This Immortal

This Immortal

by Roger Zelazny

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Overview

Conrad Nomikos has a long, rich personal history that he's rather not talk about. And, as Arts Commissioner, he's been giving a job he'd rather not do. Escorting an alien grandee on a guided tour of the shattered remains of Earth is not something he relishes- especially when it is apparent that this places him at the center high-level intrigue that has some bearing on the future of Earth itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596874558
Publisher: J.T. Colby & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/23/2011
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) studied Elizabethan and Jacobean drama at Columbia University before bursting on to the science fiction scene while still in his mid-twenties. Among his many books are Four for Tomorrow, The Dream Master, A Rose for Ecclesiastes and the many titles in the Chronicle of Amber.

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philippmichelreichold More than 1 year ago
Basically This Immortal, known in an earlier incarnation as Call me Conrad, is one of Zelazny's heroic epics with no less than the fate of humanity at stake. The principal character, Conrad, is typical of most of Zelazny's heros. He is for all practical purposes immortal. Like Bugs Bunny, he does not go out of his way to cause trouble for others, but does not suffer abuse lightly. He plans carefully, trying not to act rashly. And he changes his feelings and views as he grows older and wiser. These traits lead, of course, to conflict. Conrad is retained to give a high caste alien from Vega named Cort Myshtigo a tour of earth for a survey. Because of the relationship between Vegans and humanity, this incites some resentment against the alien and concern for the future of humanity. The smart money has wagered that the way to save humanity is to kill Cort. Conrad makes it plain that he prefers to wait until he has enough information to decide, and spends most of his time shielding Cort from attempts on his life. Irony The novel contains a great deal of irony which is used to show mankind returning from the brink of extinction and beginning the process of healing its wounds.. Episodes occur in which the putative destroyer is the instrument of salvation. The first of these occurs in Egypt. Hasan has been hired by the Agency to protect Cort. But as is known or suspected by everyone except Cort, Hasan is also a Radpole agent sent to kill him. In the final ironic twist of this episode, Hasan saves Cort from a boadile while trying to kill him. Other ironies abound. Twice, those thought lost are returned and bring salvation with them. The first returned is Conrad's dog, Bortran. Bortran had gone missing years earlier and has been searching for his master ever since. After Conrad returns to Greece on this tour, Bortran crosses his trail. He catches up with Conrad just in time to rescue him from the Kouretes. Next to return from the presumed dead is Conrad's wife, Cassandra. While burning an old friend, Conrad and his party are set upon by the Beast of Thessaly. In a dramatic sequence worthy of Dickens, they battle the Beast until Cassandra plays Zeus and strikes the Beast dead . In a more prolonged twist, the Radpole is trying to kill the one Vegan who can save earth and set it free. Throughout the story Conrad repeatedly intercedes to stay his execution, opposing the Radpole which he had founded decades before. The final irony is in the very nature of the Kallikanzaros. Rather than being the instrument of the world's destruction as in Greek myth, he is to be its savior.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So I have mixed feelings about this one. It's crazy to think that it shared the Hugo award with Dune because it's scope is so much smaller than Dune's. Okay yes the world is mostly destroyed and there's an alien race that has kind of taken over, but the story really zooms in on a kind of action/adventure thing with a main character that is never really defined. Is he a god? A mutant? The child of a god? It's really never figured out.The radiated people with their leader was definitely a homage to Doctor Moreau. I don't know where the dog came from (I assumed it was from myth but google's not coming up with anything). Not sure about the black beast either. The overall story seemed thought out but it seemed at times he just threw this extra stuff in to add some action and mystery. Unfortunately for me it ended up feeling kind of like Stephen King's Dark Tower series, just kind of stream of consciousness with nothing really connected (although King's series may have connected in the end, I only read the first 3).I'm sure I'll probably hear from some sci-fi elitist about how I have transgressed against Zelazny's the god of sci-fi. Just please remember this isn't a personal insult, I've met the guy, he was one of the nicest guys on the planet. I've liked (and sometimes loved) a bunch of his stuff. But this is two in a row now that didn't really do it for me so I'm starting to worry that I've read all his good stuff.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is quite simple, but at the same time very complex. Its sometime in the future. There has been a horrible war on earth, leaving large amounts of land radioactive. On top of that, an alien species called the "Vegans". Rule the Earth. Conrad Nimikos is a man of mystery - he has lived a long time, and fought in the last war with the Vegans. When he is chosen as tour guide to an important Vegan person, he has decisions to make.This is a story of hero's, of ancient myths, of a new future. Zelazny has managed to capture the stories of Greek Mythology and turn them around in a modern setting. The characters are nicely complex. It reads well for being 44 years old.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Post apocalyptic earth is being toured by an alien, whose species helped save us after we mostly blew up our home. The tour guide is the main character & most of the trip is through a surreal blending of SF & diverse mythology. It's short, quirky & simple on the surface, but there are offhand references, names & partial quotes that make this story a bit of a treasure hunt. Even if you are well read in the classics & mythology, re-reads reveal more each time. It's a lot of fun to read & one of my favorite books of all time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago