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The Long Habit Of Living

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  308 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In the 21st century, immortality via the complex operation known as the Stileman Process is attainable by a few wealthy and determined individuals, but the motivations that drive humans to live forever remain shrouded in mystery until "immortals" Dallas Barr and Maria Marconi stumble across a dangerous secret and find themselves fleeing for their lives--which have suddenly ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 1990 by New English Library (first published June 1989)
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Oct 01, 2013 Robert added it
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A techno-conspiracy thriller where Immortaility is medically possible, aside from accident or murder but the procedure must be repeated every ten years or so and you must hand over all your worldly goods to the Foundation that monopolises the procedure in order to get it done - additionally, you must be able to give at least a million every time.


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What if you could live for centuries, or perhaps longer... at the price of 1 million dollars every 10 years?

The resourceful men and women who are able to do so find themselves in a bit of a situation when the longevity process comes into question, and some "immortals" begin to meet untimely deaths.

Is it a conspiracy, or is there a fix? One man and his long-lost girlfriend come together to try to save their own lives and solve the mystery. There's a bit of space travel and some futuristic weapons
Jadis Reich
Good mystery book, the science in it is only slightly hand-wavy. The attitude of the main character is quite admirable, with some of the same self-possessed egoism you'd find in a Jack Vance novel. Speaking of which there is another murder mystery about immortals by Mr. Vance - it's called "To Life Forever" and is as different as it can be from this. I prefer Vance's yarn, but Haldeman is a clear writer with a good grasp on what makes science fiction a worthwhile genre.
Heather's Mum
As with the majority of Haldeman’s writings, Buying Time was thought provoking as well as adventurous & entertaining. The strong protagonist characters were interesting, if not in many ways relatable. I must admit that the plot was for the most part, …predictable [albeit, incorporating a few surprising twists.]

It is disturbing that if I lived in the portrayed society, I would not be counted among the elite & potentially forever lived! Ouch!

The imaginative story is well written, has ‘sta
Mike Strider
Very good book. The ending was abrupt, but still satisfying. It doesn't leave you hunting for answers but does leave open plot lines that could be extended into additional stories down the line. If anyone has seen one of these created and I missed it, please clue me in.
A good, compelling read. The strange biology came out of nowhere at the end, and didn't seem necessary to resolve the plot. But the resolution worked anyway, even if it was given somewhat more cursory attention than the rest of the plot.
Johnathan Cobb
A quick holiday read. Nice ideas and some interesting surprises. However, the start was slow and the characters felt a bit 2-dimentional.
Kevin Groosalugg
I wanted to like this book, I've read a few Haldeman short stories and really enjoyed them. The story was uninteresting, the characters not well defined or likeable. It improved in the middle and I was just starting to get into it when out of the blue it ended. No real resolution or explanation of anything. Just a poorly written book. It's a near future story where humans can extend their life for 10 years through the Stileman process by giving Stileman all their money. A man can expose the Stil ...more
Haldeman - when he's good, as with The Forever War, Camouflage and The Accidental Time Machine, he's pretty good; when he's bad, as with Mindbridge, Worlds, and this novel, he's really bad. Poorly structured and paced, with an out-of-left field biological deux ex machina at the end. A real disappointment.
Chris O'Neil
This book was interesting to read in the light of knowledge that prolonged human life may start to become a reality in the next 20 or 30 years, due to the work of such people as Aubrey de Gray. Hopefully Aubrey will be more of a philanthropist than the future that was envisioned in this book.

A very readable science fiction thriller. It would certainly make a good feature length film.
It reminded me a lot of Robert A. Heinlein's later writing ( a good thing for me, since RAH is one of my favorite authors ). Engaging characters, interesting story, convincing world.
This is one of the few books that I have enjoyed reading again. It is so full of interesting ideas and an action paced plot.
Owen Lindsell
Fast pasced and entertaining. Perhaps becoming quite relevant with the dawn of Synthetic Biology now beginning.
Ray Charbonneau
Haldeman's writing skill masks the simple plot. The end sets up a sequel, but I don't think it was ever made.
Andy Gavin
Incredibly fun tale about a future where some live forever, and most can't afford it.
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Brother of Jack C. Haldeman II

Haldeman is the author of 20 novels and five collections. The Forever War won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in 1975. Other notable titles include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works "Graves," "Tricentennial" and "The Hemingway Hoax." Starbound is scheduled for a January release. SFWA pres
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