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Issue No. 11 - Editor's Letter

Updated: May 11, 2022


Editor's Letter

The Cryonics Issue

— “Technologies Of The Sublime” —

To Revivals 2022

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life” - Oscar Wilde

For the editorial letter of Immortalists Magazine’s Issue No. 11, our first issue focused on Cryonics, let’s start with a thought experiment:

“Imagine you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. You do all you can to cure it, but it spreads rapidly throughout your body. The pain becomes excruciating and unbearable. Your mind is deteriorating; your memories and personality could soon fade away, leaving no trace of who you once were. Since the illness is hereditary, years ago, you made the decision that if you ever found yourself in such agonizing and irreversible health conditions, you would choose Death With Dignity followed by Cryopreservation.

You make preparations, and within a few days, arrangements for the day of your imminent death are made. Within a few days, you have a gathering with friends and family to say goodbye. You take your medications, and you start fading away. Painlessly, you go to sleep, dreaming of a place where you reunite once again with your conscious self and your loved ones.

Now. You wake up.

The last thing you remember is the gathering with your friends and family. But you no longer feel the unbearable pain in your body due to the illness that was rapidly killing you alive. Your eyes start to adjust to the light, you look around, and the room looks familiar. You are on your bed and feel the softness of your sheets. You take a deep breath and smell the aroma of your favorite scents. You hear the birds singing outside the window. You stretch, look at your hands, and see the hands of your younger self: no wrinkles, no sunspots, no arthritis deformity. You immediately feel a rush of awe, curiosity, energy, and excitement throughout your body.

"Is this a dream?" You ask yourself. Testing your voice, you shout out loud: “Bambi!!” Your beloved dog immediately rushes in, jumps on your bed, starts licking your face, and barks with excitement. You cry tears of joy and ask yourself, "what year is it?" Your mind immediately connects to the web, and information about current events downloads into your awareness. You realize that a few hundred years have passed by. You actually never died!

Your future cyborg self has just woken up to the miracle of "A Second Chance At Life.” (Excerpt from IM Transhuman, the trilogy. Screenplay 2022. Dinorah Delfin)