Review copy of Aaru provided by David Meredith
Death is a fact of life. We obsess over it. We avoid it. We embrace it. We have never stopped searching for ways to put it off, to stop it, to cure it. For as long as stories and fiction have been things in human culture, we have been dreaming up ways around death. Characters in some stories live unnaturally long lives. Some are cursed with undeath, the ability to die and die again and never stay dead. Since the advent of science-fiction, our tales have turned towards technology instead of magic for answers. Cyborgs, transcendent states of being, and complex virtual worlds dominate the fictional landscape.