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Methuselah's Children





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In the distant future, America has at last fulfilled its original promise of Liberty and Justice for all. And the widespread social climate of openness and tolerance has led some to believe that time has come to risk exposure.

Products of careful hereditary planning that greatly increased their lifespans, the Families had, for their own protection, concealed their existence for centuries, recognizing that other human beings were likely to resent them for their virtual immortality.

Unfortunately, they were seriously mistaken about society's readiness to accept them now.

"Normal" citizens greet them with open hatred and, occasionally, violence. The American government, meanwhile - convinced the Families; longevity has nothing to do with selective breeding, but is in fact the result of some secret technique they are deliberately withholding from the rest of the human race - intends to arrest every Family member it can find and learn the secret. By force if necessary.

To escape persecution, the Families turn to one of their own - Lazarus Long, a rugged adventurer who gives them hope for survival. But it is hope tinged with peril - a plan for leaving Earth to find a safe new world. Somewhere. . .

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