Immortality, Inc.

Immortality Inc First published in as a startling revolutionary novel of the future then pushed to new cinematic limits as the feature film adaptation FREEJACK in Robert Sheckley s unsettling vision of T

  • Title: Immortality, Inc.
  • Author: Robert Sheckley
  • ISBN: 9780812519310
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • First published in 1959 as a startling, revolutionary novel of the future, then pushed to new cinematic limits as the feature film adaptation FREEJACK in 1992, Robert Sheckley s unsettling vision of Tomorrow now arrives in ebook format for the 21st century.Thomas Blaine awoke in a white bed in a white room, and heard someone say, He s alive now Then they asked him his nFirst published in 1959 as a startling, revolutionary novel of the future, then pushed to new cinematic limits as the feature film adaptation FREEJACK in 1992, Robert Sheckley s unsettling vision of Tomorrow now arrives in ebook format for the 21st century.Thomas Blaine awoke in a white bed in a white room, and heard someone say, He s alive now Then they asked him his name, age and marital status Yes, that seemed normal enough but what was this talk about death trauma Thus was Thomas Blaine introduced to the year 2110, where science had discovered the technique of transferring a man s consciousness from one body to another Where a man s mind could be snatched from the past, when his body was at the point of death, and brought forward into a host body in this fantastic future world.But that was only a small part of it For the future had proved the reality of life after death, and discovered worlds beyond or simultaneous with our own worlds where, through scientific techniques, a man could live again, in another body, when he died here And in the process, the reality of ghosts, poltergeists, and zombies was also established.What did it all mean How had this discovery of what they called the hereafter shaped the world of 2110 Thomas Blaine found himself living in a future where the discoveries and techniques imagined by people of his time, while having come about, were completely overwhelmed by discoveries no one had ever dreamed of.

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    • Robert Sheckley

      One of science fiction s great humorists, Sheckley was a prolific short story writer beginning in 1952 with titles including Specialist , Pilgrimage to Earth , Warm , The Prize of Peril , and Seventh Victim , collected in volumes from Untouched by Human Hands 1954 to Is That What People Do 1984 and a five volume set of Collected Stories 1991 His first novel, Immortality, Inc 1958 , was followed by The Status Civilization 1960 , Journey Beyond Tomorrow 1962 , Mindswap 1966 , and several others Sheckley served as fiction editor for Omni magazine from January 1980 through September 1981, and was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001.

    932 thoughts on “Immortality, Inc.

    • Please…do NOT confuse this novel with the 1992 celluloid dump known as Freejack. Remember, the one featuring: Emilio “I should’ve hung it up after The Outsiders” Estevez, Mick “Acting be damned, I’m a rock god and can star in any movie I please, so suck it” Jagger, and Sir Anthony “Who do I have to blow to get out of doing this movie…really…fine I’ll do the movie” Hopkins. That movie was an infected wart and had nothing in common with this book. Nothing. Ignore its exist [...]


    • Great book and amazing plot. Glad to see tribute to Sheckley in Futurama: Suicide booths, and Mars taken over by Chinese colonists is from this book :)


    • 1958: Thomas Blaine è in auto e attraversa una strada quasi deserta, quando ha un incidente e Si sveglia poi, ma il mondo non è più quello che ricordava, infatti Thomas si ritrovaRomanzo di fantascienza sociologica dove Sheckley ci racconta cosa potrebbe succedere se una parte importante della vita, la morte, possa essere messa in secondo piano e quindi resa superflua, dando all'umanità una "seconda opzione", ovviamente sotto cospicuo pagamento, e cioè una "vita" dopo la morte: l'aldilà.La [...]


    • “Perhaps a grim-faced Oligarch had Earth in his iron grasp, while a small, dedicated underground struggled toward freedom”, wrote Robert Sheckley in 1959’s Immortality, Inc. as he thought about the future. When, in the first couple of pages, he finds himself in the future it is more complicated than that, terrifying in a different way. The “Inc.” is important as our main character, Tom Blaine, is thrust into a future in which it would not be a spoiler to say corporations remain. This i [...]


    • The description says the movie "Freejack" was based on this novel, but only on the very basic idea. I liked the movie even though it gets a lot of hate. No matter your opinion of it, just keep it completely separate from this novel which was so much more than a fun romp with Renee Russo & Mick Jagger.A couple of centuries in the future from 1958, they worked out how to keep the mind alive after the body died sometimes. Fairly often. Reasonably well. IF you got lucky or had the money. They al [...]


    • Immortality Inc. is the story of a man suddenly in a future New York (2110). He had felt himself die in a head-on car crash back in 1958 and now he's in a new body with nary a scar on himself. His new body though will be harvested again for an aging wealthy businessman. Oh yeah, and there's a zombie after him.The novel is actually very funny and the future New York and future earth seems plausible. At just under 200 pages, it's a quick read.Immortality Inc. unfortunately is forever tied to the v [...]


    • This is a story about a man (Thomas Blaine) who has been plucked from death in 1958 and brought into another body in 2110. It's a story about a future where scientists have figured out how to separate the being that is the mind/soul from the flesh of a person, thereby making immortality a real possibility. It's a story that if you like Futurama, you'll probably recognize parts of (notably, the suicide booths and the "underground" where the zombies are forced to reside).On the surface, the story [...]


    • Another of the $2 vintage sci-fis blind-bought from a street vendor last week.This one deals with a future in which life beyond death is scientific fact, if a somewhat ambiguous one. Lots of room for discussion of mind/body problems and weird test-case variations, but a lot of this is brushed aside with cursory treatment in favor of action. This, along with the sorta iffy pacing at least at first, really shows that this was written as a serial, which never really works best for novels. And Our p [...]


    • Where am I? Who am I? What am I? Thomas Blaine died in a car accident in 1958. He is brought back to life in a new body in 2110. The book is Blaine's adventures in the future, and as he explores the world he finds himself in, he ponders often on those three questions. Where, who and what am I? This is a good example of old school science fiction with quasi-scientific sounding explanations for things, but it's really an excuse to examine what it is to be human. Blaine's encounters are numerous: w [...]


    • A great and short novel, where the protagonists is snatched by a corporation from 1958 and awakens in a new body in the 2110s, a world where life after death is scientifically proven and, ironically but unsurprinsingly, commercialized. Oh, and ghosts and zombies are real. Not only that, but normal, everyday occurences. Actually, two of our hero's best friends are a ghost and a zombie. The book is both fun and smart, as it explores the implications of scientific afterlife on society and individua [...]


    • I haven't read any Sheckley for a decade, so this was a pleasant surprise. Imaginative, original writing, that manages to effectively satire science fiction itself. Tom Blaine, an uninventive junior yacht designer, is killed in a car accident in 1958, but he is resurrected in the year 2110 by the powerful Rex corporation as a "gimmick in a marketing campaign." That falls through, and Blaine finds himself alone in a changed world. Here, the secret to the afterlife has been scientifically discover [...]


    • I like to read sci fi written in the 50s because all the forward thinking in the world cannot wrap their mind around women in the workplace lol. In this future, women did work but his love interest longed to be a housewife of the 50 s. lol


    • A 1959 novel, this tells how Thomas Blaine, yacht designer, is transported to the year 2110 after a car crash which it later turns out was deliberately engineered - at least, his mind is transported. He wakes up in the body of another man into a nightmare situation where he has been brought forward as an advertising publicity stunt for the Rex Corporation. Things go from bad to worse when the director of the company cancels the advertising campaign on the grounds that it is now illegal to bring [...]



    • I had picked up this book a while ago, at a random book stall in the center of the city. It was almost raining, I was curious and got it on the impulse of the moment, without really checking it out first. Sci-Fi, the world of the future (as seen by a 50s writerd character), transfer of the soul and so onwhat's there to not like then? I have enjoyed this book quite immensely. It has a great character to start off with, some intrigues here and there, and the whole world of 2110 to deal with. There [...]


    • Welcome to a world which has conquered death. A world where one can live again and again in a new body and ultimately gain entrance into the hereafter. If you have the money to pay for it.Thomas Blaine was driving down the New Jersey Turnpike when his car suddenly swerves and crashes into oncoming traffic. When he wakes up he hears someone say, “He’s alive now”, followed by a discussion of his ‘death trauma’. Thomas soon discovers that he has been snatched from the moment of death, tra [...]


    • Robert Sheckley’s first novel Immortality, Inc. (variant title: Time Killer) (1958) has a somewhat checkered publication history. It was originally published by Avalon books under the title Immortality Delivered (1958) where it was abridged against Sheckley’s wishes. Unless you are a collector of the Avalon publication series I recommend procuring the complete 1959 Bantam Book edition with its gorgeous (and alas, uncredited) cover. Later editions were decked with rather unfortunate covers li [...]


