Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cryogenics and The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Years ago I had an idea for a science fiction short story, and I wrote it and submitted it, but it was never accepted anywhere. Then I began to wonder why. We always wonder why. Then one day I read that a character waking up after being cryogenically preserved was considered to be an overused idea in science fiction and would never sell. So being insecure, I thought perhaps that was it, and I gave up on the story.
This is the general idea of the story…
What if a person was cryogenically preserved and over the years, perhaps hundreds? Then his body was moved around…bought and sold to different companies that came and went. The person preserved in my story had a broken spine and was paralyzed. He was young and hating his life in a wheelchair. So he gets cryogenically preserved. Then one day hundreds of year later, he wakes up in a hospital. The room has no windows and he is confined to the room. The doctor says he has to stay in the room because his immune system is too weak and he needs all these shots. The door is always locked.
So….one day the patient gets so bored that he sneaks out of the room. He breaks out somehow and wanders around the hospital still finding no windows. As he avoids people, etc, he eventually comes to a door that says do not open. Of course, he opens it and finds out there is no atmosphere on the other side. An alarm goes off. People rush over and shut the door. Then he finds out…he’s at a base on an asteroid, and must accept his new life away from Earth.
To this day I still like this story, and now that I’m less insecure I may try it again. How about you? Have you ever given up on a story because it was rejected? Or for other reasons where you just didn’t think it was good enough?
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