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Immortal Engines: Life Extension and Immortality in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Proceedings of the J. Lloyd Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Lite) Paperback – July 1, 1996

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"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

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George Slusser is a professor of comparative literature and director of the Eaton Program for Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Gary Westfahl teaches at the University of California, Riverside. Eric S. Rabkin is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan.
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  • Series: Proceedings of the J. Lloyd Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Lite
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820317330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820317335
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saxen49 on May 30, 2011
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Contains many different takes on the topic with variable readability. Some papers are hard going, others in a conversational style. I was somewhat disappointed that much of the analysis relies on classic science fiction ideas with very little discussion about anything more recent than the 1980s; seemed odd and retrospective for an idea tied to recent advances in cellular biology and other technologies. It provides a good grounding in early and iconic sci-fi though. The paper containing the taxonomy of models for immortality is well worth reading - excellent overview of tropes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia on October 24, 2002
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A variety of articles of criticism show up here, of various length and dryness, but most are rather interseting, drawing on ancient mythology or even biblical mythology to prove a point. Some articles are easier to get than others, depending on what the reader has read. Anyone who's read Neuromancer by William Gibson might want to take a peek.
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