2018-02-27 04:44:49 UTC
I have recently started a project to reread some of my favorite science fiction books - some of which I read as long as 30 years ago. Unfortunately, for a few of them, I remember the stories but not the name of the book or the author.
Many years ago, I read a novel in which visitors of an alien species which had achieved personal immortality, came to earth. They visited us secretly and observed us for a very long time. The were able to remain invisible while doing so.
By some evolutionary fluke, this species looked and behaved so much like human beings that they could understand and relate very well to human experiences. This was so much so that they record the actual experiences of human beings - visual, audio and emotions - and provided them to their civilization as entertainment. Further, they often instigated these experiences my rendering some humans insane, often resulting in violent, tragic actions on family and friends.
One of the bye products of this species personal immortality was the inability to have children. To their surprise they found that they could have children with human beings. I will avoid boring people with too many details, but would like to mention two facts which might help nudge memories. (1) All members of the species were connected by some means which they referred to as The Web. (2) If any member of the species died (and they did only by unnatural means) every other member of The Web knew it.
I am trying to remember the name and author of the book. I would appreciate the help of anyone who recognizes it. If you require more information please feel free to ask.