Hello! I’m Joe DiBuduo and I’d like to share why I
wrote Cryonic Man: A Paranormal Affair, my sci-fi / paranormal romance novel.
During my research for Cryonic
Man, I studied the procedures used in cryopreservation and I explain this process in the
novel. I first read that the concept of cryonics was introduced by Robert Ettinger, the founder of the Cryonics
Institute, in his landmark 1962 book, The Prospect of Immortality (latest edition
is Ria University Press, 2005).
At this writing (2015) it is illegal to perform
cryonic suspension on someone who is still alive. A person who undergoes this procedure must first be pronounced legally
dead – that is, their heart must have stopped beating. I’m sure your first question is, “But if someone
is dead, how can they ever be revived?”
According to scientists who perform cryonics, “legally dead” is not the same as “totally dead.” Total death,
medical science says, is the point at which all brain function ceases. Legal death occurs when the heart stops beating, but
some cellular brain function remains. Cryonics preserves what little cell function remains so that, theoretically, the person can be resuscitated in the future
How people are able to survive on the brink of death depends upon
medical technology. A hundred years ago, cardiac arrest was irreversible. People were declared dead when their heart stopped
beating. Today, death is believed to occur six minutes after the heart stops. After that time interval, it’s difficult
to resuscitate the brain.
However, with new experimental treatments, more minutes of cardiac
arrest can be survived without brain injury. Future technologies for molecular repair may extend the ability to resuscitate
people beyond what is imaginable today. The definition of death may be revised from “a permanent cessation of all vital
functions” to “a temporary pause in vital functions.”
Millions of people are captivated by the concept
of living, dying, and awaking dozens or hundreds of years from now. Cryonics may be a simple form of time travel that doesn’t
involve wormholes, speed of light travel, curved space-time, or breaking the scientific laws of Einstein’s theories.
Cryonic suspension could be used in long interstellar space flights.
Cryonics slows down or stops molecular activity
to halt aging, and more importantly, to avoid or extend to the future, the process of dying. For most of us, cryonics seems
bizarre, but it is plausible. When we get used to the idea that medical science will advance to the point in which dying people
can be healed and even aging can be reversed or slowed down, we can accept the idea that cryopreservation is obtainable in
our lifetime. Even now, molecular healing via nanobots is under research and will become a viable process in the near future.
Essentially, advanced technology in the
future will restore any cellular function destroyed by hypoxia, disease, the cryonic preservation process, or reperfusion
injury – damage caused when the blood supply returns to tissue after a period of ischemia, or lack of oxygen, such as after a heart attack. The point of cryogenics
is that nearly everyone who dies is only “mostly dead.”
Often, people confuse cryonics with cryogenics. Cryonics is a process and cryogenics is a field of study
– the study of the production and the behavior of materials at very low temperatures (below −150 °C, −238
°F or 123 K). Cryonics borrows from cryogenics but it is not subjected to the same rigors and is intrinsically based
on assumptions that seem quite plausible at the present time, but may or may not turn out to be true.
American baseball champ Ted Williams was cryopreserved in two parts – head and body – after his death in
2002. Stories about his body undergoing disrespectful treatment emerged soon after his cryonic procedure. Larry Johnson, a former chief operating
officer of Alcor Life Extension in Arizona, came forward to report “horrific” and “unethical” practices
by the company at that time.
includes a full-body preservation option or the “neuro option” of having only the head preserved, on the premise
that the brain is the seat of memory and that the human body and its organs may be easily regenerated from DNA in the future.
questions filled my mind after reading Ted Williams’ story:
Ted were revived, who would own his DNA?
those who had inherited his property have to return it if and when he is resuscitated?
skills of most anyone revived after a number of years would be outdated. Could an athlete regain championship status?
a person who wants to be frozen for future resuscitation invest in some type of insurance program to assure they’d have
an income when revived?
a young person were cryonically preserved, would he or she age?
if he or she was brought back to life after fifty years and he remained the same age at time of death and cryopreservation?
does the cryopreserved person’s soul go for fifty years?
there a spiritual world where people go after they die?
the cryopreserved person go to heaven, hell, or someplace else?
another spirit or soul possess a cryopreserved person’s body when that person is resuscitated after years in a cryonic
if a cryopreserved patient’s body is possessed by an evil spirit? Would the two souls combine and become one, or would
a battle for the body ensue?
would a cryopreserved person feel about children or other loved ones who are physically older?
would a cryopreserved patient feel about their spouse or partner who may end up being twice or three times their age after their
a cryopreserved patient is a champion sports figure like Ted Williams, would he or she want to resume their career?
there be laws written to protect the rights of cryopreserved and resuscitated persons?
I wrote Cryonic Man: A Paranormal Affair to answer these questions. So if you’d like to see my answers, please purchase a copy!