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Questions tagged [immortality]

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

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Term for immortality that only prevents death from old age

Is there a term for immortality that only prevents death from old age? For example, the elves from The Lord of the Rings are "immortal", but only to the effects of dying from age. They can still be ...
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70s-80s short story: man obtains immortality, regrets it, tries to kill self in explosion, but lives on in pieces

There's a short story I read when I was a young kid. In it, a man meets a demon who grants his wish for immortality. The man quickly tires of his new state and tries to kill himself, but his first ...
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Short story about an immortality potion given to a man by a witch that only works after 72 hours

I heard a short story a few years ago about a man who threatened a woman (witch) into giving him an immortality potion or something like that, and so she did a while later he died and was buried. ...
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Young teen girl is immortal

I believe it was a Short Story but can't be sure (I just can't think of enough to have made it novel length). It was in English, probably read 30+ years ago (before 1990) Set in modern times. The ...
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Sci-Fi novel about immortal planet morphers [duplicate]

I remember reading this novel ten or more years ago. The prologue had the narrator reminiscing of Tokyo Bay and condoms floating onto the shore. The protagonist seems to be an immortal or incredibly ...
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Fantasy book about a female travelling around earth to find a man and becoming immortal

I read a book in the late 90s featuring a girl who was temporarily transported somewhere, met a man, was transported back, and then travelled around the Earth to find him, where she met a couple other ...
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Immortal humans choose to undergo dissolution

I'm trying to locate a short story about humans in the far future who have achieved immortality through scientific means. The story opens with a tour group being led by a man who died and was brought ...
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Story ID - immortality and population control in water supply

I'm looking for a story that I read online (probably a web-series with a separate website) where the core setting was a somewhat dystopian future where a drug for effective anti-aging has been found. ...
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Looking for a short story about an immortal

I read the story sometime around 1993, and I seem to remember it being part of some anthology. The POV character is immortal, in that whenever he is killed, he regenerates. While he is whole, he ...
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Short (?) story about immortality and end of mankind [duplicate]

I'm looking for a probably short story (but I'm not 100% sure about it) where mankind got this huge achievement (probably immortality but might have been energy) through killing an inferior alien ...
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Short story where a god wanted to die [duplicate]

I'm looking for a novel, the main character is a smart man (doctor or physicist) who just die, his spirit have been harvested by a superiors consciousness. The man ask to the superiors consciousness ...
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Can Mr. Immortal die permanently? (and others with self-resurrection)

Mr. Immortal (Craig Hollis) has the ability of self-resurrection and he can resurrect himself endlessly. It is called resurrective immortality or retroactive immortality also. Retroactive ...
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Story identification: A novella about a computer that becomes sentient and can control everything in the universe except the human mind [duplicate]

There is a computer that is being built with the ability to manipulate space using (wormholes)? Right as the computer is becoming sentient, it's creator realizes what is happening and puts in a rule ...
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Book: Science Fiction - Immortal captured on Earth and joins military

The book details a hero who is picked up on a destroyed Earth (not sure if sole survivor or not). He is smarter, faster, stronger, etc than the other humans. He becomes part of the military and does ...
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Looking for a novel about an immortal man probably written in the 1960s; follows his life through being an Inca king and a viking

A prehistoric man encounters an alien spaceship. The aliens decide, for whatever reason, to make the man immortal. The novel describes all the lives the man has had; Inca king, Viking, modern man. ...
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Short SF Story: The last (Immortal) man visited by Aliens

An immortal and very old man resides in a mausoleum. He is the last man on Earth. He hears a great noise, goes outside and is disappointed, it was only a starship decelerating in the atmosphere. The ...
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Short story; businessman wants secret of immortality from an immortal man

I'm pretty sure that I first read the story in a sci-fi collection. I think the story takes place on a space station. There is a businessman who wields a great deal of power, who has managed to track ...
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In which post apocalyptic SF novel is the South Pole (Antarctica) thawed? Humans live there

Period: 1960 - 1990 Main character: a man Clue: The main clue is that a group of humans live on the South Pole, called "The Girls". The interesting thing about them is that they live to a very old age ...
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Short Story About an Immortal Looking for a Wife

In the 1980s, I read a story in an anthology, and I think it was relatively new at the time I read it. I would like to locate it again, but I don't recall anything else about the author or what kind ...
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Short story where an immortal woman is going to get euthanized

All I remember is the following details from a magazine I read in high school: Most likely a short story. Mother and son are nigh immortals through life extensions technology. They are talking ...
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Looking for the name of a short story about robots seeking experiences

I'm looking for the name of a short story I remember reading at my University library between 2001-2003. It had a great selection of Sci-Fi stories and anthologies. I'm pretty sure this story was in ...
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What is the title of that novel where an immortal Disciple of Jesus becomes a disillusioned mercenary?

If you are immortal (and jaded) you could always put your talents to work. Maybe make a little extra dough on the side... I heard about it in 1983 or 1984. I always meant to get around to reading it, ...
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Story ID: Immortals Prone to Cancer

While reading this worldbuilding stackexchange question, I was reminded of a story I read "ages ago", dealing with immortals who were prone to a particularly nasty form of cancer. Unfortunately, I ...
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Does Anyone Know the Whereabouts of Private Coo-coo?

Looking for the title of a old sci-fi short story about two men on a Liberty ship (reporter & soldier) discussing how the soldier became immortal. He was wounded in the middle ages, near death, ...
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YA novel involving immortality via drowning

In the early or mid-'90s, I read a young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel that I can't now remember the title of. My recollection is that the novel involved a main character (a teenage girl, I think) from ...
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Soldier becomes immortal due to honey formula

I'm looking for a short story about a soldier who runs into another soldier (on a troop ship during WWII I think). The soldier tells his comrade a fantastic story of how he was fighting in a ...
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1980s YA Sci Fi book series about youth becoming immortal

In the early 80s I read two YA novels with the protagonist an adolescent who, along with all the other children on earth, had been made immortal by a plague or experiement run amok. Plot of the ...
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Looking for name of book where main character is learning magic from very old wizard

Character is trying to learn magic from very old wizard. It turns out the wizard is hurting his students when they are ready to graduate. Main character defeats the wizard because he is his son and ...
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Short Story about living until the end of time

I'm looking for a short story or novella I read years ago (and I do mean a long time ago. Easily 2 decades) in an anthology of science fiction works. The main character is male - at a certain point ...
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Sci-fi graphic novel from the 90s about immortatlity gained by eating an alien race?

It was published by a DC imprint, in color and was a 2 part or 3 part series. All I can remember is: One of the protaganists is a dickish wealthy sports celebrity and is the guy who eventually lands ...
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Does the Elixir of Life heal injuries?

We know that in the Harry Potter series the Philosopher's Stone can produce the Elixir of Life, which grants dramatically increased longevity. The only known maker, Nicolas Flamel, lived for over 600 ...
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Immortal Children

I remember reading a book around 1990 that was a first-in-series story in which the World Health Organization released a formula into the global food supply that resulted in every child who hadn't yet ...
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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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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 [duplicate]

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. There is also a parasite/symbiote that ...
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Book in which girl's father marries a woman with two children who are all immortal [duplicate]

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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An immortal soldier story

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 old)....
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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 ...