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1 Million Tomorrows

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
People born into the complacent bitch society of the 22nd Century regard indefinitely prolonged life as a birthright. But to get their one million tomorrows men have to make the transition from FUNKIE to COOL. FUNKIE is a slang for `functional male`. Immortality can only be achieved at the expense of male sexuality. So when will Carewe is offered one million tomorrows with ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 158 pages
Published 1973 by Pan Books (first published January 1st 1970)
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Perry Whitford
By the norms of the last years of the 22nd century Will Carewe is an unusual 'funkie' - or functional male - in that he has turned forty, has been in a monogamous relationship for ten years to his wife Athene, and has given no indication yet that he intends to 'tie off'.

Science has found a way to slow down the decay of the body, ensuring that humans have become, in theory, immortal. The only problem is, while females retain their sexual potency, males become effectively impotent as a result.

Then
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Jason Mills
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Bob Shaw!
It's the 22nd-century and anyone who takes the injection will live indefinitely with their physical age fixed. The downside is that in men the shot causes both sterility and impotence. Our protagonist, Will Carewe, works for a manufacturer of the drug, and the firm offers him an experimental version that won't destroy his sex life. Thinking this will save his 'old-fashioned' marriage, Will agrees - and quickly finds his marriage going sour and somebody trying to kill him.

The narrative is lean an
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Marc
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this back in 1970 when it was first published. After reading a couple of scathing reviews below, I decided to reread it and see if I still like it. I'm a big fan of Bob Shaw --- especially Orbitsville and The Ragged Astronauts. So far this one is pretty good.

OK, so now I've read it. I really enjoyed it, although it's mostly a standard runaround action story that could have been told with or without the SF background. It's a shame, because the premise is fascinating: immortality is availab
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Manny
You can take this drug that makes you immortal, but then, at least if you're male, you can't have sex any more. The hero is offered a trial of a new drug which allows him both to be immortal and to have sex! He takes it, and celebrates by having a lot of sex.

It turns out in the end that they were lying to him, and he just got the placebo. In fact, he isn't immortal after all. So he takes the real drug, and says goodbye to sex.

That's about it. Perhaps the moral is some version of "there ain't n
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Brian Bailey
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a future that I would care for, to say the least. You can take a shot to become immortal but have all the lead taken out of your pencil if you're a man, so to speak. Also, being immortal doesn't mean that you are invincible. You can still die from a satellite dhish falling off your dhome as you're walking out the dhoor. So, let's think about that. Okay, yeah. I think I'd elect to stay a "funkie" and funk all those still sexually active immortal women. But that's just me.
John
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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1979 grade C-
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Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Rag
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