Immortal Life by Stanley Bing

Immortal Life

An ancient mogul has bought the power to live forever, but the strong young body he plans to inhabit has other ideas. The battle for immortal life begins.Immortal Life. A fantasy. An impossible dream. For now, maybe. But as we speak the moguls of Big Tech are pouring their mountain of wealth into finding a cure for death. Don’t tell them they won’t succeed. None of these titans is richer than Arthur Vogel. This inventor, tech tycoon, and all-...

Details Immortal Life

TitleImmortal Life
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Abandoned, Did Not Finish

Reviews Immortal Life

  • Ron Charles
    Stanley Bing's zany science fiction novel "Immortal Life" sparks along the cutting edge of immortality technology. Arthur Vogel, the solar system’s wealthiest man, has no intention of going gentle into that good night. At 127, his body is mostly made up of synthetic parts around a “desiccated nugget of flesh.” Every morning he snaps on bionic legs and pops in electronic eyes. His 3-D printer creates a fresh phallus for each amorous engageme...
  • Bandit
    Immortality, the final frontier. Well, one of them anyway, there's also space, of course, for purists. But in this book space has been conquered, Mars renamed Musk (yikes) and technology has reached such extensive global prevalence that death remains the only thing to conquer. Until recently it's been prolonged, but the powers that be, particularly Arthur (a titan among moguls), desire more. And now he's going to get his wish. Though there might ...
  • Carlos
    The dumbest smartest book I have ever read . That’s it .
  • Curious Reader
    The idea was interesting.Immortality!!!"Soon to be true story"Sounds interesting right? Hope not.Given the circumstances in the book. I really hope not. Anyways the book was interesting. I like the concept. A page turner for sure. Go for this if you like a good sci-fi thriller. Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks to the author and publisher for giving me a chance to read it.
  • Denise
    I won an uncorrected proof of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Arthur Vogel is the richest man in the world and is 127 years old. Those who can afford it, replace whatever is ailing them to extend their life. A mixture of biologic and mechanical parts. It isn't all hunky dory though. They're practically shriveled little imps that reminded me of Yoda and can practically only eat bland mush. For fifty years Arthur has had Bob, his head scientist, ...
  • Kelsey Wheeler
    So when I saw that a old mans memories or brain was going to be put into another person. I was like oh gosh here we go with this again. I am saying this because not to long ago I just watched two movies where this happened. Ryan Reynold's Self/less and Kevin Costner's Criminals which also had Ryan Reynolds in it for about 5 mins. I thought it was going to be a boring knock off of the movies, but I was wrong. It was more like if those two movies h...
  • Carlos Mock
    Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story by Stanley BingImagine a world where machines rule. Corporations are in charge, and the lifespan has gone up to 120 years thanks to computer technology that can replace dying organs (via 3 D printing of cloned cells). Unfortunately, it has its limits. Arthur Vogel -- mighty Vog -- is the richest man on earth. At 127 years, he's running out of options. Vogel’s scheme is to build a young body into which his ...
  • Laura Newsholme
    This was a really witty book with a powerful message that just didn't quite hit the spot for me. It tells the story of Arthur, a billionaire in the latter half of the 21st century who wants to live for ever and Gene, the artificial human who is created so that Arthur can upload his consciousness into him. There is a lot to like here. Arthur is ruthless, angry and rude but has made real contributions to the world, which makes for an interesting se...
  • Wilma
    Late in the 21st century the really rich have found ways to extend their lives well past 100. The richest of them all is Arthur Vogel who has made it to 127 by replacing or enhancing much of his original equipment but he's about to hit the wall and knows it. So he has a technical genius who's also a doctor make him a new strong young body and have his mind down-loaded into it. This feat is accomplished by the advanced use of 3D printers. They hav...
  • Nancyann
    I'm not a fan of science fiction but Immortal Life has such a promising premise that I couldn't resist. I enjoyed the first half of the book because the story seemed so plausible. With the technology we have in 2018 it seems a small jump to downloading someone's aging personality into younger beings for what would amount to an immortal life. The trillionaires of the future would be the ones to afford the process...why not? But once I got to the s...
  • Kim McGee
    A futuristic look at how the wealthy and powerful have found a way to cheat death. Arthur is a mean old buzzard with a much younger trophy wife/nurse and more money than God but he is a man in pieces - literally. Every morning he straps on appendages, inserts his eyeball, connects to any number of computer devices and downs nourishing glop and vitamins. Is he happy to be alive? Of course not, so he finds the technology to body swap with a manufac...
  • Joe T.
    The concept of this book was very good. I picked it up at Christmas (2017) and started reading it right away. Work and Life kept interrupting but I kept coming back to it. For the most part, it was worth it. The pace is uneven and the ending was perhaps a bit too predictable. The characters aren't particularly compelling but they're not horrible either.It was worth reading. The political digs scattered throughout the book were annoying and unnece...
  • Michael
    I was entertained by this book but it was not a good book. The premise was promising but not fleshed out very well. The tone vacillated between satiric and serious, but not artfully. The sentence structure was uniformly awkward which made for uncomfortable reading. Much of the dialogue had me puzzled at the speakers motives...whole conversations had me thinking “What the hell??”It did, however, contain enough fun bits and I appreciated the mo...
  • Patrick Pilz
