CRYONICS

The Director of the Institute walked Peter along an endless sterile corridor.

‘So, Mr. Franks, when you choose your time to arrive here, you’ll get a secure shuttered unit assigned to you.’ The Director informed him.

‘So behind each of these shutters…?’ Peter tailed off.

The Director smiled. ‘Yes, behind each of these doors there is a person hung in suspension until their specified re-animation date.’

‘Do they feel anything?’

‘Not a thing. It’s a very deep sleep, that’s all.’

‘And when they are re-animated to continue their life?’

The Director paused. ‘Well, that’s a bit of an unknown at the moment,’ he mumbled. ‘Moving on.’ He smiled and strode away.

Peter stood staring after him.


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© Amy Reese

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above, thanks to Sandra for the photo this week).

For more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

41 responses to “CRYONICS”

  1. Hahahaha. Sounds about right.

    – esme upon the Cloud

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  2. That’s a dangerous gamble with people’s lives.

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  3. The scientific experiment untested. Good job. Very intriguing and a bit frightening!

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  4. Sounds like selling a scam actually.

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    1. I think he could well be 🙂

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  5. Oooooooo the future is zombies… This is good. Though I’m suspicious of the manager….

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    1. I’m not sure I would trust him with my life… 🙂 thanks for reading.

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  6. And he chooses that over peaceful death, that’s a dangerous choice. I would get out of there. Nicely told.

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  7. Not knowing when these suspended people will wake up. Seems a bit ifey to me. That’s key information lol. Nice write.

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  8. That would be my concern too!

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  9. Yeah, “a bit of an unknown” indeed 🙂

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  10. The ever open promise of cryogenics. Mr Franks sounds a bit gullible.

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  11. This gives “hanging out” a whole new meaning.

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  12. RIght…. I am so NOT going in that unit!

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    1. Maybe after they’ve tested it out on a few volunteers first 🙂

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  13. It is a bit like selling snake oil. Nice take.

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  14. I would not sign up!

    Lily

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  15. Excellent! I’m opting out of that program.

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  16. Seems like most salesmen commenting that we should be moving on when hitting a small snag in their presentation.
    Randy

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  17. Floating sounds nice, but they got to get the waking up part fixed! They can’t screw that up. Nicely told.

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    1. Thanks Amy, and thanks for the great prompt 🙂

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  18. Hehe, “bit of an unknown”, the good Director doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. 🙂 Great story Iain!

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  19. The scary thing is that there really are companies offering essentially this service

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  20. Your phrase “hung in suspension” gave me the creeps. Nice scary story.

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  21. Dear Iain,

    I think I’d be backing out of the building and then running to my car. Imaginative story, though. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I think so, second thoughts definitely! Thanks Rochelle.

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  22. I don’t normally ‘do’ what I would describe as sci-fi but the atmosphere and uncertaintly in this makes me want to read more!

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    1. Thanks Carol, glad you liked it.

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  23. This is great, gave me a good chuckle. Don’t ask me questions and I tell you no lies.

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    1. Thanks, glad you got a chuckle from it 🙂

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  24. That guy sounds like he should be selling snake oil off the back of a wagon. Who knows how you’d come back. I think I’d stop and stare also. Then I’d run not walk to the parking lot. Good writing, Iain. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. I get the feeling he won’t go through with it after all, but I’m sure there are some people who would! 🙂

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  25. Creepy. I’m feeling a zombie apocalypse scenario here! Fun story, well written. I would love to see more.

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    1. Thanks Anne – who knows what they will be like when they are woken up! 🙂

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  26. Sound a bit “iffy” to me, and I like it that way. Well done.

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