Why Call Them Back From Heaven?

Immortality The ultimate reward To come back to life and never die again that s what Forever Center promises the human race And that s why, in the year 2148, people spend their whole lives in poverty, giving all their money to Forever Center to ensure their happiness and comfort in the next eternal life.Daniel Frost is a key man at Forever Center When he accidentaImmortality The ultimate reward To come back to life and never die again that s what Forever Center promises the human race And that s why, in the year 2148, people spend their whole lives in poverty, giving all their money to Forever Center to ensure their happiness and comfort in the next eternal life.Daniel Frost is a key man at Forever Center When he accidentally stumbles onto some classified documents, Dan incurs the wrath of an unseen enemy who has him framed and denounced as a social outcast With the notorious mark of ostracization on his forehead, he is condemned to the desperate life of a hunted animal But a few people will risk their lives to help him Ann Harrison, the beautiful renegade lawyer who is convinced of his innocence, and Mona Campbell, the brilliant mathematician who has discovered some shattering information about Forever Centerd the essence of life itself.
Why Call Them Back From Heaven Immortality The ultimate reward To come back to life and never die again that s what Forever Center promises the human race And that s why in the year people spend their whole lives in poverty

  • Title: Why Call Them Back From Heaven?
  • Author: Clifford D. Simak
  • ISBN: 9780413556004
  • Page: 109
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    1. Although the concept of cryogenically preserving the bodies of the living had been a trope of Golden Age science fiction from the 1930s and onward, it wasn't until New Jersey-born Robert Ettinger released his hardheaded book on the subject, 1962’s "The Prospect of Immortality," that the idea began to be taken seriously. Ettinger would go on to found the Cryonics Institute in Michigan around 15 years later; over 1,300 folks have subscribed to this facility as of 2015, agreeing to pay $30,000 to [...]

    2. Can science ever replace religion8 February 2012 I first heard of this book when a friend at Adult College reviewed it for year 11 English and since then I have had a keen interest to read it for myself. One of the things that I like about Science-fiction written around this period is that there seemed to be some philosophical theme around which the story is written. They tended not to be science-fiction for the sake of science-fiction but rather using the genre to explore aspects of our society [...]

    3. Despite the excellent quality of the writing and the well-paced plot, I found this to be an oddly dissatisfying story. Simak simply leaves too many loose ends, and fails to explore deeply the philosophical and sociological potential of his premise.His premise is that a single company, Forever Center, has obtained a monopoly on cryogenics and the promise of a second life. The bulk of the population has signed up for the program, which entails surgically implanted transmitters so their dead bodies [...]

    4. My first Clifford Simak novel. In style as well as subject, it's not really different from any Philip Dick novel of the period, except there's no flying cars, white teeth, and the philosophy behind the science fiction seems a little different, though hard to say exactly how just yet.The plot is pretty silly- sort of a Life Alert Nanny State to the extreme, and maybe dealing with the biggest Ponzi Scheme in history- but there are moments, concerning a man trying to keep a cross erect on an island [...]

    5. The Forever Center is the leading medical research corporation on the planet. They offer to freeze your body before death and then revive you later when they are able to heal you. The catch is that you have to sign all your wealth over to them while you are frozen, setting up a snowball effect as the company grows bigger, researches more, and fills building after building after building with frozen bodies. This is interesting! Near immortality + monopoly == massive social change! However, after [...]

    6. Clifford Simak often has a religious cloaking about his stories. The Fellowship of the Talisman centers around an Aramaic manuscript detailing the ministry of Jesus in a more objective manner than the gospels (all written for a specific kerygmatic purpose other than history per se). A Choice of Gods featured a group of robots who studied religion and tried to understand an authentic meaning of “god,” while I picked up the book because of the wonderful “robot monk” on the cover of my edit [...]

    7. Why Call Them Back from Heaven? by Clifford Simak was originally published in 1967. It’s a dystopian story with an interesting concept. Cryogenics has become a massive movement which nearly everybody participates in. Most people have their bodies frozen at the time of death in order to be revived at a later date. The Forever Center is in charge of this process and people who participate leave their wealth in the hands of Forever Center at the time of their death. Allowing the company to invest [...]

    8. A somewhat underdeveloped effort by Simak, but darker in theme than the other books I have read by him, more serious and prescient, in which dead have all been frozen with the promise of a future regeneration when society can support them, but do the living really want them back?Daniel Frost works at the Forever Centre, the corporation responsible for the preserving of the bodies of the dead. By accident he discovers some dark secrets and has to go on the run from the authorities and his own emp [...]

    9. Simak, again one of my favorites and an un-sung classic sci-fi writer, produced a short novel that is high on concept, low on plot. It's really a glimpse at a world where a type of immortality has been made possible, with some sort-of mystery plot in the middle of it. The resolution of the big mystery takes only two pages and is honestly less interesting then the plight of the hermit who keeps trying to rebuild a cross he buries in the sand. It's a good, quick read to get you thinking.

    10. Simak posits a future society that institutes a universal guarantee of cryonic preservation at death which he uses to create a somewhat standard-issue dystopia where those not subscribing to the dominant paradigm are marginalized or criminalized. There are some interesting ideas about the technical and financial aspects of this scheme, but none are rigorously examined. The mechanics and logistics of the large scale cryonic project depicted are not examined in any great detail, with questions suc [...]

    11. I gave up on this piece of s*&$ book after reading Simak's supposed "description" of a female mathematician thinking that she's warped by studying "unwomanly things", that a woman needs no more of mathematics than to balance the family budget, and no more to do with Life than birthing or rearing a new one.I will never again in my entire life read another Clifford D. Simak book; I am on a permanent boycott of his sexist, horrible books. (Also, he had a female lawyer wondering if a woman had t [...]

