Books about immortalism, aging and living forever. Genres include: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Literary Fiction, Mystery.
Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
- In the Garden of Iden: A Novel of the Company
Author: Baker, Kage
Publisher: Harcourt $ 23 ISBN: 0151002991 Date: 1998
In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of arts and extinct forms of life. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company. Mendoza is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. Her quest is jeopardized by Nicholas Harpole, who stirs unfamiliar emotions within her about her future--with a man she will long outlive
- Mendoza in Hollywood
Author: Baker, Kage
Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 015100448x Date: 2000
At Cahuenga Pass, in a stagecoach inn on the road to Los Angeles, Mendoza meets her new cyborg colleagues in this third novel of the Company. In the vein of Grand Hotel, readers get to know the lives and stories, both sad and funny, of these operatives from the 24th century.
- The Graveyard Game
Author: Baker, Kage
Publisher: Harcourt $ 24 ISBN: 0151004498 Date: 2001
Dedicated to saving the future by preserving the past, the cyborgs of the Company now wonder if they must save themselves. In this fourth book in the Company series, Baker once again takes readers on a wry, intelligent, and absorbing journey into the future and the past.
- Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers
Author: Baker, Kage
Publisher: Golden Gryphon $ 24.95 ISBN: 1930846118 Date: 2002
Author: Bear, Greg
Publisher: Harper Prism $ 24.95 ISBN: 03454325281 Date: 2002
After an attempt on his life, scientist Hal Cousins is trapped inside an ever-twisting maze of shocking revelations. He's not the first person to come close to uncovering the key to immortality--and those who came before him will stop at nothing to keep the secret to themselves.
- From the Dust Returned: A Family Remembrance
Author: Bradbury, Ray
Publisher: Morrow $ 23 ISBN: 0380973820 Date: 2001
VOYA Best Speculative Fiction, Bram Stoker Award Nominee
One of the world's great literary icons presents the full-length tale of the Elliotts--a family of outlandish, great-hearted, and loving-spirited Halloween creatures and their "abnormal" adopted son--Timothy--who can see his reflection in the mirror.
- The Mistress of Spices
Author: Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
Publisher: Anchor $ 22.95 ISBN: 038548237x Date: 1997
Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, "The Mistress of Spices" tells the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time in a faraway place who is trained in the ancient art of spices. When Tilo--disguised in the gnarled body of an old woman--travels to present-day Oakland, California, an unexpected romance with a handsome stranger forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life.
- My Soul to Keep
Author: Due, Tananarive
Publisher: HarperCollins $ 24 ISBN: 0060187425 Date: 1997
PW Editor's Choice
Tananarive Due mixes nearly unbearable suspense with fantasy and horror in this tightly woven tale. When people close to her begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, Jessica's husband makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago he and other members of an Ethiopian sect gave up their humanity for immortality--a secret that he must now protect at any cost.
Author: Findley, Timothy
Publisher: HarperCollins $ 25 ISBN: 006019197x Date: 2000
NYTBR Notable, LJ Best Books
The immortal Pilgrim has lived many lives, both as male and female, but becomes despondent. After a failed suicide attempt, he is taken to Carl Jung, who, hungry for a spiritual and intellectual challenge, coaxes Pilgrim to reveal his astonishing life stories. The result is an accessible trip through 4,000 years of history and an engaging cast of characters.
- The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Author: Greer, Andrew Sean
Publisher: FSG $ 23 ISBN: 0374128715 Date: 2004
Booklist LJ PW
A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which people live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
- First Immortal
Author: Halperin, James L.
Publisher: Del Rey $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345420926 Date: 1998
Best Books for Teen Readers, VOYA Best Genre Books
In 1988, Benjamin Smith suffers a massive heart attack and has his body cryogenically stored. Yet when Ben resumes life after a frozen interval of 83 years, the world is altered beyond recognition. Thanks to cutting-edge science, eternal youth is universally available and the perfection of cloning gives humanity the godlike power to re-create living beings from a single cell. As Ben and his family are resurrected in the mid 21st century, they experience a complex reunion that reaches through generations--and discover that the deepest ethical dilemmas remain.
Author: Hamill, Pete
Publisher: Little, Brown $ 25.95 ISBN: 0316341118 Date: 2003
Cormac O'Connor, who arrives in New York City from Ireland in 1741, has been given the gift of immortality--but only on the condition that he never leave the island of Manhattan. Through his eyes, this magical epic follows the city's transformation from a burgeoning settlement to the thriving metropolis of the present day. But this is also Cormac's story as he explores the mysteries of time and immortality, death and loss, sex and love.
Suggested Reading: Time Travel Stars
- The Impossible
Author: O'Leary, Patrick
Publisher: Tor $ 25.95 ISBN: 076530337x Date: 2002
An extraordinary literary science fiction novel by the author of Door Number Three explores alien invasion, resurrection, and brotherly love.
- The Risen Empire: Book One of the Succession
Author: Westerfield, Scott
Publisher: Tor $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765305550 Date: 2003
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.