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126 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1990
"You wanted to live forever."
"I didn't say anything about travelling in time," said Eric. "I was very clear about it so there'd be no tricks."
"There isn't a trick. The wish is trying to be helpful. I mean, it's pretty obvious when you think about it. 'Forever' means the entire span of space and time. Forever. For Ever. See?"
"You mean you have to sort of start at Square One?"
"But that's no good! It's going to be years before there's anyone else around!"
"Centuries," corrected Rincewind gloomily. "Millennia. Iains. And then there's going to be all kinds of wars and monsters and stuff. Most of history is pretty appalling, when you look hard at it. Or even not very hard."