I call it immortality by association. For instance, a collection of 18 magazines exists called the“Stephen King Rarities" (pictured to the left) because they contain some of his earliest published stories. It contains two of his, which is twice the one of mine included. But it lists every author in the collection, so I ride to reflected fame on the quill tips of Stephen King's pen.
And this is also true for collections of Nero Wolfe and Robert Block and Agatha Christy.
I found the whole idea of my "immorality" silly and undesired, until I began to think of it in terms of legacy. I still don't want a perpetualization of my name. My name can disappear from the footnotes and margin doodles of history, but shouldn't I, and us all, want a legacy of righteousness to others to exist. If we do what is right to another, and in turn, that person does right to someone else because of it, and that someone else continues the process and so on generation after generation, then isn't that a true and desired legacy?
In the way of righteousness there is life;
along that path is immortality.
My friend, you will not be forgotten once your spirit departs from your earthly body. Whether you desire it or not, you will leave a legacy. We all leave a legacy of some note. Hopefully, the legacy is a positive one.