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Buying Time (1989)

por Joe Haldeman

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The Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War explores a world where time is money-and for some, both are running out . . . The Stileman Process is a medical miracle: Every ten years or so, you can restore youth and health to your aging, ailing body-as long as you can pay the enormous fee. The scientific advancement has altered the twenty-first-century world even more than space travel. Dallas Barr is one of the oldest men on Earth, and now he needs to repeat the procedure. But while scrambling desperately for his next essential million, he meets Maria, a woman from a previous life-and makes two chilling discoveries: Not all Stileman "immortals" were created the same. And their days may be more numbered than they think . . . From the author of The Hemingway Hoax and Camouflage, and the recipient of multiple science fiction honors including the Hugo, John W. Campbell, and Robert A. Heinlein Awards.… (mais)
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I'd read [b:The Forever War|21611|The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)|Joe Haldeman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1386852511s/21611.jpg|423] in high school 30 years ago and there are parts of it that I still think of to this day. I have a feeling that I'll be thinking of this book for quite a while, too. The story seemed to be all over the place (but metaphorically as well as geographically), and I'm not entirely convinced that there weren't some sections that were just there to pad out the length. The book was published in 1990, and it's interesting to read about the FUTURE of 1995, 2015, etc, and how there are some basic tech that happened during that time that obviously the author couldn't/didn't anticipate (like cell phones and ubiquitous internet).
The core story is of 2 people on the run from people out to get them and the various adventures that they get into; nothing innovative there. The world-building is what set this story apart - that and the 2 methods of "immortality" that are explored. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
A techno-conspiracy thriller where Immortaility is medically possible, aside from accident or murder but the procedure must be repeated every ten years or so and you must hand over all your worldly goods to the Foundation that monopolises the procedure in order to get it done - additionally, you must be able to give at least a million every time.

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  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
A fun SF story about a well-thought out immortality and it's effect on personality, society, and financials. The book has plenty of story, action, and plot twists that keep it very interesting as the science is broken down. The characters are great, but don't hold too much personality. While it is a very good book, it is not as good as Forever War. SF fans should still check out this book though. ( )
  renbedell | Jul 26, 2017 |
A good, compelling read. The strange biology came out of nowhere at the end, and didn't seem necessary to resolve the plot. But the resolution worked anyway, even if it was given somewhat more cursory attention than the rest of the plot. ( )
  teknognome | Nov 14, 2016 |
I've read a lot of Haldeman's books and this one is, by far, my favorite.
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The Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War explores a world where time is money-and for some, both are running out . . . The Stileman Process is a medical miracle: Every ten years or so, you can restore youth and health to your aging, ailing body-as long as you can pay the enormous fee. The scientific advancement has altered the twenty-first-century world even more than space travel. Dallas Barr is one of the oldest men on Earth, and now he needs to repeat the procedure. But while scrambling desperately for his next essential million, he meets Maria, a woman from a previous life-and makes two chilling discoveries: Not all Stileman "immortals" were created the same. And their days may be more numbered than they think . . . From the author of The Hemingway Hoax and Camouflage, and the recipient of multiple science fiction honors including the Hugo, John W. Campbell, and Robert A. Heinlein Awards.

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