This is an anthology thematically organized around the problems of immortality. The stories in the anthology consist of:
1. The Dying Man by Damon Knight - An immortal in a world of immortals who are kept immortal by retarding their maturation into adulthood has his regeneration treatment go wrong and grows up and faces mortality.
2. Death Do Us Part by Robert Silverberg - A marriage between a 20 year old woman and a 300 year old man goes wrong when it looks like she might not share in immortality.
3. The Worm that Flies by Brian W. Aldiss - In a far distant future, when life is running out of energy, the immortals that remain remember children. This story reminded me of Jack Vance's Dying Earth stories.
4. Child of All Ages by P.J. Plauger - An immortal pre-teen deals with the problems of being immortal and pre-teen in the modern world. This is a classic and might be the best of the book.
5. Grotto of the Dancing Deer by Clifford D. Simak - The last surviving Cro Magnon shares his secret with an anthropologist.
6. Learning to Be Me by Greg Egan - If we can recreate a human mind in a artificially intelligent chip in the individual's mind, a chip that learns to be the individual, how can we ever know that the chip really thinks, feels, is human or that it is the same human? This is the most philosophical of the stories.
7. The Secret by Jack Vance - This is an odd story for Vance. People who live on an island periodically pick up and leave and go the mainland. This story lacks Vance's normal images of decadence.
8. Mortimer Gray's History of Death by Brian Stableford - An author works on a history of death in a series of books over the course of 150 years. The story is really about the phases in the life of the author, Mortimer Gray. On the whole, it was an enjoyable, entertaining read.
- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Ace Books (1 July 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044100539X
- ISBN-13: 978-0441005390
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 113 g
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