The countdown clock explained

By Stephen. September 8th, 2010

Oxadrenals has posted a “Sequencing Countdown” without explanation. However, the penultimate installment of The Immortal Blair appears to explain what this “countdown clock” refers to: At the present moment, the DNA sample Richard Menniss so violently tore from Blair’s body is undergoing sequencing in order to identify the genetic source of his immortality.* Presumably this is occurring somewhere in Santa Cruz County, most likely hidden underground somewhere among the redwoods.

But installment 13 contains much more than this crucial information. Here’s one quote that caught my attention:

(Blair has, for the first time in his life, abandoned caution and taken a risk with his life. He does so, in a sense, by gathering himself up and throwing himself at Menniss.)

Was this how mortals did it? Blinded themselves at the moment of crisis, for a moment let themselves forget?

The question he’s addressing here is one I have chewed over for some time: Why is it that we mortals are ever willing to risk our lives for pleasure, excitement, profession or for other people? Once life is gone, it’s gone. Yet, people hang-glide, rock-climb, drive drunk and join the army. Is it simply that for a moment we blind ourselves, let ourselves forget? — Stephen

*Of course, even when the sequencing finishes, physical immortality will not be achieved. There will remain many obstacles, even aside from the possible intervention of Alexandros.


  1. c says:

    Because it gives them the thrill of being “alive”/”euphoria”, like they never felt before, the attention of having it and wanting it be seen on centre stage.

    self-esteem issue too?

  2. Merlin says:

    I concur with the notion that, even when the sequencing is completed, there will be many obstacles even ignoring anything Alexandros might do. Suppose, for one example, that the sequencing shows no identifiable difference between a typical mortal DNA and Blair’s. Or, even if there is a difference, what if a mortal’s physiology won’t accept reprogramming with this new data?

  3. C says:

    the body ‘s just an empty shell

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