In the novella “And So She Slept”, we meet Sadie Leren, a girl faced with her own mortality in the form of a terminal illness. Knowing that she only has months left of her life, she is heartbroken to discover that the drug that could potentially save her is just entering clinical trials, putting it a few years away from release. Terrified, and unwilling to accept her fate, she becomes fascinated with the lure of cryonics.
Cryopreservation has long been a topic of science fiction, but isn’t all make believe. According to the Cryonics Institute website:
“The concept of cryonics was introduced in 1962 by the Founder of the Cryonics Institute, Robert Ettinger, in his landmark book “The Prospect of Immortality.”
Cryonics involves cooling a recently deceased person to liquid nitrogen temperatures in order to keep the body preserved indefinitely. Our goal is to keep the patient preserved until future science is able to repair or replace vital tissues and ultimately revive the patient. It might seem like an impossible goal to “revive” a “dead” person. However, “dying” is a process rather than an event. A majority of the body’s tissues remain intact at a cellular level even after the heart stops beating. The goal of cryonics is to halt that process as quickly as possible after legal death, giving future physicians the best possible chance of reviving the patient. This may include repairing or replacing damaged tissues and even entire organs using advanced computer, nanotechology and medical equipment and procedures.
We believe that this will happen in a future where our lifespans can be significantly, even radically, extended.
Since 1962, the average lifespan has increased dramatically. Nanotechnology (which holds the promise of future biological repair) has become a major industry. Prominent companies, including Google, have begun focused efforts to retard and reverse aging. The promise of cryonics is becoming more apparent and more exciting.
We encourage you to explore this web site, get the facts and judge for yourself whether or not cryonics is right for you.”
Cryonics is much more than just the science of “freezing,” because our objective is life after revival, with renewed youth and extended lifespans. We want to make this a reality.
Dennis Kowalski – President
Currently, there are a few options if this is something you’d like to look into. There are legality issues concerning the state of the person that is interested in, pricing that suits the whole body or brain only option, and many other things to consider. There are also only a few facilities worldwide that are offering this second chance at life, so that could be a deciding factor for some as well.
I wrote this novella because of my strong interest in this possibility, but also because I love a good love story with a twist. Traditional endings are not my specialty, so I hope you spend an afternoon turning pages and enjoying the story.
The two institutions I’ve personally done the most research on are the Cryonics Institute, located in Michigan, and Alcor Life Extension Foundation, located in Arizona. Being a life long lover of science fiction, this is a decision I hope to be able to afford to make in the future. The lure of being able to see what the future holds, and the power to defeat death, is one of the most attractive desires to me. Regardless of what you think you know about this amazing advancement, I strongly encourage you to read and research.
Here’s a short video from the Cryonics Institute:
Here’s a brief PBS look at Alcor, and how bodies (and heads) are stored:
If you’d like to expand your own research and knowledge about cryonics, and how preservation and its pricing works, here are the links to the two facilities: