Rejuvenation for the millions—or rejuvenation for the five hundred lucky ones, the select ones, that can be treated each year? Tough, independent Senator Dan Fowler fights a one-man battle against the clique that seeks perpetual power and perpetual youth, in this hard-hitting novel by Alan E. Nourse. Why did it have to be his personal fight? The others would fumble it—they'd foul it up, Fowler protested? But why was he in the fight and what was to happen to Senator Fowler's fight against this fantastic conspiracy? Who would win?
g, and called it sub-total prosthesis. A crude job--I've seen their papers and films. Vat-grown hearts and kidneys, revitalized vascular material, building up new organ systems like a patchwork quilt, coaxing new tissues to grow to replace old ones--but they got a living dog out of it, and that dog lived to the ripe old age of 37 years before he died."
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Moss pushed back from his desk, watching Dan Fowler's face. "Then in 1992 Nimrock tried it on a man, and almost got himself hanged because the man died. That was a hundred and forty-two years ago. And then while he was still on trial, his workers completed the second job, and the man lived, and oh, how the jig changed for Nimrock!"
The doctor shrugged. As he talked, Dan Fowler sat silent, chewing his cigar furiously. But listening--he was listening, all right. "Well, it was crude, then," Moss said. "It's not so crude any more." He pointed to a large bronze plaque hanging on the office wall. "You've seen that befo
Foul language too severe for me to finish the story. It wasn't all that great, anyway.
An absorbing story, set on the Mars Colony, then on Earth. It is possible to completely replace all the parts of a worn out body, preserving the brain. But it is only being done for the geniuses and the elite--500 people a year. An aging senator with a bad heart can be rejuvenated, but his hearings to open the process to everyone are imminent, so he keeps putting it off.
Good characterizations and description, some cynical political infighting, and a plot that gradually reveals a possible downside to immortality.
(1957) Sci-fi (The future / Political intrigue)
From 'Fantastic Universe' January 1957.