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Preview — Immortality, Inc. by Robert Sheckley
Thomas Blaine awoke in a white bed in a white room, and heard someone say, "He's alive now." Then they asked him his n ...more
Emilio “I should’ve hung it up after The Outsiders” Estevez,
Mick “Acting be damned, I’m a rock god and can star in any movie I please, so suck it” Jagger, and
Sir Anthony “Who do I have to blow to get out of doing this movie…really…fine I’ll do the movie” Hopkins.
That movie was an infected wart and had nothing in common with this book.
Nothing. Ignore its existence.
On the other hand, f ...more
On the surface, the story ...more
This one deals with a future in which life beyond death is scientific fact, if a somewhat ambiguous one. Lots of room for discussion of mind/body problems and weird test-case variations, but a lot of this is brushed aside with cursory treatment in favor of action. This, along with the sorta iffy pacing at least at first, really shows that this was written as a serial, which never really works best for novels. And Our p ...more
The novel is actually very funny and the future New York and future earth seems plausible. At just under 200 pages, it's a quick read.
Immortality Inc. unfortunately is forever tied to the v ...more
Thomas Blaine died in a car accident in 1958. He is brought back to life in a new body in 2110. The book is Blaine's adventures in the future, and as he explores the world he finds himself in, he ponders often on those three questions. Where, who and what am I? This is a good example of old school science fiction with quasi-scientific sounding explanations for things, but it's really an excuse to examine what it is to be human. Blaine's encounters are numerous: w ...more
I have enjoyed this book quite immensely. It has a great character to start off with, some intrigues here and there, and the whole world of 2110 to deal wit ...more
Combines several popular tropes: transmigration of minds / reincarnation, corporate manipulation of the state, zombies, hauntings, and humans hunting humans. ...more
Unfortunately, I was unable to entirely focus on that, and was happily and amusedly distracted by how many of Sheckley's then-present elements made it into his future. Sure, I understand that "fu ...more
In short and particular, the story is of a man who finds suddenly finds himself in the future. His mind is plucked out moments from death from a car crash in 1958, and placed in a new body in 2110. Thomas Blaine ventures out to learn and discover the society of 2110.
During his adventures, he is chased by poltergeists, zombies, and hunters. He is eventually joined by Marie Thorne, as a romantic interest that he later discovers had a hand in his death and rein ...more
ANONIMA ALDILÀ Uscito originariamente su "Galaxy", questo romanzo rimane uno dei testi chiave di Sheckley e di tutta la social sf americana. Ma il bello è che l'avventura e l'azione regnano incontrastate fin dalle prime pagine, dove si affaccia l'ipotesi che la morte non sia la fine di tutto, quanto un nuovo (e indesiderato?) inizio. Se vi chiamate Thomas Blaine e ripensate alle tragiche circostanze del vostro trapasso, vi accorgerete che persino in quell'occasione hanno cercato di fregarvi. Per...more
I'm not giving up on Sheckley--anyone with premises as interesting as his must be read--but I am going to try the short stories as I feel those are probably a be ...more
There's some zombies, although th ...more
Thus was Thomas Blaine introduced to the year 2110, where science had discovered the technique of transferring a man's consciousness from one body to another. Where a man's mind could be snatched from the past, when his body was at the point of death, and brought forward into ...more
Basically, this guy Blaine dies in a car accident in the 1950s and is resurrected in a new body by an evil corporation in 2110. In the future, most of the notable advances have been psychic/spiritua ...more
Thomas Blaine was driving down the New Jersey Turnpike when his car suddenly swerves and crashes into oncoming traffic. When he wakes up he hears someone say, “He’s alive now”, followed by a discussion of his ‘death trauma’. Thomas soon discovers that he has been snatched from the moment of death, transported t ...more
Romanas apie žmogų, kuris iš praeities pernešamas kūnu - nešiku į ateitį, kur fizinis kūnas ir sąmonė gali laisvai būti atskirti vienas n ...more
Решението на “Колибри” да преиздадат класиците може само да бъде адмирирано предвид по-лесния достъп до тях. Затова с удоволствие започвам с представянето на тяхната поредица "Галактики” с Робърт Шекли и двата романа, сбрани в едно тяло - “Корпорация “Безсмъртие” и “Цивилизация на статуса”.
Бих казал, сполучлива комбинация – тематиката е различна, но стилът има определени схо ...more