the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of people who have died, usu. of an incurable disease, with the aim of reviving them once a cure has been found
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‘You can’t clone people, Eddie.’ ‘Not today, you can’t. Maybe you an' I won’t live to see it happen, either. But I can take ya inta Manhattan to a place where they'll freeze a slice o' yer skin, a lousy coupla million cells, an' keep 'em on ice 'til they can clone people. Tom Flannery’s there now, frozen like a popsicle, waitin' for 'em to invent a cure for leukemia; he tol' me about it. So how 'bout it, Rachel? You want cryonics? Or d'ya just wanna cry?’
I was lying frozen in an experimental medical cryonics lab while they used me for a guinea pig. I was the perfect subject. After all, I was already dead.
Grandfather himself had led me to believe so, before he got involved with Star Wars-style cryonics. As it stands now, the will can’t be probated until he’s declared legally dead.
There’s been a power outage at the cryonics laboratory. He and the other—er—occupants were accidentally defrosted and it—er—didn’t work.
He publicly backed cryonics and other methods of life prolongation.
I met White a year ago when he and I appeared on a talk show promoting cryonics.
Most of the remainder consists in consideration of an immense variety of speculative fiction proposals for life extension—from imaginary medicine to cryonics to vampirism to a wide variety of proposals for transferring the consciousness of a human being to some other material or nonmaterial substratum.
It took several years for Selene’s governing council to realize that a new trend had started. Cryonics. People were coming to Selene to be declared legally dead, then frozen into suspended animation in the hope that they could one day be cured of the disease that killed them, thawed, and returned to life once more. Cryonics had been banned in most of the Earth’s nations.
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The OED has a 1965 cite from "Christian Century", though this article mis-spells the society's name as "the Cryonic Society"; we would be interested in seeing other cites from 1965, or any antedating 1965.
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