Why Call Them Back From Heaven Author:Simak, Clifford A NOVEL OF IMMORTALITY — "EXTREMELY PROVOCATIVE... deals with the effect on society of the kind of deep-freeze potential immortality we have heard so much about recently. Simak describes a rigid neopuritan culture, a world of penny-pinching, body-saving, emotional isolationists, living as unremittingly for the Next Life as ever fundamentalist Chr... more »istian did, because any man or woman who fails to provide an adequate investment sum to grow for him while he is frozen will be unable to compete in the reawakened society.
"The only free men in such a society are the outcasts. In the world of Forever Center, this means the rare criminals who have had a 'death sentence' and walk as living ghosts through the rest of their natural lives. aware that when they die, it will be for the last time, and forever...."« less