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CONTENTS

 

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Bio-Info

Acknowledgements

Dedication

Introduction

 

 

 ISSUE 1

 

Fib-Defib

by Fred Chamberlain

 

What if a brawny football player were struck by lightning while driving home from a CPR course, with a cryonicist?  Might there be an accident?  How might this be different than if an ambulance had been called?  How might chances of survival have been different?

 

Shadow

by Linda Chamberlain

 

If a young boy with a new puppy won't wear his Medic Alert bracelet, what might happen?  The puppy doesn’t have a Medic Alert bracelet, either.  How might an accident give the young boy more incentive to wear his Medic Alert bracelet?

 

by Fred Chamberlain

 

When an older astrophysicist finds he has a fast moving terminal illness, how might his wife make a difference?  Is she a physician?  How might that help?  Is some kind of virus, as might be the cause of a pandemic, involved?  What turns the corner for them?

 

Construction Site

by Linda Chamberlain

 

Parents are often skeptical about cryonics, but if one of their children developed a terminal illness, might they agree on it, or not?  Suppose one of the parents has an accident, and finds that nanotechnology is already part of medical practice?  Might that make a difference?

 

Odette

by Linda Chamberlain

 

Is ballet dancing only for the young?  Might the old and withered, past masters of the dance once again return to the stage, but in young bodies?  Might they have dreams, even nightmares, about a past when they were terribly decrepit and useless?

 

California Sunrise

by Fred Chamberlain

 

When a dying girl's mother is determined that she will not be frozen, how might her young husband react?  What might he do?  How might the mother scheme to place obstacles in the way?  How might they feel, finally, as they escape, and soar toward an endless future?

  

ISSUE 2

 

Grampa Chippers

by Linda Chamberlain

 

(Children’s Story)  Can a chipmunk find a way to save a life and earn a ticket to a space colony, at the same time?  Could the chipmunk enlist the help of his whole community to help rescue his best friend, an old mountain man whose wife is already frozen?

 

A Place By The Sea

by Fred Chamberlain

 

Suppose a beautiful blind woman "sees" cryonics but her husband is skeptical?  Will her circle of cryonics friends help her to work her way through events that threaten to make her a widow?  How will her dream of living on endlessly so as to get her sight back work out?

 

Dreams of an Old Man

by Fred Chamberlain

 

Could an old man's dreams become reality, through a cryonics organization of the future?  In his last moments, might he dream?  Might his dream involve a sparkling, older nurse who finally signed up for cryonics, at his urging?  Will they both get frozen, or not?

 

ISSUE 3

 

Innerzones

by Fred Chamberlain

 

Nanotechnology could be a way of restoring future patients to life, but if there were warfare based on it, how might we survive?  What if an attack by nanobots were already in progress, but politicians were afraid to take action fast enough?  What then?

 

Never Enough Time

by Linda Chamberlain

 

If a couple were parted at the moment they were married, and then were separated by a gulf of decades, how would the one “left behind” feel?  Could the lack of a medic alert bracelet have played a part?  Could what happened then lead to even higher levels of commitment?

 

Save The Whales

by Linda Chamberlain

 

Aliens find that humans have invented nuclear power and have gone to the moon, but are still almost oblivious to their short lifespans!  Is this some kind of disease?  How would a tiny band of cryonicists strike them?  Might they be the only ones worth rescuing?

 

You & Me

by Fred Chamberlain

 

What might our future be like, with uploading? (poem)  Might our minds become ‘visible’ to each other, in the way that now we can see each other’s physical forms?  What might it be like to live in a society of that kind?  (A premonition, 20 years ago, of Terasem!)

 

 ISSUE 4

 

Nothing’s Impossible

by Fred Chamberlain

 

Suppose repairing brains was very difficult?  And suppose a way to upload reliably were found and everybody had done it, before you got “reanimated”?  Would they just tell you all about it, the moment you woke up?  Or might they keep you in the dark for a while?

 

False Door

by Linda Chamberlain

 

For archeologists of the future, might there be a way to look even more directly into the past?  But how could those of the past have any way to trust those of the future?  Would they take defensive measures to test those who might want to pick their brains?

 

Flowers Along a Sunlit Lane

by Fred Chamberlain

 

Suppose your son kept asking you to sign up for cryonics, but your husband had long ago given up on your shared dream to go on together, as far as possible?  Suppose he were so skeptical of cryonics as to not even want to give it a try?  What might change this around?

 

ISSUE 5

 

The Million Million Days

by Lee Corbin

 

Can a gypsy's curse take you into a near-infinite microcosm?  Imagine how it would feel to literally live ‘forever’, without becoming something so different from what you are now as to be unrecognizable.  How would you like to spend a trillion evenings at the local bar?

 

The Flight of Captain Lisa Chaumet

by Linda Chamberlain

 

What if you kept freezing your husbands as they die?  If that made you a criminal, under the laws against polygamy, wouldn’t you and your trusted starship pilot (she’s an AI) be “fugitives from justice”?  Would you now have to stay on-the-run for all eternity? 

  

The Sturford Curse

by Fred Chamberlain

based on a story idea by John de Rivaz

 

If a coroner is unkind to a cryonicist, might a curse then come back to haunt him?  And, how about the cryonicist he autopsied?  Is he done for, or not?  How might the curse of some unknown individual then doom the coroner to a screaming death, as payback?

 

ISSUE 6

 

Mass on Christmas Day, 8936-AD

by Thomas Donaldson

 

What might it be like in the deep future, on Christmas Day?  Might a priest who revisits what happened to Christ on his last day be warning radical innovators that they too could be crucified, burned at the stake, torn on the rack, machine gunned, or nuked?

 

 Occupation Immortal

by Lee Corbin,  Page 207

 

Suppose your wish was the command of a unique genie, your future "you"?  How might a human intellect of today witness the heat death of the universe?  Here, Lee Corbin moves even further toward the infinite than in his earlier story (“The Million Million Days).

  

Kitty

by Linda Chamberlain

 

If you were someone’s pet, awakening in the future, might you find that your level of consciousness is now vastly advanced?  How might you relate to your former owner?  What kind of  “purpose in life” might you feel now awaited you?

 

ISSUE 7

 

Birth Scars

 Thomas Donaldson

 

What might a current day drug dealer think of future society?  Would he have a problem fitting into a society where crime doesn’t pay because nothing’s really illegal?  Might that lead to difficulty in “finding a job”?  Is adjustment to the future a problem for everyone?

 

Re-Creation

by Fred Chamberlain

 

Suppose sentient life were based on inorganic "cells"?  Where would those cells have come from?  How could they have evolved from simpler forms?  Might such a race of beings be in for a horrifying surprise, when they discover their origins?

 

Travelling

by Thomas Donaldson

 

If you awakened in the future with very little memory, would life still be worth living?   Would you want to know where or from whom you came?  What would others in your community be like?  What would the future seem to hold for you?

 

 Why Not?

by Fred Chamberlain

 

What about an entertainment system based on "reading " memories from a living brain?  If the system didn’t work right at first, in what ways might it work “wrong”?  Could there be some unsettling surprises, if you put in every last piece of data you could?

 

The Box

by Fred Chamberlain

 

Suppose a bored nanotech engineer made a copy of his own brain, but did it on his own and had no way to hook it up to the outside world?  Would that be an unkind thing to do?  What might the “brain in a box” think or do?  Where might it lead?  To revenge?

 

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Thank you for visiting this webpage!

 

Fred & Linda Chamberlain

 

 

 

 
 

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