I wrote recently about 5 ways my novel Biotime shows wealth and creativity can’t mix.
You’ve always suspected that might be true. Biotime explains why it is.
I also blogged on 7 ways my sci-fi novel Biotime explains the meaning of life. One way was by contrasting how you would behave if you suddenly found you had only six weeks left to live; with how you would behave if you learned that you could live forever.
In the first case, we’d all try to enjoy an intense six weeks.
Most recently, I wrote about how Biotime used Klimt and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which come together in the former’s magnificent Beethoven frieze, to show how people can find happiness.
So I was delighted to rediscover new material on this theme when I posted my latest droplet of Biotime, “I have to go to Samarkand“. In that excerpt, the pale but extraordinarily interesting Martha O’Leary says: “I don’t care how many studies have shown Biotime doesn’t affect your intellect or emotions. All the great artists have been One Lifers. It’s like Peter Pan. You can’t have real feelings if you live forever.‘
This comes back to the quote by Steve Jobs which opens Biotime:
‘Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.’
Peter Pan, of course, is eternally youthful. Although characterised in Wikipedia as “an exaggerated stereotype of a boastful and careless boy”, he is sometimes wise. Faced by death on Marooners’ Rock, he says: ‘To die will be an awfully big adventure’.
Maybe that’s where Steve Jobs got it from.
If you want some suggestions on how you can best enjoy Biotime; its profusion of profound ideas; and a rollicking good read, check out “4 channels to great writing and ideas – Part 1. Biotime”.
It’s a wonderful ride.