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"A wonderful story...almost any immortality story would be inferior!" writes Robert Silverberg. 

A scientist discovers he is immortal. His first reaction is intense happiness, and he makes plans for his future and that of his family. But then he has to watch his family grow old and die, while he stays young and healthy. What can he do with the gift of forever? What should he do? Can he erase from his mind and heart all feeling and the need for love? And worse, can he always be sure of his superiority in a changing world? He will have to answer all these questions and more, when he discovers other immortals and must make a decision. A decision that will change the world far more than even an immortal can envision. 

Here is the story of a handful of men and women who lived from the middle of the 20th century into our future. What did they make of their lives? If you found you could live forever, what would you do? Search for wealth, power, happiness...or death? What could sustain you for 200 years? For a thousand? Is forever too long to live? 

This story was first published in the May 1947 issue of Fantastic Adventures.

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  • Diane Reynolds
  • 11-10-20

Thought provoking

None of us like growing older. But would being a lone immortal make us happier? This novel addresses this question on several levels. Some of it is a bit dated - you can hear the post -WWII undertones and fears coming through. But it is still so relevant. The players may differ today but the same desires and failings of human nature resonate all too well. This novel delves deep into some pretty dark themes, but keeps it moving through action in all the right places. The main character tends to show, not just tell, limiting the introspection to short, digestible bits - unlike so many more modern novels. I received this audiobook for free in exchange for a review

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  • norman
  • 14-05-20

Clever and entertaining pulp sci-fi

Clever and entertaining, Forever is Too Long was written by Geier around 1947, when he was 26 years old. A good example of pulp science fiction, the writing needed polishing and some of the ideas were dated and a bit corny. But the story was engaging and fast paced and the narration was professional.