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From: Kennita Watson <>
Subject: Re: The Fountain, last comments, apology to Eric Geislinger
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 10:05:34 -0800

From: David Stodolsky <>
On 1 Dec 2006, at 23:12, Francois wrote:
>> I would, however, make
>> one suggestion to the cryonic enterprise. Why not create our own
>> story about
>> immortality, one reflecting our view of the subject?
> There is no 'story' here. What is interesting about a healthy
> individual going about their affairs without problems?

That wouldn't be the story.  There are many possible

- The first immortals dealing with the jealousy of
   those who can't afford early expensive treatments

- The first immortals dealing with the hate and fear
   of those with a vested interest in the status quo

- Immortals coming back from the stars to see what a
   mess short-timers made of the planet

- A (libertarian?) country of immortals and how much
   better they treat the planet (and each other?) than
   (surrounding?) (autocratic?) countries run by

- A country of short-timers whose leader becomes

- A scientist (group of scientists?) who solve(s) the
   aging problem and is hunted down by the government,
   blackmailed by the Mafia, denigrated by
   fundamentalists, or whatever else one can do to try
   to keep the secret from getting out

- A child is born (or made) (mutant or designed) who
   doesn't age, and spends years/decades/centuries on
   making the immortality more widely/universally
   available, first to his/her parents (assuming
   genetics play a part), then to more and more of the
   rest of the world

- Permutations on how immortality technology spreads
   through the population

These are the ones I came up with as fast as I could
type them -- I'm sure there are lots more for anyone
who spends time thinking about it.

Immortality stories boring?  Bah!

Live long and prosper,

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