Friday, 19 February 2016
"From darkness, lead me to light.
"From death, lead me to immortality."
I adapt this Upanishadic prayer thus:
"From delusion, lead us to truth.
"From darkness, lead us to truth."
I make it collective, not individual, and I differentiate truth and light from immortality. These are different issues.
How do sf characters live long or approach immortality?
The Howard Families are bred for longevity. Lazarus Long is an early Howard, too early for the breeding program to have caused his longevity so he is a mutant. Poul Anderson's Hanno is another. The Remillard family in Julian May's Galactic Milieu have an immortality gene. Other characters benefit from medical technology:
Hugh Valland, antithanatics;
John Amalfi, antiagathics;
Louis Wu, boosterspice;
Torsten Hebo, frequent rejuvenations;
Dominic Flandry, antisenescence.