A condition that causes a person to live forever, or in some cases to be incapable of dying

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Trying to find an old old short story about an immortal woman [duplicate]

I am 56 and read (as a teen in the 70's) a short story about a woman who has no idea why she is immortal, but is now desperate and lonely and wants to die. She tries to die, but she keeps waking up ...
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Does Peter Pan have the fountain of youth?

We all know that Peter Pan makes his home in the land where you'll never grow up. However, he probably didn't start there, and he likely won't end there. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ...
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Short story I read - Outsiders enter hedonistic utopian society where citizens live forever by transferring bodies, havoc ensues

I read this short story probably 5 to 10 years ago. There is this utopian land where the people are basically immortal thanks to being able to transfer into a new body when they get old, or just sick ...
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Why does the king of the Numenoreans not get to choose between elf and man? [duplicate]

I just finished up the Silmarillion and an idea that confused me was that the heirs of Earendil could choose their race, as when Arwen chooses to be mortal for Aragorn, but the Numenorean king, ...
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Humans trade with an alien race who turn out to be immortal humans

Can anyone identify this story for me. I read it in my youth and wish to have my son read it. Earth has a thriving trade with an alien race who turn out to be immortal humans that survived a war on ...
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Story where humans artificially accelerate the cultural/scientific status of various planets to create allies against an invasion

Can anyone identify this story for me? I read it in my youth and wish to have my son read it. Ahead of an impending invasion several men are sent to a distant planet in the invader's path, set to ...
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Neolithic shaman becomes immortal, after being healed by aliens

The story is about a neolithic shaman who becomes injured by aliens, and when they heal them they make him immortal.
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Novel about Immortals hiding from the world

I'm looking for a book I read as a kid in the 80's, I want to say it takes place in a resort in Mexico where a group of Immortals meet including Nefertiti and end up tracked/attacked by the government ...
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Science Fiction short story I read— need to find. Current-day guy is in the future (cryogenics??)

A while back I read a science-fiction short story that I very much want to re-find. If you've read it, my plot description will hopefully ring a bell and maybe you'll recall some vital stats about it. ...
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Novel about a parasite/symbiote that causes immortality

All I can really remember about this novel is that at one point a woman gets blown out an airlock and survives, and that the characters in it are not on Earth.
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Book in which girl's father marries a woman with two children who are all immortal

I remember reading a book about a teenage girl's father marrying a woman with a son and daughter. The teenage girl soon finds out that something was weird about this new family. And what's fishy is ...
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Do we ever find out what happened to Dr. Giger or The Cellular Regeneration and Entertainment Chamber after the DS9 episode “In the Cards?”

DS9 "In the Cards": GIGER: Doctor Bathkin of Andros Three was the first to come up with the answer to solving the puzzle of death. Keep the cells energised. Keep them in the game by teaching ...
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In what sense are Asgardians “immortal” in the MCU?

In Thor: The Dark World, Odin and Loki are discussing Loki's actions during The Avengers. Loki argues that he would have ruled Earth as "a benevolent god", and Odin replies: Odin: We are not ...
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An immortal soldier story [duplicate]

Looking for a story I read back in the late 60s, it starts on a troop ship returning to the US post-1945. The two characters are discussing the war and one shares a secret, he cannot die. He was born ...
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Immortality in Throne of Glass series - How does it work?

In throne of glass, the Fae are said to be immortal(can't age, but can still die), but then is Celaena immortal? Even if she stayed forever in her human/animal body? Or do they age when they turn to ...
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Novel about an immortal man exposed by world government relates his life through history

I read the book from my local library in the early- to mid- seventies. It was hardcover (library bound) and the dust jacket had a printed burlap or canvas background. The back flap mentioned that the ...
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Film about someone trying to convince others that he is immortal

I saw this film years ago, but I can't remember the title. The whole film happens inside a room, it's about a guy who tries to convince others in the room that he is immortal (or maybe very, very ...
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Did making Nagini a horcrux made it immortal? [duplicate]

So, Voldemort thought it was a good idea to make Nagini one of the horcruxes. Did making Nagini ( or any other living creature, generally speaking ) a horcrux also make it immortal ? Because ...
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Book about a family of teenagers who kill living people to stay alive forever

I read it as a teenager, probably late 80s early 90s. In it there is a family of beautiful, mysterious teenagers who captivate everyone in school/town. It turns out in the end that they are a race of ...
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Short story about generation ship leaving from Pluto

I read this story in an anthology and really liked it, but can't remember the name or author. What (I think) I remember: The story centers around a young man who lives in a mining colony on Pluto ...
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80s era book about long-lived or immortal space travelers marooned on earth

Trying to find a book I read probably in the early 80s, about 2 brothers who were shipwrecked on earth, and lived among mortal earthpeople for generations; the wrecked spaceship was someplace in Maine ...
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Title of short story: God granting immortality to others to find a way to kill himself

I am looking for a short story I read a long time ago. In it, a man dies and finds himself in a dark and featureless afterlife with a disembodied voice that calls itself god. That god reveals that ...
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Book about a basketball player selected for immortality treatment because of his height

I'm looking to identify a book. The protagonist was the world's only immortal man who had been made immortal by some undefined process. IIRC he had been a basketball player as it had been assumed ...
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Book about spiders whose bite is deadly, but surviving the bite creates immortality?

Does anyone know a book about spiders whose bite is deadly, but when people kill them all, they discover that surviving the bite creates immortality? It may be a short story, I'm not sure.
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Is Superman the only immortal Kryptonian?

According to the latest incarnation of Superman (I may be wrong here), he gets his powers from his Kryptonian heritage, and we've seen that he lives up to the 853rd century (if not more), so, are we ...
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Story Identification: 5 people with special abilities, one who is immortal, and a plan to revive all the Jews killed during the holocaust

I can't recall the name of this book, but I can remember some details about it: I believe it was released around 2003, ±1 year. (I remember the year because in that year another book came out, In His ...
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Avengers Movie - Loki and Thor Immortality Test

in the Avengers Movie, Loki manages to trap Thor in a huge glass capsule and jettisons him out of a moving cargo ship. Why is that supposed to "test" Thor's immortality? How is this act different ...
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Can Ted die a natural death?

In the 2012 release movie, Ted, can Ted the teddybear die a natural death? In what aspects is the life within him different from the life within humans?
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In Greg Bear's novel Vitals, what is the true identity of Rudy Banning?

It is eventually hinted that Rudy is an immortal soviet bigshot of some sort, but I've never been enough of a history buff enough to figure out just which one he is supposed to be. I've asked Greg ...
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Is the Hulk immortal?

In World War Hulk, we see a what-if scenario with Bruce Banner actually making it to the 'peaceful planet'. Does this imply the Hulk is immortal? What about Bruce?
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Serial Scifi story, with some nasty form of Immortality at the end

Ok, I don't remember a lot about this, but it was rather intriguing. From what I recall, it was written in such a way that it must have been published as a serial; multiple climaxes and denouements. ...
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Is exponential population growth in The Amalgam addressed in Greg Egan's books?

The Amalgam is a galaxy-wide conglomerate of intelligent species that have the technology to scan their brains; it turns up in several of Greg Egan's short stories ("Glory" and "Riding the ...
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How did Captain Jack Harkness become immortal?

In Torchwood (the series), Captain Jack Harkness gives some information on how he became immortal and what it means to him. This may be considered spoily to people who haven't seen Torchwood yet. ...