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Methuselah's Children by Robert A. Heinlein
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Nov 22, 2012

really liked it

After freedom in America is won again during the Revolt of 2100, there is a group of humans who live extraordinary long lives while maintaining their youthful experiences. They have achieved this through selective mating and financial help from a foundation started by their ancestor, Howard. In 2125, the world discovers the group’s existence, and they are persecuted, all the world wanting their secrets of youth. Under extreme duress of jealousy arrest, torture, and murder, the group flees earth on an untested ship. They inhabit two planets, each one inhabited by aliens posing even greater threats than what they faced on earth. They return to earth for another chance.

This is an exciting novel. Two themes become apparent. In the first half it is jealousy and class envy. In a supposed free country, society is willing to disregard freedoms of a single group if that group has something others want. In this case, it is longevity. In the second half, the themes of assimilation and domination play a big part. This story was written in the 1940s. Nevertheless, it has not aged, much like its characters. It is so relevant today.
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