Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 235: The Alchemy of Forever - Immortality in Speculative Fiction

August 14, 2020

The concept of eternal life is not a new trope in Speculative Fiction. Everything from the earliest oral tradition to the myths of the classical world to today's modern SFF engages with the idea. But what drives stories of this type and what causes us to flip the script and look at the disadvantages? This week, the dragons look at these questions and many others as they examine how the tropes of immortality and eternal life are treated in speculative fiction. Under the microscope this week - vampires, The Old Guard, Full Metal Alchemist and many more.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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