Why Call Them Back From Heaven?
Daniel Frost is a key man at Forever Center. When he accidenta...more
His premise is that a single company, Forever Center, has obtained a monopoly on cryogenics and the promise of a second life. The bulk of the population has signed up for the program, which entails surgically implanted transmitters so their dead bodies...more
The plot is pretty silly- sort of a Life Alert Nanny State to the extreme, and maybe dealing with the biggest Ponzi Scheme in history- but there are moments, concerning a man trying to keep a cross erect on an island...more
E' possibile che la scienza riesca, un giorno, a dare una nuova vita agli uomini? Nella società futura, gli uomini vivranno con questa certezza. Ogni uomo e ogni donna avranno questa seconda possibilità... perché i loro corpi, dopo la morte, verranno conservati nel Centro dell'Eternità, l'organizzazione che promette una sicura resurrezione scientifica in un giorno futuro. Ma per rinascere in un mondo migliore, chi muore deve essere ricco... deve avere la possibilità di accumulare le proprie ricc...more
Daniel Frost works at the Forever Centre, the corporation responsible for preserving of the bodies of the dead. By accident he discovers some dark secrets and has to go on the run from the authorities and his own employers, finding ref...more
I like how so many different reactions to the idea of a Second Life were explored. There was the main character, the people he interacted with, and some that he just encountered peripherally - so some readers might think of the book as disjointed or something, but I liked how rich, and yet concise, it was. And there's no tidy ending....
The story promises to be a study of the idea of eternal life. How does a belief in a second life affect people? The twist being that it's not some religious ramble, but actual physical immortality. By the end, though, these themes collapse into pseudo-mystical nonsense.
Assumes, like most SF, that humans will get to the point where they'll no longer depend on Nature before they'll harm it so much that it'll destroy them in self defense. I find that laughable, but I guess it's kind of hard to write SF without assuming that.
Besides that part and the ever-present human evilness, saying it again, surprisingly good.