Cryonics

What better product can a company offer than eternal life? This is what the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona sells to its 600 members. After death, their bodies are frozen and put to rest in liquid nitrogen. Some day, Alcor members hope, they will be brought back. So far, Alcor has frozen 53 people as well as some of their favorite pets. Shortly after "the end of the first life cycle", the human life span in Alcor lingo, specialists remove all bodily fluids of the deceased and replace it with anti-frost liquid. The body is then slowly cooled down and suspended in a nitrogen bath at -192¼C to avoid further decay.

A full body suspension costs $120,000. Some members prefer to put only their head on ice at a cost of $50,000. The organization does not promise to reanimate the dead, but hopes that science will find a way to bring people back.

Hugh Hixon is the chief technician at Alcor. He hopes some day to reunite with his frozen father, who has been in suspension in a big, aluminum tank since 1981. "This is like playing the lottery", Hixon says, "you have no guarantee to win, but in order to win you have to buy a ticket." He doesn't care whether he has to wait 100 or 1000 years. "Once you're dead, you just wait until they get you back in the future."

Full text by Peter Hossli: Frozen in Time