    12. Always impressed with a Clifford D. Simak novel, this thoughtful look at the concept of man's flirtation with immortality follows one man's journey through a society which at times seems like the ideal and at others seems like a dystopia. The characters are real and well thought out, as is the plot, and Simak's simple narrative is as easy to read and as compelling in this as it was in the first novel of his I picked up (Shakespeare's Planet).A great read, and a great idea, I recommend.

    13. funny to read, but intellectually dull as if Trump wrote it by arrranging randomly his tweets into novell.Character says hes afraind of winter but then leaving town heads north.Also girl solves meaning of life but then dont want to go public for fear of offending some people.What kind of utter bullshit is that?

    14. The dialogue in this is a little difficult to get into, but, as usual, Simak's writing style works so well in my eyes.

    15. By 2148, most of the world is controlled by Forever Center, a private company that cryogenically preserves the dead and is working to find immortality. Most people scrimp and save during their lives for the perfection promised by Forever Center—immortality, rebirth from cold storage into a young body. Death or imprisonment are no longer punishments with immortality to look forward to, and war has ceased to exist; even ostracization from the human race has the promise of rebirth into a young bo [...]

    16. Is the soul immortal? If it is and physical immortality is available, should humanity chose physical immortality over spiritual immortality? These are some of the interesting question this book by Clifford Simak asks in a most engaging manner.The story takes place in the mid-22nd century. The main character, Dan Frost, works at the Forever Center. The Forever Center has billions preserved dead people under ice waiting for the second immortal life. Dan finds a top secret Forever Center memo and t [...]

    17. E' possibile che la scienza riesca, un giorno, a dare una nuova vita agli uomini? Nella società futura, gli uomini vivranno con questa certezza. Ogni uomo e ogni donna avranno questa seconda possibilità perché i loro corpi, dopo la morte, verranno conservati nel Centro dell'Eternità, l'organizzazione che promette una sicura resurrezione scientifica in un giorno futuro. Ma per rinascere in un mondo migliore, chi muore deve essere ricco deve avere la possibilità di accumulare le proprie ricch [...]

    18. Simak writes a strange tale of an America that has discovered how to bring bodies back to life. At least a private company claims to have unlatched this secret. As a result people are pouring all their resources and savings into a place to store their frozen body in order to be "resurrected" in a better future. The problem is that they are destroying their present one for the sake of what may or may not be.There are questions: Is it true? How do we know? And even if it is true, what is this futu [...]

    19. A novel written in 1967, during the golden age of science fiction when the reader was still required to think about philosophical stuff and not just get a giggle from product placement and references to current popular culture. Perhaps not Simak's best but certainly head and shoulders above some of what passes for science fiction. There are some secondary themes going on but, mainly, it is the 2148 and the elderly and terminally ill are being frozen until medicine improves to the point that they [...]

    20. What if physical resurrection and immortality were a possibility? A great idea. Unfortunately there are problems with the execution. Take chapter seven. This features three unnamed characters we will never meet again: the salesman, the woman and the woman's husband. They are thinking about buying some land, as land will be worth more once the dead are resurrected. Meanwhile, the hero's character is being left undeveloped. A few chapters before we have been treated to a scene of him attending a t [...]

    21. A wretched and tedious first half padded with tangential short stories somehow culminates in a cohesive and satisfying ending thanks to great prose, smart story developments, and a willingness to grapple fully with interesting themes. Simak clearly has storytelling talent, even when bent to a half-sketched and batty idea. Probably not the best place to start in his canon, but not outright bad either.

    22. This book has problems in many areas, including plot and pacing. It might have been a two star book when new, but now time has passed it by, too. Being outdated does nothing to ease the original problems.The story promises to be a study of the idea of eternal life. How does a belief in a second life affect people? The twist being that it's not some religious ramble, but actual physical immortality. By the end, though, these themes collapse into pseudo-mystical nonsense.

    23. Surprisingly good for something under 200 pages. A good base idea and a likely outcome.Assumes, like most SF, that humans will get to the point where they'll no longer depend on Nature before they'll harm it so much that it'll destroy them in self defense. I find that laughable, but I guess it's kind of hard to write SF without assuming that.Besides that part and the ever-present human evilness, saying it again, surprisingly good.

    24. This book was well on its way to getting five stars, but I found the ending a little dull. A lot of the best sci fi I've read recently has been ambiguous and open-ended, I like that. Everything's tied up quite nicely by Simak. Having said that, I really enjoyed the read, the premise is simple but interesting and the characters are well formed, even the ones with only a handful of pages to their name. This book has a comfortable 4*s from me.

    25. In 2148, everyone is cryogenically frozen upon death, having pinned their hopes on scientific promises of immortality on Earth rather than faith in the afterlife. What does this mean for religion and man's sense of himself in the universe? An intriguing premise, and told in a literary style, although the plot is resolved only semi-satisfyingly.

    26. Once in a while, Simak would write a stinker. This was one of them. I read about 20% of it and then had to stop. Poor characterization, a plot that may have worked 50 years ago but now just seems silly, and none of the pastoral charm and humanity that was Simak at his best. Disappointing.

    27. With the rise of the futurist movement, this book is oddly prescient. I'd certainly never before thought of the implications of the resurrection companies holding a growing portion of the world's wealth as the concept catches on.

    28. Re-reading this as i suggested it for our book club.The ideas are still intriguing and thought provoking. The characters are used as a vehicle to present these ideas, and are never further developed nor do they appear to change with the circumstances.

    29. The 'moral dilemma' of religion vs. secular science feels overwrought by today's standards. Simak's intelligent style is evident throughout, but the plot and characters are disjointed and flat. Definitely not Simak's best effort.

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