    Not really sure what this is. One could categorize is of science fiction, but it is less rooted in science, more in present day events. It is an extrapolation based on current businesses, current business leaders and current technology and how this all may play out in the 2nd half of this century. If you like Ray Kurzweil's 'Singularity is near', this book paints what that may look like. I did not like his writing style. This is not written by a ...
  • Robert
    My first finished book of the New Year (2018) and it is a winner!The effect of technology on our lives as individuals and the evolution of mankind.What it means to be human, what constitutes humanity and what qualifies as life.The eternal search for human immortality. These are some of the big time questions and themes of this book. Mr. Bing, aka Gil Schwartz, successfully paints a picture of a near future, 50 years or so on, in which the world i...
  • Paul Johnson
    Just ok. Some interesting ideas, some obvious - digital brain implants, some not so much - though I really can't think of any. Bing's cynicism for the future is astonishing. In just 60 years we've trashed the planet, devolved and mutated (a near biology impossibility in such short span), can't think on our own because we're letting the big brain in the sky do most of it for us and the relentless greed of corporations that is all consumed with own...
  • Kristine
    Immortal Life by Stanley Bing is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early December.Arthur (who is going through a significant amount of self-reckoning at age 127) uses Gene, an genial and engineered android, as a shell to house his consciousness. His PCA, Sallie, carries around Lucy/Lucifer, an artificial iguana for sardonic comic relief and works as a kind of diplomat between him, Gene, and Gene's makers, Bob and Livia. There are several aspe...
  • Pat
    A very good read that takes place in the near future where technology rules and humans are bred for their bodies to be used by billionaires whose 160 y/o bodies are at the end of their useful, so-called lives. Interesting concept where tech implants are embedded in humans (no need to carry an iPhone anymore - just press the implant behind your ear to make and receive calls...). So a handful of very wealthy people are trying to rule the world at t...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Interesting sci-fi satire and meditation on class and wealth. Immortality is now the thing for the richest of the rich- the tech moguls who have lots of money and sometimes, not much heart or sense. Arthur is the richest of them all and he's got his minions working for him. This one won me over despite it not being my usual genre because of the sly and persuasive writing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This can and should be read as a cautionar...
  • Viva
    Promising start and interesting premise but I didn't like the writing. For example, the first chapter was a fairly good setup. But the second chapter was pointless and didn't go anywhere. After reading the second chapter, I had to read the back of the book to figure out what it meant. And it was more of the same after that: a lot of writing that didn't advance the story, it was just writing. Whatever it was, I didn't get it. 1 star = "did not lik...
  • Jeremy Bonnette
    It was okay, but I had some issues with aspects of the story. I got the overall message of it, but I wish some things had been different. The whole "let's keep Arthur quiet with massive amounts of alcohol" bit didn't work for me. With the amount of alcohol that Gene consumed in such a short period of time, I'd think he would either be blacked out or have alcohol poisoning, not sobering up every five minutes. Maybe he had a genetically engineered ...
  • Scott B
    I was hooked in the first 10% of this book, which started out by showing extremely high potential. This led to my expectations for the rest of the book, which turned out to be unbelievably disappointing. The characters were flat and unmotivated, the dialogue was atrocious, and the smaller events throughout the book made no sense at all. While I was curious on how the book would end through most of this, it is a short enough read to get through re...
  • Dan Christy
    Actually more like a 2.9, but thought a straight 2 was a little harsh. I wanted to like this book. It had so much potential, but fell so short of accomplishing anything and the last 100 pages felt like the author gave up and just walked by the typewriter each day and typed a paragraph. No flow, worse dialog I’ve read in a long time, and totally dropped any attempt at following the plot or maintaining continuity. Gave it a 3 mainly based on the ...
  • Kim
    Full of dark humor while simultaneously being almost too realistic. As the description says this could be us in the future. The technology here does hit a bit close to home. A very entertaining read and also mildly horrifying to think of something like this happening in our future. I found this to be a quick read and a page turner. The story is fast paced and keeps the readers attention throughout.
  • Jean Moloney
    This satire of a future started off great but got too strange as the story went on. The pace slowed down and really lost its way.Neat concept with a future where a scientist has just solved the mortality issue by copying the 'essence' of a very old billionaire and transplanting it into a young man's body.
  • Renee
    Entertaining read about what the world would (will?) look like as humans and technology become entwined in new and creepy ways, especially by the super rich. Lots of tongue-in-cheek humor, though the edginess got a little old by the end. Folks who enjoyed "Robopocalypse" would probably enjoy this (and vice-versa).
  • Alex Yard
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review which is available on Run Spot Run Dot Com.This had some innovative concepts and definitely some relevant themes, but there's a bit too many characters, the action is sometimes unclear, and while some moments are funny, other attempts at humor feel misplaced.
  • Rennie
    A cautionary view of where we could be headed. Nothing in our heads as Alexa thinks and drives for us - pacified into almost comatose consumerism with nothing meaningful to do. It started off well and held up to a scene similar to the old lady and Randall Flagg battle but finished up being somewhat campy. Two stars rounded up for the wake up call value.