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Old 10th Jun 2005, 12:56   #7
John Self
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Finished Mutants last night. Little more to add than the quotes already given. It does become a little technical, albeit necessarily so, in places, which is the only thing that stops me from elevating it to red-letter-five-star status, so it remains a lowly monochrome five-star read. Fascinating stuff though, particularly when he addresses in the last chapter proper the notion that there is no fixed limit to the lifespan of humans. Bit by bit, he argues, we will conquer the various mutations which we now consider a part of the 'natural' ageing process. And then, having previously succeeded in protecting its young from death, the Western World will have completed its second project: protecting its old from death too.
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