Suspended Animation: Putting Characters on Ice

  • H. G. StratmannEmail author
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


Suspended animation—the process of greatly slowing or stopping the body’s metabolic rate so a person does not age appreciably—has many uses in science fiction. Early stories such as Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward: 2000–1887 (1887), H.G. Wells’s When the Sleeper Wakes (1899), the debut of Buck Rogers (cited above), and Laurence Manning’s The Man Who Awoke (1933) employed mysterious drugs, hypnosis, gases, or freezing to put characters into prolonged “sleep” for one-way time travel to the distant future. More recent science fiction, including Frederik Pohl’s novel The Age of the Pussyfoot (1969) and Larry Niven’s “The Defenseless Dead” (1973), have explored the social and political dimensions of dealing with the frozen dead-but-not-dead vividly described by the term used in those works, “corpsicle.”


Hydrogen Sulfide Total Parenteral Nutrition Ground Squirrel Therapeutic Hypothermia Core Body Temperature 
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