Scientists, for all their creativity, will never discover a method for making people deader than dead. So if some of you are worried about being hydrogen-bombed, you are merely fearing death. There is nothing new in that. If there weren’t any hydrogen bombs, death will still be after you. And what is death but an absence of life? That is all it can ever be.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Fates Worse Than Death, 1991