What if you could live forever? Defy death itself? Even now, scientific advances in regenerative medicine, life extension, cryonics, cybernetics, and in other areas have brought humans to the brink of solving life’s final conundrum.
In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors imagine that uninterrupted journey, confronting not just how, but what it means when human life can continue indefinitely, invulnerable, immortal.
“The Immortality Chronicles” features stories by award-winning scientist and author E.E. Giorgi (Chimeras), Amazon bestselling author Will Swardstrom (Contact Window) and ten more of today’s most visionary authors in science and speculative fiction.
(Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this anthology in exchange for Beta reading/giving an honest review)
I’ve never dreamed of living forever. I always imagined that living a life on Earth by myself as those I loved passed by me as quickly as a thought to be a lonely and horrible existence. Good thing I have the Immortality Chronicles to imagine what life could be like so I don’t have to! They truly captured many possibilities of life with immortality. Most of the stories do have a sad vein to them, because as I’ve said, who really wants to live forever? We choose to try and stay alive as long as we can, trying to make a legacy that others will recognize after we’re gone. But we truly don’t want to live forever.
Samuel Peralta has done it again! He gathered some great authors to teach us why being immortal isn’t something to be wished upon anyone. I loved these stories. Each one was more unique then the last! I don’t think I could truly choose a favorite, but my top five would have to be:
The Antares Cigar Shoppe by John Gregory Hancock: John create a beautiful beginning to the anthology with his story. It makes me wonder who would be there for me if I was able to live forever, even though they couldn’t stay with me for all time.
Rememorations by Paul B. Kohler: In a few of the stories in this anthology, the issue of not having enough space for all of the memories an immortal person would collect over their many years. I never thought of that before reading this anthology! This story follows a man going in for his check-up because he is forgetting things. Great story!
The Control by Will Swardstrom: The Control follows a man in ancient Egypt following a god’s whims. Very unique take on the immortal life.
Legacy by David Bruns: At what point does a person stop being human? What makes someone human to begin with? Is it human tissue and organs? Is it the soul? If you take away human attributes, is the person still there? Thought provoking and sad in it’s own way, Legacy let me wonder about such things.
Room 42 by D.K. Cassidy: This one stuck with me. I have kids and could imagine them not ever getting older in body, but becoming wise beyond their appearances as the years flowed by unhindered. It sounds horrifying. Can you imagine not ever becoming an adult? I thought about this one for days after reading it and still think of it when I look at my kids. Even though I am sad that they are growing up SO fast, I am happy too that they can continue to enjoy growing.
Eternity Today by Thomas Robins: Thomas tells us a story much like Groundhogs Day, except everyone is affected in the entire world as the day resets day after day for countless days. I love how everyone tried to work together in such a weird and horrifying event such as this.
A Long Horizon by Harlow C. Fallon: Harlow finishes up the chronicles with a story about a woman trapped in time. I felt trapped with her and felt her pain and hope for the end of life as if I was in the cell with her. A truly sad and another interesting take on immortality.
Oops. That’s more then 5. Oh well! You can see that I enjoyed these chronicles. I can’t wait to read more of these anthologies put together by Samuel Peralta. I’ve now read this one and the Z Chronicles, which was also amazing! Snatch it up!