Freezing down Author:Anders Bodelsen This science fiction novel is cryogenics, and at the time of the book's publication, the possibility of one day being able to quick-freeze an ill person until the time acure was discovered for the disease that would otherwise have killed him was much discussed in the news. — Bodelsen presents a protagonist named Bruno, stricken with a rare form o... more »f cancer, who agrees to this procedure. The novel relates what happens to him and how he feels each time he is resurrected to a society even more obsessed with immortality than it was previously.
The book finds Bruno, a sort of morose magazine editor pioneering this whole freezing down process by being put on ice from 1973-1995. When he comes out of it the assumption is that his cancer will be curable.
In the 1995 of Freezing Down people are being frozen left and right and the whole notion of life and death has become quite elastic and largely dependent on one's status, financial and otherwise.
Bodelsen also includes a sub-plot about a ballet dancer Bruno fell in love with before being frozen. As it turns out, she gave birth to a son by him and was put on ice herself until such time as she could be given a new spine.
Before it's all over Bruno is frozen down several times. He finally meets up with Jenny but she is beginning to deteriorate, as is Bruno and his increasingly senile doctor, who has also spent some time in the fridge. Bodelsen suggests that this all may be a result of power interruptions caused by forces hostile to the whole cryogenics thing, but he never quite pins that point down.
For Bruno, life in 1995, quite naturally--or unnaturally?--led to life in 2022.
Not uncommon these going downs and coming ups. And you may, as Bruno did, have such a journey. It's not at all impossible.