RollbackBook - 2007
Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from aliens. Thirty-eight years later, a second message is received and Sarah, now 87, may hold the key to deciphering this one, too . . . if she lives long enough.
A wealthy industrialist offers to pay for Sarah to have a rollback--a hugely expensive experimental rejuvenation procedure. She accepts on condition that Don, her husband of sixty years, gets a rollback, too. The process works for Don, making him physically twenty-five again. But in a tragic twist, the rollback fails for Sarah, leaving her in her eighties.
While Don tries to deal with his newfound youth and the suddenly vast age gap between him and his wife, Sarah struggles to do again what she'd done once before: figure out what a signal from the stars contains.
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Don's scientist wife decoded a message from aliens years ago. Now that the reply has come, both Don and his wife (Sarah) are 87 years old and neither might live to see the reply decoded. However, a rich businessman agrees to give them both a 'rollback', a new medical procedure where one's physical age is rolled back. But this fountain of youth doesn't work for Sarah and raises ethical questions about living forever.
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