Item description for Immortals, The by Tracy Hickman...
From the New York Times Best-Selling Author The future story of United States Internment Camps ... of the dreams of the pre-deceased ... and of triumph beyond oblivion. It's 2020, and an attempted cure for AIDS has mutated into a deadlier disease, V-CIDS. The U.S., under martial law, has set up "quarantine centers" in the Southwest. Searching for his gay son, Jon, media mogul Michael Barris smuggles himself into one of centers only to discover that it and the other centers are actually extermination camps. With a strange assortment of allies, including the leader of the camp's gay barracks, an army officer and a local cowboy, Barris precipitates an inmates' rebellion that promises the unraveling of the death-camp system and the overthrow of the government that established it. This new edition of The Immortals brings this important work back into print. "Powerful... disturbing... A vision of the future that is all too possible..." - Margaret Weis "Masterful ... sensitive ... controversial ... Hickman holds up a mirror to our society." - R. A. Salvatore "Excellent and exciting ... An important book..." - Robin Wayne Bailey.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 4.1" Height: 1" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2008
Publisher Margaret Weis Productions
ISBN 1931567395 ISBN13 9781931567398
Availability 0 units.
More About Tracy Hickman
Tracy Hickman has been writing and exploring fantasy and science fiction since the 1970s. Tracy eventually became a New York Times bestselling author (with Margaret Weis) of numerous series such as Dragonlance, the Death Gate Cycle, Darksword, and Rose of the Prophet and other series. Together with his wife Laura, Tracy has created Dragonlance and Ravenloft games and, more recently, their own fantasy series, The Bronze Canticles. Song of the Dragon and Citadels of the Lost are the first two novels in The Annals of Drakis. Tracy and Laura live in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah and have four grown children.
Tracy Hickman currently resides in Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Immortals, The?
Beautiful Apr 26, 2008
This book is one of the best I have ever read in my life. Tracy Hickman's masterpiece paints as Margaret Weis says, "a future that is all too possible." The book is very deep, has compelling characters, and is so good it should be required reading for highschool students.
Agenda Driven Feb 20, 2008
For me this book was too slow, ponderous, and dark. There is some kind of agenda issue here of trying to portray gays as being discriminated against in this dark world. I think it was overdrawn and overblown, and not a reflection of the world as it really is.
Hear the PodioBook, too... Jan 24, 2007
The reissue of this work on [...] is astounding. Tracy's natural ability of storytelling shows through in the audio production of this work. He and his wife do a great job voicing the differenct characters, and the production quality of the work is a-ma-zing...
light shining through the darkness of an ugly future Sep 13, 2005
The Immortals is a masterful balancing act between the ugly and the sublime. It shows a variety of ways that we can react when put in the worst of situations. Typical of Hickman's writing there is conflict between good and evil on an epic scale as well as internal as the characters struggle against tyranny and against their own predjudices and fears.
One reviewer said that the book had "painful character cliches (wise father/prodigal son . . ." I felt just the opposite. I felt like Hickman took cliche's and turned them around. The "wise father/prodigal son" turned into the prodigal father seeking redemption and the forgiveness of his son.
Even though the title, The Immortals, refers to the idea that "we live because we are remembered" what really appealed to me was the main character showing that we live because we choose to live. Even if we are treated like animals we don't have to become animals. We determine who we are. And we live best when we live bravely, with compassion for others, and with enthusiasm for the beauty that can be found even in the most ugly of situations. Anyone who lives that way is definitely worth remembering and emulating, even if it is just one of Hickman's fictional characters.
Bad Science, OK Fiction Sep 30, 2002
If you prefer hard science Sci-Fi, avoid this book. The difficulty in writing Sci-Fi set in the near future is maintaining a sense of believability. Unfortunately, the science as set forth in this novel is sadly deficient. Even if the technologigal geegaws set forth in this book were invented in late 1996 (the book was printed in May, 1996) it is implausible that they would have totally replaced the former infrastructure by 2010 (the year in which the main events occur).
However, this Sci-Fi book is more interested in the story than the technical geegaws. Within the technological framework given, the story, although treacly and predictable, is enjoyable as a borrow once from the library book. I would not recommend purchase of it tho.