paced or simplistic. I was hugely educated by it. Who knew that certain animals lived past 500? Or certain plants past 5000? How aware are people of the remarkable successes that have already been achieved with expanding the lifespans of worms, fruit flies, and even mice?

'Death is Wrong' is a radical and wondrous book which couldn't be more important. I found it powerful and brilliant, and I recommend it to everybody!
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Professor Dale Carrico on his 'Amor Mundi' blog has (with razor wit and insight) completely destroyed the puny intellectual rationalizations and extremely flimsy philosophical foundations of the ridiculous "transhumanist" movement. In particular he more than makes the case that the bones of "transhumanism" are in fact : fascist, plutocratic elitist, sexist, racist and overwhelmingly adolescent ie the worst case of arrested development posing as science and sound thinking ; when it is in fact nothing more than terrible and gratingly naive science fiction which has had the temerity to form a little club for the lost fanboys, nerds and wannabee fascist dictators who live in efficiency apartments and are obsessed with Japanese anime. Some of these greasy manboys are libertarians, they are even more despicable and deluded. Ending death, even if possible, would only for these lads lead to one question : can I really play Dungeons and Dragons until the entropic heat death of the Universe and still remain sexually inexperienced? If Ayn Rand wrote terrible sci fi, that would be "transhumanism." Finally, transhumanists are profoundly anti-democratic and opposed to progressive politics, as their imaginary Robot God is gonna nano up some Cyber Paradise and bring on the Singularity Nerd Rapture (IN LESS THAN 20 YEARS) when we will be 'all watched over by Machines of Loving Grace.' They were saying "less than 20 years" to Machine Utopia back in the late 1980's when the middle brow lunatics Max and Natasha more started all this Extropian E-jacyoolation and Saturday morning kid's cartoon show rolling along on its square, lumpy wheels. Giving this book to a minor is child abuse, no different than warping kids' minds with the Book of Mormon.
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