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The Survival Guide to Immortality
In The Riddle of Prague, a number of characters possess DNA that’s been transformed so that they’re immune to most diseases, they don’t seem to age, and they heal extremely quickly from flesh wounds. They’re not completely invulnerable to death, but they often live for hundreds of years without looking any older.
A few tips from our “Immortals” for The Survival Guide to Immortality:
Beg, borrow, cheat, and steal—do whatever it takes—to compile a fortune so you can live in a grand villa on the island of Capri, travel to Paris and Prague, and hire minions to do your bidding. Then make a foolproof plan for transferring every cent of wealth to your next incarnation. Death threats are helpful in this regard.
When you re-create yourself, come back as a member of your family so you can stay close to your loved ones, and explain why you look so much like your dear departed “Auntie” or “Granny”. You will most likely need to reveal your secret to one or two trusted individuals who can help stage your death and pave the way for your re-entry among the living.
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Bah! Don’t give a damn about the next life. Enjoy the one you’re in: eat, drink & be merry—all the dumplings you can eat, all the wine you can drink, and all the dancing you can do. Let your future self worry about the future.
Seal your memories in a deep, dark part of your mind so that you are not haunted by hundreds of years of sadness and torment. Do your best to forget everyone you ever knew. Trust no one. And above all, avoid falling in love.
The way to survive a lifetime of centuries is with charitable works. Doing good for all the beasts that roam the earth is the only salve to the wound from watching the world suffer and knowing you are mostly immune, at least to the physical aspects of death.
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