    • A man dies in the Fifties and is resurrected one and a half centuries later. He wakes to a world of suicide booths, of a Mars colonised by China, of entire plant ecologies that devour themselves for the entertainment of restaurant patrons, of mindswapping, of zombies and poltergeists and werewolves, and of frustratingly antiquated gender roles.I didn’t like this book. I thought Robert Sheckley was meant to be funny, but this book was earnest. There was a tacked-on romance that felt completely [...]


    • I thoroughly enjoyed both Sheckley's writing and Bronson Pinchot's narration of this darkly humorous dystopian mash-up. The story begins with the accidental death of the protagonist in a traffic accident in 1958, with the bulk of the action taking place after Blaine's mind is placed in a new body in 2110. A wild ride ensues -- trust no one.Combines several popular tropes: transmigration of minds / reincarnation, corporate manipulation of the state, zombies, hauntings, and humans hunting humans. [...]


    • Although this sci-fi novel has an original plot and a very good construction, where all the loose ends are finally tightly bound and everything occupies its proper place, even with a somewhat moral ending, I'm afraid I cannot give it more than two stars. I feel a strong dislike about its central theme, the scientific hereafter, that makes it impossible for me to empathize with the novel, to lower my level of incredulity. I find myself thinking, once and again, this cannot be, this is all a fake. [...]


    • The story of a man, who is killed in an automobile accident in 1958, snatched up by a giant corporation, and transported 150 years into a future in which scientists have discovered the secret of immortality. His mind has been separated and placed into a new body as part of the company’s marketing campaign, but as the plans for the campaign are discarded, his new body is to be harvested yet again and given to a rich and ageing businessman. At its best, when considering the philosophical questio [...]


    • After watching Free Jack, I decided to look for the book it was (very slightly) based on. Although at times it was a bit schlocky (and at other times, it was obviously written in the 1950s), I found myself drawn into the story. It's a lighthearted exploration of some big ideas about life and death, the mind and body, and the future. Bronson Pinchot did an excellent job narrating.


    • Total garbage, the story if you can call it that, weaves all over the place like a drunk lout. A lot of promising ideas are ruined in this story. Blech



    • This book is filled with strange ideas of the future stemming from the perspective of an author writing in the late 1950s. With this comes interesting science and institutions fitting for a futuristic New York but also the outdated ideals and mechanization of the mid 20th century. It's incredibly thought provoking seeing the predictions and make believe of a future created by someone who lived in the past. I read and watch a fair amount of science fiction from the previous century but never have [...]


    • My second-hand paperback bears the proud banner "Basis for the movie Freejack". A movie I've only ever seen fragments of and which seems to have been fairly universally panned. Possibly because they jettisoned all the interesting parts of this book to produce a standard humourless Hollywood action flick. Robert Sheckley invented funny science fiction twenty to thirty years before Douglas Adams. However, his is the humour of wry smiles and philosophical speculation. Immortality Inc presupposes a [...]


    • Immortality, Inc. was a fun read. The writing is clear although not exceptionally sophisticated. The plot moves along at a brisk pace. This is probably the aspect I enjoyed most, the fact that the end of every chapter really compelled me to continue reading. I enjoyed the story and the world Sheckley constructed, despite the book being somewhat short. There were a couple plot points that felt a bit quaint, but overall the story was good and interesting. I think the shorter length did lend to som [...]


    • Surprising is the word I would use the most to describe this book. I found it at a used book store among other 'pocket' paperbacks. These books are the kinds of reads someone might've put in their bags and taken to the beach in the 1950's. It's hard to call this 'speculative' fiction because even though it takes place in 2110, there's very little of the 'digital' world in this. There are no computers and there is a lot of paper. What there is, however, is a fascinating look at what would happen [...]


    • Понравилось, хотя и несколько озадачило.Отличный концепт с переселением сквозь время не материального, а духовного. Разум вместо мяса. Сразу немного возвышает сущее над бренным. Красиво.При этом что мы имеем в будущем? Мир грязного капитала, которому по-прежнему нужны день [...]


    • This is a Sci-fi book from the late 1950's Oddly enough the ideas in it are universal enough to keep it from being date YET ambiguous enough to keep it from being a classic. It's a shame BUT still an interesting read.Some of the off handed ideas in it are amazing (aka suicide booths that got parodied by futurama) Others however. very much of it's time, there seemed to be a trend in sci-fi from that time period to take awful and sometime down right repugnant ideas and have it be an acceptable soc [...]


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