X-Message-Number: 0018.8
Subject: Cryonics FAQ: Part 8

		    Frequently Asked Question List
		      Section 8: Communications
		Last Modified Sun Jan 29 15:34:54 1995

(You can fetch cryomsg "n" by sending mail to  with the 
subject line "CRYOMSG n", where "n" is a mesage number.  There is
more about this in the answer to question 8-2.  The index
to this FAQ list is cryomsg "0018.1".  )

Copyright 1993 by Tim Freeman.  See the end of Section 1 for
restrictions on redistribution.

8-1.  How can I get more information?

Steve Bridge's "Introduction to Cryonics" gives a quick, three-page
overview of cryonics. This overview is cryomsg 972.

For a more detailed introduction, including a discussion of the
scientific evidence that freezing injury may be repairable, read the
booklet "Cryonics: Reaching for Tomorrow", which is available from the
Alcor Life Extension Foundation (Question 6-4 has the address).  It
includes an extensive Question and Answer section.

The books "Engines of Creation" and "Unbounding the Future", by
K. Eric Drexler, et al. describe nanotechnology (also called
molecular nanotechnology or molecular engineering).  This is the
kind of technology needed to revive anyone preserved with today's
methods of cryonic suspension.

The largest three suspension organizations each have newsletters.  For
contact information about on them, see the answer to Question 6-4.

8-2.  What is a cryomsg?  How do I fetch one?

There has been a cryonics mailing list since July 1988.  To get current
information about the mailing list, send email to 
with the message body "info cryonet".  To subscribe to the mailing
list, send email to  with the message body 
"subscribe cryonet".  Most Cryomsg's are archived messages from this 
mailing list.  

To get a cryomsg, send mail to  with the subject 
"CRYOMSG nnn nnn" where the nnn's are the numbers of the cryomsg's you
want.  (Some cryomsg's are at an old site.  For these cryomsg's, the
response to the mail to  will be instructions for
fetching the cryomsg from the old site, instead of the cryomsg you want.)
Also, all cryomsg's referenced in this FAQ (and a few others) are
available by anonymous FTP from pop.cs.cmu.edu, directory 
You will need to give the entire directory path at once to FTP, rather
than the commands "cd /afs" "cd cs.cmu.edu" and so forth, because the 
directories at the beginning of the path are protected from anonymous FTP 
access.  Cryomsgs numbers 100, 200, ..., 900 have one line summaries of the 
preceding 100 cryomsg's.  Message number 0000 has a top level index, 
and message number 0001 has the subjects of all of the messages.  Message 0004
has a list of cryonics suspension organizations and also
cryonics-related organizations and publications.  Message 0005 is
entitled "Suggested reference messages for new subscribers". 

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