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The Soldier and Death
Henson Associates

Jim Henson's "The Storyteller" series featured an episode titled "The Soldier and Death," based on a Russian folktale. The episode presented death as a small, inhuman creature with large, emotive eyes. When the soldier catches Death in a magical sack, he is forced to come to terms with the necessity of mortality -- and is himself cursed with immortality.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.